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fracture

1 verb
     
Related topics: Illness and Disability
frac‧ture1 [intransitive and transitive]
1MI if a bone or other hard substance fractures, or if it is fractured, it breaks or cracks:
The immense pressure causes the rock to fracture.
fracture your leg/arm/hip etc
He fractured his right leg during training.
2 if a group, country etc fractures, or if it is fractured, it divides into parts in an unfriendly way because of disagreement [= split]:
The opposition has been fractured by bitter disputes.
WORD FOCUS: break WORD FOCUS: break
smash with a lot of force
shatter
into many pieces
split
into two pieces
snap
into two pieces, with a sudden loud noise
tear
paper/cloth
burst
pipe/tyre/balloon
crumble
break into a lot of small pieces
disintegrate
break into a lot of small pieces and be destroyed
fracture
if a bone fractures or you fracture it, it breaks slightly so that a small line appears on the surface


See also
break

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