1. [ verb ] violate or abuse

"This writer really fractures the language"

Related terms: pervert
2. [ noun ] (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
Synonyms: break geological_fault fault_line shift fault

"they built it right over a geological fault"

Related terms: crack strike-slip_fault inclined_fault San_Andreas_Fault denali_fault fault_line geology
3. [ verb ] fracture a bone of
Synonyms: break

: "I broke my foot while playing hockey"

Related terms: injure
4. [ verb ] break, as of a bone

: "She broke her clavicle"

Related terms: refracture
5. [ verb ] become fractured

: "The tibia fractured from the blow of the iron pipe"

Related terms: break
6. [ noun ] (medicine) breaking of hard tissue such as bone
Synonyms: break

"it was a nasty fracture" "the break seems to have been caused by a fall"

Related terms: injury compound_fracture fatigue_fracture compression_fracture complete_fracture displaced_fracture comminuted_fracture incomplete_fracture impacted_fracture simple_fracture capillary_fracture depressed_fracture crack
7. [ verb ] break into pieces

"The pothole fractured a bolt on the axle"

Related terms: break break
8. [ verb ] interrupt, break, or destroy

"fracture the balance of power"

Related terms: destroy
9. [ noun ] the act of cracking something
Synonyms: cracking crack
Related terms: breakage crack
Similar spelling:   fractured