• (British) IPA: /ˈɹʌptʃə/


  1. A burst, split, or break.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 7”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      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.
    • He knew that policy would disincline Napoleon from a rupture with his family.
    • 1761, The Modern Part of an Universal History
      Thus a war was kindled with Lubec; Denmark took part with the king's enemies, and made use of a frivolous pretence, which demonstrated the inclination of his Danish majesty to come to a rupture.
  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.
Translations Translations
  • German: Bruch
  • Russian: разры́в
Translations Translations Verb

rupture (ruptures, present participle rupturing; past and past participle ruptured)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To burst, break through, or split, as under pressure.
  2. (botany, intransitive) To dehisce irregularly.
  • Portuguese: romper
  • Russian: разрыва́ться

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