Fracture


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fracture (verb)
1.
to cause to separate into pieces usually suddenly or forcibly
SYNONYMS:
break up, bust, distintegrate, dismember, disrupt, fracture, fragment, rive
RELATED WORDS:
atomize, crush, grind, powder, pulverize, reduce; blast, blow up, burst, detonate, explode; crack, pop, shatter, shiver, smash; chip, sliver, splinter, split; implode; destroy, ruin, wreck
NEAR ANTONYMS:
doctor, fix, heal, mend, patch, rebuild, recondition, reconstruct, renovate, repair
fracture (verb)
2.
to fail to keep
SYNONYMS:
breach, break, contravene, fracture, infringe, offend, traduce, transgress
RELATED WORDS:
disobey, rebel; blow off, brush (off), disregard, flout, ignore, neglect, overlook, overpass, pass over, slight, tune out, wink (at); dismiss, pooh-pooh ( pooh), scorn, shrug off; defy, resist, withstand
NEAR ANTONYMS:
defer (to), serve, submit (to), surrender (to), yield (to); attend, hear, heed, listen (to), mark, note, notice, regard, watch
comply (with), conform (to), follow, mind, obey, observe
Fracture (Wikipedia)

Fracture is the separation of an object or material into two or more pieces under the action of stress. The fracture of a solid usually occurs due to the development of certain displacement discontinuity surfaces within the solid. If a displacement develops perpendicular to the surface of displacement, it is called a normal tensile crack or simply a crack; if a displacement develops tangentially to the surface of displacement, it is called a shear crack, slip band, or dislocation.

Brittle fractures occur with no apparent deformation before fracture; ductile fractures occur when visible deformation does occur before separation. Fracture strength or breaking strength is the stress when a specimen fails or fractures. A detailed understanding of how fracture occurs in materials may be assisted by the study of fracture mechanics.

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