Definition of fracture verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    fracture

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈfræktʃər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fracture
     
    he / she / it fractures
     
    past simple fractured
     
    -ing form fracturing
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to break or crack; to make something break or crack His leg fractured in two places. fracture something She fell and fractured her skull. a fractured pipeline
  2. 2 [intransitive, transitive] (formal) (of a society, an organization, etc.) to split into several parts so that it no longer functions or exists; to split a society or an organization, etc. in this way Many people predicted that the party would fracture and split. fracture something (into something) The company fractured into several smaller groups.
  3.  
    adjective [usually before noun] He suffered a badly fractured arm. (figurative) They spoke a sort of fractured German.
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