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fractureverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈfræk.tʃər/  us   /-tʃɚ/
If something hard, such as a ​bone, fractures, or is fractured, it ​breaks or cracks: She fractured her skull in the ​accident. Two of her ​ribs fractured when she was ​thrown from her ​horse. A fractured ​pipe at a ​steelworks has ​leaked 20 ​tons of ​oil into the Severn ​estuary. formal to ​divide an ​organization or ​society, or (of an ​organization or ​society) to be ​divided: Intense ​disagreement over ​economicpolicyrisks fracturing the ​coalitiongovernment.

fracturenoun [C]

uk   /ˈfræk.tʃər/  us   /-tʃɚ/
a ​break or crack in something hard, ​especially a ​bone: He ​suffered/​sustained multiple fractures in a ​motorcycleaccident. He has a hairline fracture (= a ​thinbrokenline in the ​bone) of the ​wrist.
(Definition of fracture from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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fractureverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈfræk·tʃər/
to ​crack or ​break something, esp. a ​bone: [T] She fractured her ​skull in the ​accident. [I] This ​mineral fractures along ​straightlines.

fracturenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈfræk·tʃər/
a ​crack or ​break, esp. in a ​bone: He had a ​hairline fracture (= a ​thincrack in the ​bone) of the ​toe. earth science Fracture is also the way that a ​particularkind of ​rock usually ​breaks, or the ​shape of ​brokenpieces.
(Definition of fracture from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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