[frak-cher] /ˈfræk tʃər/
the breaking of a bone, cartilage, or the like, or the resulting condition.
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the act of breaking; state of being broken.
a break, breach, or split.
the characteristic manner of breaking:
a material of unpredictable fracture.
the characteristic appearance of a broken surface, as of a mineral.
verb (used with object), fractured, fracturing.
to cause or to suffer a fracture in (a bone, etc.).
to break or crack.
Slang. to amuse highly or cause to laugh heartily; delight:
The new comic really fractured the audience.
verb (used without object), fractured, fracturing.
to become fractured; break:
a mineral that does not fracture easily.
the act of breaking or the state of being broken
a division, split, or breach
to break or cause to break; split
to break or crack (a bone) or (of a bone) to become broken or cracked
to tear (a cartilage) or (of a cartilage) to become torn
early 15c., “a breaking of a bone,” from Middle French fracture (14c.), from Latin fractura “a breach, break, cleft,” from fractus, past participle of frangere “to break” (see fraction).
1610s (implied in fractured), from fracture (n.). Related: Fracturing.
fracture frac·ture (frāk’chər)
To cause to break.
A break or rupture in bone tissue. ◇ A comminuted fracture results in more than two fragments. ◇ Although most fractures are caused by a direct blow or sudden, twisting force, stress fractures result from repetitive physical activity. ◇ In an incomplete fracture, the fracture line does not completely traverse the bone.
noun, Oceanography. 1. a long, narrow rift on the ocean floor, separating areas of differing depth: where such a zone crosses a mid-ocean ridge, it displaces the ridge by faulting.
[frak-tuh s] /ˈfræk təs/ adjective, Meteorology. (of a cloud) 1. containing small, individual elements that have a ragged appearance.
communications Frame Relay Access Device. Frame Relay access device
[frey] /freɪ/ preposition, adverb, Scot. 1. . /freɪ/ preposition 1. a Scot word for from