- fracture [frak′chər]n.[ME < OFr < L fractura, a breaking, breach, cleft < pp. of frangere, BREAK]1. a breaking or being broken2. a break, crack, or split3. a break in a body part, esp. in a bone, or a tear in a cartilage: see COMPOUND FRACTURE4. the texture, shape, etc. of the broken surface of a mineral as distinct from when it breaks along its cleavage plane [conchoidal fracture]vt., vi.fractured, fracturing1. to break, crack, or split2. to break up; disruptSYN.- BREAKfracturaladj.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.