Borrowed from Middle French rupture, or its source, Latin ruptūra (“a breaking, rupture (of a limb or vein)”) and Medieval Latin ruptūra (“a road, a field, a form of feudal tenure, a tax, etc.”), from the participle stem of rumpere (“to break, burst”).
- A burst, split, or break.
- A social breach or break, between individuals or groups.
- (medicine) A break or tear in soft tissue, such as a muscle.
- (engineering) A failure mode in which a tough ductile material pulls apart rather than cracking.
- (transitive, intransitive) To burst, break through, or split, as under pressure.
- (botany, intransitive) To dehisce irregularly.
- rupture in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- rupture in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- rupture at OneLook Dictionary Search
rupture f (plural ruptures)