From Middle English fracture, from Old French fracture, from Latin fractūra (“a breach, fracture, cleft”), from frangere (“to break”), past participle fractus, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰreg-, from whence also English break. See fraction. Doublet of fraktur.
fracture (plural fractures)
- An instance of breaking, a place where something has broken.
- (medicine) A break in bone or cartilage.
- (geology) A fault or crack in a rock.
- (transitive, intransitive) To break, or cause something to break.
- (transitive, slang) To amuse (a person) greatly; to split someone's sides.
- 2013, Frank De Blase, Pine Box for a Pin-Up:
- “You fracture me, Frankie,” Patsy said. “You should take that act on the road. Howsabout now?” This is the way it would go whenever I showed up at Patsy's, a dual of digs and wisecracks with the disapproving groans of those within earshot.
- fracture in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- fracture in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
fracture f (plural fractures)
- → Romanian: fractură
- “fracture”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.