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fracture

frac·ture

fracture

 
pronunciation:
fraek chr
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of breaking or the state of being broken, esp. a bone.
 
synonyms:
break
similar words:
breach, crack, division, rift, split
definition 2: the appearance of the surface of a mineral when it breaks, or the manner in which a mineral breaks.
synonyms:
cleavage
similar words:
rift
definition 3: a break, crack, or rupture.
synonyms:
break, rupture
similar words:
crack, fissure, rent, rift
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: fractured, fractures, fracturing
definition 1: to break or cause a break in, esp. a bone.
synonyms:
break, crack
similar words:
fissure, rift
definition 2: to cause disorder or disturbance in; disrupt.
synonyms:
crack, disrupt, rend
similar words:
break, shatter
definition 3: (slang) to amuse deeply.
That joke really fractured me.The boom of the cannon fractured the silence.
synonyms:
crack up
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to break or crack.
The skaters fled the pond as the ice began to fracture.
synonyms:
break, crack, split
similar words:
fissure, rift, rupture, shatter, snap
derivations: fracturable (adj.), fractural (adj.)
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The word fracture contains the following parts:
fract, frag Latin root that means break