Definition of rupture noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈrʌptʃə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌptʃər//
    [countable, uncountable] Injuries
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  1. 1(medical) an injury in which something inside the body breaks apart or bursts the rupture of a blood vessel See related entries: Injuries
  2. 2a situation when something breaks or bursts ruptures of oil and water pipelines
  3. 3(informal) a hernia of the abdomen I nearly gave myself a rupture lifting that pile of books.
  4. 4(formal) the ending of agreement or of good relations between people, countries, etc. a rupture in relations between the two countries Nothing could heal the rupture with his father.
  5. Word Originlate Middle English (as a noun): from Old French rupture or Latin ruptura, from rumpere ‘to break’. The verb dates from the mid 18th cent.
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