• WordNet 3.6
    • v rupture separate or cause to separate abruptly "The rope snapped","tear the paper"
    • n rupture the act of making a sudden noisy break
    • n rupture a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions) "they hoped to avoid a break in relations"
    • n rupture state of being torn or burst open
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die
    • Rupture A bursting open, as of a steam boiler, in a less sudden manner than by explosion. See Explosion.
    • Rupture Breach of peace or concord between individuals; open hostility or war between nations; interruption of friendly relations; as, the parties came to a rupture . "He knew that policy would disincline Napoleon from a rupture with his family."
    • Rupture (Med) Hernia. See Hernia.
    • Rupture 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. "Hatch from the egg, that soon,
      Bursting with kindly rupture , forth disclosed
      Their callow young."
    • Rupture To part by violence; to break; to burst; as, to rupture a blood vessel.
    • Rupture To produce a hernia in.
    • v. i Rupture To suffer a breach or disruption.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rupture The act of breaking or bursting; the state of being broken or violently parted: as, a rupture of the skin; the rupture of a vessel or fiber.
    • n rupture In pathology, hernia, especially abdominal hernia.
    • n rupture A breach of peace or concord, either between individuals or between nations; open hostility or war between nations; a quarrel.
    • n rupture Synonyms Breach, etc. See fracture.
    • rupture To break; burst; part by violence: as, to rupture a blood-vessel.
    • rupture To affect with or cause to suffer from rupture or hernia.
    • rupture To cause a break or severance of: as, to rupture friendly relations.
    • rupture To suffer a break or rupture; break.
    • rupture In botany, specifically, to dehisce irregularly; dehisce in a ruptile manner.
    • n rupture In mech.: The splitting or tearing of a boiler or tank from internal pressure or stress, as distinguished from an explosion in which it flies into pieces.
    • n rupture A breakage or tearing apart by tensile stress in excess of the resisting capacity of the piece.
    • rupture To tear apart; open along a line or at one point, without destroying the whole structure: said of boilers or tanks, as distinguished from explode.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rupture rup′tūr the act of breaking or bursting: the state of being broken: a breach of the peace: hernia (q.v.), esp. abdominal
    • v.t Rupture to break or burst: to part by violence
    • v.i Rupture to suffer a breach:
    • v.i Rupture (bot.) to dehisce irregularly
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    Richard M. DeVos
    “Money cannot buy peace of mind. It cannot heal ruptured relationships, or build meaning into a life that has none.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ruptura, fr. rumpere, ruptum, to break: cf. F. rupture,. See Reave, and cf. Rout a defeat


In literature:

Meantime Spain was drawing toward a rupture with England and an active alliance with France.
"The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783" by A. T. Mahan
The one, if exposed to the light before ripening, by rupture of its sheath, turns red.
"Cambridge Essays on Education" by Various
It is also quite possible for the hymen to be ruptured by falls and other accidents.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
Mars White was a ruptured man.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume II, Arkansas Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
You see, if it comes to a rupture she will allow no half-measures.
"Lady Rose's Daughter" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The first rent would inaugurate universal rupture.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 51, January, 1862" by Various
He would have been more hurt by this rupture but for that other and abiding pain.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
Now, wherever optical continuity is ruptured we have reflection of the incident light.
"Six Lectures on Light" by John Tyndall
The indication of elasticity should rather be sought for in the reduction of the area of the bar at the point of rupture.
"Scientific American Supplement, Vol. XIX, No. 470, Jan. 3, 1885" by Various
It was known that Wickersham had nearly come to a rupture with the hard-headed Scotchman over it; but Wickersham won.
"Gordon Keith" by Thomas Nelson Page

In poetry:

Lord, I know when the bleeding heart
Looks up to Thee, Thou wilt impart
Upon each ruptured broken part
The soothing balm of Thy sweet love.
"My Prayer" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
Do you mean to tell me there should be no fissure?
No glittering, compact drops of dawn?
Do you mean it is wrong, the gold-filmed skin, integument,
shown ruptured?
"PomegranateYOU tell me I am wrong." by D H Lawrence
Dreading the answer from her burning bush:
This unconsuming flame, the outlaw's blow,
Plague, exodus, Sinai, ruptured stones that gush,
God's telegram: Dare Now! Let this people go!
"Morning Coffee " by A D Hope
We turned the cranks and wrenched him hour by hour.
In silence he endured. He would not speak
Of the hidden ore. At last his joints burst out
And jetting from the ruptures fire broke.
"The Island" by George Woodcock
In the Shreve High football stadium,
I think of Polacks nursing long beers in Tiltonsville,
And gray faces of Negroes in the blast furnace at Benwood,
And the ruptured night watchman of Wheeling Steel,
Dreaming of heroes.
"Autumn Begins In Martins Ferry, Ohio" by James Wright

In news:

Crews on Tuesday said that they believed a ruptured gas line was to blame for the explosion.
Mission neighborhood evacuated after gas line ruptures.
The initial investigation of a ruptured four-inch Avista gas line in downtown Lewiston has begun.
The rupture happened at Augusta Estates Mobile Home Park on Milledgeville Road.
The smell that has upset neighbors living downwind from a pipeline rupture at a former naval weapons station in Concord may last for days.
A giant sinkhole opened up in Oxnard early Sunday morning after a 12-inch water line ruptured.
Emergency crews evacuated Heartland Petroleum after a pressure rupture was reported Monday morning.
Water expands as it freezes, causing the pipe to rupture.
Ruptured water pipe to be examined.
Enbridge pipeline in Wisconsin ruptures.
A sudden rupture or malfunction of a part or apparatus due to pressure.
2, seems to have ruptured.
Science Now reports that yesterday's 7.0 temblor ruptured only a part of the same segment that 240 years ago unleashed a 7.5 quake—20 times more powerful than yesterday's.
Back in August, the main ruptured, causing massive flooding in the area.
Contractor responsible for Oakwood Road gas line rupture.

In science:

Good statistical agreement is obtained for the crack growth profile and final rupture time.
Thermal activation of rupture and slow crack growth in a model of homogenous brittle materials
Zhurkov introduced a kinetic concept of strength of solids, where time to rupture follows an Arrhenius law with an energy barrier decreasing with increasing stress .
Thermal activation of rupture and slow crack growth in a model of homogenous brittle materials
However, another fundamental ingredient not usually taken into account is the irreversibility of the rupture mechanism, leading to dynamics out of equilibrium.
Thermal activation of rupture and slow crack growth in a model of homogenous brittle materials
The threshold for rupture at the crack tip will be given by a critical value of stress intensity factor Kc as is usual laboratory practice.
Thermal activation of rupture and slow crack growth in a model of homogenous brittle materials
We will review now the different transport regimes (tunneling, atomic contact and weak-link) accesible through the fabrication and rupture of a superconducting nanobridge.
Superconducting nanostructures fabricated with the STM