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rupture

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French rupture, or its source, Latin ruptura (a breaking, rupture (of a limb or vein), in Medieval Latin also a road, a field, a form of feudal tenure, a tax, etc.), from the participle stem of rumpere (to break, burst).

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NounEdit

rupture (plural ruptures)

  1. A burst, split, or break.
    • Milton
      Hatch from the egg, that soon, / Bursting with kindly rupture, forth disclosed / Their callow young.
  2. A social breach or break, between individuals or groups.
    • E. Everett
      He knew that policy would disincline Napoleon from a rupture with his family.
  3. (medicine) A break or tear in soft tissue, such as a muscle.
  4. (engineering) A failure mode in which a tough ductile material pulls apart rather than cracking.

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VerbEdit

rupture (third-person singular simple present ruptures, present participle rupturing, simple past and past participle ruptured)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To burst, break through, or split, as under pressure.

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ParticipleEdit

ruptūre

  1. vocative masculine singular of ruptūrus