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Definition of fracture verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    fracture

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈfræktʃə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfræktʃər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fracture
    BrE BrE//ˈfræktʃə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfræktʃər//
     
    he / she / it fractures
    BrE BrE//ˈfræktʃəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfræktʃərz//
     
    past simple fractured
    BrE BrE//ˈfræktʃəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfræktʃərd//
     
    past participle fractured
    BrE BrE//ˈfræktʃəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfræktʃərd//
     
    -ing form fracturing
    BrE BrE//ˈfræktʃərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfræktʃərɪŋ//
     
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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 See related entries: Injuries
  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 was fractured into several smaller groups.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from French, or from Latin fractura, from frangere ‘to break’.Extra examples A gas escape from a fractured pipe was the likely cause of the explosion. Cast iron is not only heavy, but likely to fracture. He fell and fractured his skull.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fracture