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fracture

verb [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 economic policy risks fracturing the coalition government.

fracture

noun [C] uk   /ˈfræk.tʃər/  us   /-tʃɚ/
a break or crack in something hard, especially a bone: He suffered/sustained multiple fractures in a motorcycle accident. He has a hairline fracture (= a thin broken line in the bone) of the wrist.
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