rupture

A rupture is a break or tear in something that pulls it apart. A rupture can be a literal break, like the one that happens in, say, a gas line, or it can be more figurative, as in a friendship or a business deal.

The oil spill was less of a spill than it was a rupture: the line leading to the well was severed, allowing the oil to flow into the ocean. Rupture works as both a noun and a verb. You can rupture the silence by screaming your head off, and any number of events in Star Trek can cause a rupture in the space-time continuum.

Definitions of rupture
  1. noun
    the act of making a sudden noisy break
    see moresee less
    type of:
    break, breakage, breaking
    the act of breaking something
  2. noun
    the state of being torn or burst open
    see moresee less
    types:
    show 11 types...
    hide 11 types...
    hernia, herniation
    rupture in smooth muscle tissue through which a bodily structure protrudes
    herniated disc, ruptured intervertebral disc, slipped disc
    a painful rupture of the fibrocartilage of the disc between spinal vertebrae; occurs most often in the lumbar region
    colpocele, vaginocele
    hernia projecting into the vagina
    diverticulum
    a herniation through the muscular wall of a tubular organ (especially the colon)
    eventration
    protrusion of the intestine through the abdominal wall
    exomphalos
    an umbilical hernia at birth in which some abdominal organs push into the umbilical cord
    diaphragmatic hernia, hiatal hernia, hiatus hernia
    hernia resulting from the protrusion of part of the stomach through the diaphragm
    inguinal hernia
    hernia in which a loop of intestine enters the inguinal canal; the most common type of hernia in males
    keratocele
    hernia of the cornea
    laparocele
    hernia through the abdomen
    omphalocele, umbilical hernia
    protrusion of the intestine and omentum through a hernia in the abdominal wall near the navel; usually self correcting after birth
    type of:
    harm, hurt, injury, trauma
    any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
  3. noun
    a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
    synonyms: breach, break, falling out, rift, severance
    see moresee less
    types:
    schism
    the formal separation of a church into two churches or the withdrawal of one group over doctrinal differences
    type of:
    breakup, detachment, separation
    coming apart
  4. verb
    separate or cause to separate abruptly
    synonyms: bust, snap, tear
    see moresee less
    types:
    show 4 types...
    hide 4 types...
    lacerate
    cut or tear irregularly
    pull, rend, rent, rip, rive
    tear or be torn violently
    rip up, shred, tear up
    tear into shreds
    tease
    tear into pieces
    type of:
    disunite, divide, part, separate
    force, take, or pull apart
Word Family