What does rupture mean?

Definitions for rupture
ˈrʌp tʃərrup·ture

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word rupture.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rupturenoun

    state of being torn or burst open

  2. rupture, breach, break, severance, rift, falling outnoun

    a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)

    "they hoped to avoid a break in relations"

  3. ruptureverb

    the act of making a sudden noisy break

  4. tear, rupture, snap, bustverb

    separate or cause to separate abruptly

    "The rope snapped"; "tear the paper"


  1. rupturenoun

    A burst, split, or break.

  2. rupturenoun

    A social breach or break, between individuals or groups.

  3. rupturenoun

    A break or tear in soft tissue, such as a muscle.

  4. rupturenoun

    A failure mode in which a tough ductile material pulls apart rather than cracking.

  5. ruptureverb

    To burst, break through, or split, as under pressure.

  6. Etymology: From rupture, or its source, ruptura, from the participle stem of rumpere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Rupturenoun

    Etymology: rupture, Fr. from ruptus, Lat.

    Th’ egg,
    Bursting with kindly rupture, forth disclos’d
    Their callow young. John Milton.

    A lute string will bear a hundred weight without rupture, but at the same time cannot exert its elasticity. Arbuthnot.

    The diets of infants ought to be extremely thin, such as lengthen the fibres without rupture. Arbuthnot.

    When the parties, that divide the commonwealth, come to a rupture, it seems every man’s duty to chuse a side. Jonathan Swift.

    The rupture of the groin or scrotum is the most common species of hernia. Samuel Sharp, Surgery.

  2. To Ruptureverb

    To break; to burst; to suffer disruption.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The vessels of the brain and membranes, if ruptured, absorb the extravasated blood. Samuel Sharp, Surgery.


  1. rupture

    Rupture is the act of breaking or bursting suddenly and completely, causing damage or discontinuation. It can also refer to an instance of a relationship or a situation being broken off or disrupted. In medicine, it may refer to the bursting or tearing of an organ or tissue.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rupturenoun

    the act of breaking apart, or separating; the state of being broken asunder; as, the rupture of the skin; the rupture of a vessel or fiber; the rupture of a lutestring

  2. Rupturenoun

    breach of peace or concord between individuals; open hostility or war between nations; interruption of friendly relations; as, the parties came to a rupture

  3. Rupturenoun

    hernia. See Hernia

  4. Rupturenoun

    a bursting open, as of a steam boiler, in a less sudden manner than by explosion. See Explosion

  5. Ruptureverb

    to part by violence; to break; to burst; as, to rupture a blood vessel

  6. Ruptureverb

    to produce a hernia in

  7. Ruptureverb

    to suffer a breach or disruption

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rupture

    rup′tūr, n. the act of breaking or bursting: the state of being broken: a breach of the peace: hernia (q.v.), esp. abdominal.—v.t. to break or burst: to part by violence.—v.i. to suffer a breach: (bot.) to dehisce irregularly.—adj. Rup′tile (bot.), dehiscent by an irregular splitting of the walls.—n. Rup′tion, a breach.—adj. Rup′tive.—n. Rup′tūary, a member of the plebeian class. [Fr.,—Low L. ruptura—L. rumpĕre, ruptum, to break.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Rupture

    Forcible or traumatic tear or break of an organ or other soft part of the body.


  1. Rupture

    Rupture was an online destination connecting gamers and allowing them to share gaming experiences, events, challenges, and achievements. The site was founded by Shawn Fanning and investor Ron Conway. After working together with the original Napster and then with music distributor Snocap, the two began work on Rupture, a social network for MMORPGs; primarily for World of WarCraft (WOW) gamers.The company was based in San Francisco, California. Parent company ThreeSF, Inc., was acquired by Electronic Arts on May 28, 2008.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. rupture

    This word signifies the commencement of hostilities between any two or more powers.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rupture in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rupture in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of rupture in a Sentence

  1. Daniel McNamara:

    Any one of these fault zones that are producing magnitude 3 or 4 earthquakes could rupture into a larger earthquake. There are as many as 12 different fault zones that are capable of producing a large, 5 to 6 magnitude earthquake.

  2. Amanda Gorman:

    Poetry is a weapon. It is an instrument of social change...and poetry is one of the most political arts out there because it demands that you rupture and destabilize the language in which you're working with. Inherently, you are pushing against the status quo. And so for me, it's always existed in that tradition of truth-telling.

  3. Michelle Bachelet:

    Imagine that? The president resigning. That's a constitutional rupture, the truth has to be told, so just in case - I never thought about resigning and I don't plan on resigning at any time.

  4. Eugène Ionesco:

    I believe that in the history of art and of thought there has always been at every living moment of culture a will to renewal. This is not the prerogative of the last decade only. All history is nothing but a succession of crises -- of rupture, repudiation and resistance. When there is no crisis, there is stagnation, petrifaction and death. All thought, all art is aggressive.

  5. Dejan Stojanovic:

    Life into death—life’s other shape, no rupture, only crossing.

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