- The definition of a fracture is a break or crack.
An example of a fracture is a broken toe.
- Fracture is defined as to break, crack or split.
An example of fracture is splitting a tree branch into two pieces.
This x-ray reveals a fractured leg.
- a breaking or being broken
- a break, crack, or split
- a break in a body part, esp. in a bone, or a tear in a cartilage
- the texture, shape, etc. of the broken surface of a mineral as distinct from when it breaks along its cleavage plane: conchoidal fracture
Origin of fractureMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin fractura, a breaking, breach, cleft ; from past participle of frangere, break
- a. The act or process of breaking.b. The condition of having been broken or ruptured: “a sudden and irreparable fracture of the established order” (W. Bruce Lincoln).
- A break, rupture, or crack, especially in bone or cartilage.
- Mineralogy a. The characteristic manner in which a mineral breaks.b. The characteristic appearance of the surface of a broken mineral.
- Geology A crack or fault in a rock.
verbfrac·tured, frac·tur·ing, frac·tures
- a. To cause to break: The impact of the fall fractured the bone. See Synonyms at break.b. To undergo a break in (a bone): He fractured his ankle in the fall.
- To disrupt or destroy as if by breaking: fractured the delicate balance of power.
- To abuse or misuse flagrantly, as by violating rules: ignorant writers who fracture the language.
- Slang To cause to laugh heartily: “Jack Benny fractured audiences &ellipsis; for more than 50 years” (Newsweek).
Origin of fractureMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin frāctūra, from frāctus, past participle of frangere, to break; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.
left to right: transverse, oblique, and greenstick fractures
(third-person singular simple present fractures, present participle fracturing, simple past and past participle fractured)
- to break, or cause something to break
From Old French, from Latin fractura (“a breach, fracture, cleft”), from frangere (“to break”), past participle fractus, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrag-, from whence also English break. See fraction.