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Meaning of rupture

rup•ture

Pronunciation: (rup'chur), [key]
— n., v., -tured, -tur•ing.
—n.
  1. the act of breaking or bursting: The flood led to the rupture of the dam.
  2. the state of being broken or burst: a rupture in the earth's surface.
  3. a breach of harmonious, friendly, or peaceful relations.
  4. hernia, esp. abdominal hernia.
—v.t.
  1. to break or burst: He ruptured a blood vessel.
  2. to cause a breach of: to rupture friendly relations.
  3. to affect with hernia.
—v.i.
  1. to suffer a break or rupture.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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