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Definition a crack (or break) of a hard object — such as bone or rock; or the act of cracking or breaking

Fracture can also be used metaphorically as in "fracture the balance of power."
  • fractured the shinbone
fractured = broke
  • fracture in the earth's crust
  • The pothole fractured a bolt on the axle
  • it was a nasty fracture
  • A simple fracture.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • fracture = crack (in the bone)
  • Her leg had been so swollen and painful all along that the doctor had not even tried to set the fractures,
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • fractures = breaks
  • You haven't any fracture.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • fracture = crack (in the bone)
  • I was coated in ice, too, that fractured and crackled as I moved.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • My shoulder was dislocated, but I only fractured two ribs.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • 'Fracture wound, simple projectile, type O.' It doesn't say anything about amputation, does it?
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • Byrnes was in serious condition at Sacred Heart with multiple fractures, his face so badly beaten as to be unrecognizable.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • It is a hoop to be fractured by a tiny jar.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • Smaller fractures appeared, webbing her skin.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • The stone had actually cracked in two, a thin fracture running its entire length, but the trembling had stopped completely.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  The Secret Hour
  • I imagine the atmosphere got a little tense when Carlisle had to rebreak the fractures -
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • He wants to fracture the group before July.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • Sometimes we're fractured by the choices we make; sometimes we're shattered by things we would never have chosen.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • A reeling smear of words, twitching gestures, fractured lights, features, a flickering gauntlet of tumult and dismay.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Rumbles of thunder and the sound of rock fracturing combined to make a horrible chorus as the ground beneath Thomas continued to shake.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • Then the sunlight was fractured by thin trunks of tilting trees.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things

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