Rup"ture (?; 135), n. [L. ruptura, fr. rumpere, ruptum to break: cf. F. rupture. See Reave, and cf. Rout a defeat.]


The act of breaking apart, or separating; the state of being 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. Milton.


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 desincline Napoleon from a rupture with his family. E. Everett.

3. Med.

Hernia. See Hernia.


A bursting open, as of a steam boiler, in a less sudden manner than by explosion. See Explosion.

Modulus of rupture. (Engin.) See under Modulus.

Syn. -- Fracture; breach; break; burst; disruption; dissolution. See Fracture.


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Rup"ture, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ruptured (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Rupturing.]


To part by violence; to break; to burst; as, to rupture a blood vessel.


To produce a hernia in.


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Rup"ture, v. i.

To suffer a breach or disruption.


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