Meaning of “fracture” in the English Dictionary

"fracture" in British English

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fractureverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˈfræk.tʃər/ us /ˈfræk.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 economic policy risks fracturing the coalition government.

fracturenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfræk.tʃər/ us /ˈfræk.tʃɚ/

(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 straight lines.

fracturenoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈfræk·tʃər/

a crack or break, esp. in a bone:

He had a hairline fracture (= a thin crack in the bone) of the toe.

earth science Fracture is also the way that a particular kind of rock usually breaks, or the shape of broken pieces.

(Definition of “fracture” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)