- The definition of a rupture is an instance where something bursts or suddenly breaks.
- An example of a rupture is a situation where an artery has broken open suddenly.
- An example of a rupture is when two countries stop having friendly relations.
- To rupture is to break or burst, or to cause to break or burst.
An example of rupture is when a pipe bursts.
- the act of breaking apart or bursting, or the state of being broken apart or burst; breach
- a breaking off of friendly or peaceful relations, as between countries or individuals
- Med. a hernia; esp.,
- an abdominal or inguinal hernia
- a forcible tearing or bursting of an organ or part, as of a blood vessel, the bladder, etc.
Origin of ruptureLate Middle English ruptur from Middle French rupture from Classical Latin ruptura from ruptus, past participle of rumpere, to break from Indo-European an unverified form reup- from base an unverified form reu-, to tear out, tear apart, break from source rob, rub
intransitive verb-·tured, -·tur·ing
- to break apart or burst
- to affect with, undergo, or suffer a rupture
- An instance of breaking open or bursting: a rupture in the fuel line.
- A break in friendly relations.
- Medicine a. A hernia, especially of the groin or intestines.b. A tear in an organ or tissue: rupture of an appendix; ligament rupture.
verbrup·tured, rup·tur·ing, rup·tures
Origin of ruptureMiddle English from Old French from Latin ruptūra from ruptus past participle of rumpere to break ; see reup- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present ruptures, present participle rupturing, simple past and past participle ruptured)