|1.||[ verb ] violate or abuse|
"This writer really fractures the language"
|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|
: "I broke my foot while playing hockey"
|4.||[ verb ] break, as of a bone|
: "She broke her clavicle"
|5.||[ verb ] become fractured|
: "The tibia fractured from the blow of the iron pipe"
|6.||[ noun ] (medicine) breaking of hard tissue such as bone|
"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"
|9.||[ noun ] the act of cracking something|
|Related terms:||breakage crack|