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frac•ture



Pronunciation: (frak'chur), [key]
n., v., -tured, -tur•ing.


n.
1. the breaking of a bone, cartilage, or the like, or the resulting condition. Cf. comminuted fracture, complete fracture, compound fracture, greenstick fracture, simple fracture.
2. the act of breaking; state of being broken.
3. a break, breach, or split.
4. the characteristic manner of breaking: a material of unpredictable fracture.
5. the characteristic appearance of a broken surface, as of a mineral.

v.t.
1. to cause or to suffer a fracture in (a bone, etc.).
2. to break or crack.
3. Slang.to amuse highly or cause to laugh heartily; delight: The new comic really fractured the audience.

v.i.
to become fractured; break: a mineral that does not fracture easily.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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