1. breaking of hard tissue such as bone

    Synonyms : break
    Type Of : trauma, hurt, injury, harm
    Examples :
    • it was a nasty fracture
  2. fracture a bone of

    Synonyms : break
    Type Of : wound, injure
  3. (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other

    Synonyms : break, fault, faulting, geological fault, shift
    Type Of : scissure, fissure, crevice, crack, cleft
  4. the act of cracking something

    Synonyms : crack, cracking
    Type Of : break, breakage, breaking
  5. become fractured

    Type Of : discontinue, break off, stop, break
    Examples :
    • The tibia fractured from the blow of the iron pipe
  6. break into pieces

    Type Of : break
    Examples :
    • The pothole fractured a bolt on the axle
  7. interrupt, break, or destroy

    Type Of : destroy, destruct
    Examples :
    • fracture the balance of power
  8. violate or abuse

    Type Of : misuse, abuse, pervert
    Examples :
    • This writer really fractures the language
  9. break (a bone)


  1. the fans of a sport or famous person

    Type Of : followers, following

fossil fuel

  1. fuel consisting of the remains of organisms preserved in rocks in the earth's crust with high carbon and hydrogen content

    Type Of : fuel


  1. a refrigerator in which the coolant is pumped around by an electric motor

    Synonyms : electric refrigerator
    Type Of : refrigerator, icebox


  1. a crystal of snow

    Synonyms : snowflake
    Type Of : crystal
  2. come off in flakes or thin small pieces

    Synonyms : flake off, peel, peel off
    Type Of : break away, break off, chip, chip off, come off
  3. a small fragment of something broken off from the whole

    Synonyms : bit, chip, fleck, scrap
    Type Of : fragment
  4. a person with an unusual or odd personality

    Synonyms : eccentric, eccentric person, geek, oddball
    Type Of : somebody, someone, soul, individual, mortal, person
  5. cover with flakes or as if with flakes

    Type Of : cover
  6. form into flakes

    Type Of : form
    Examples :
    • The substances started to flake

figure out

  1. find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of

    Synonyms : lick, puzzle out, solve, work, work out
    Type Of : understand


  1. emotional or moral sensitivity (especially in relation to personal principles or dignity)

    Type Of : sensitiveness, sensitivity
    Examples :
    • the remark hurt his feelings


  1. the time yet to come

    Synonyms : futurity, hereafter, time to come
    Antonyms : past
    Type Of : time
  2. (of elected officers) elected but not yet serving

    Synonyms : next, succeeding
  3. a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the future

    Synonyms : future tense
    Type Of : tense
  4. a verb tense or other formation referring to events or states that have not yet happened

    Examples :
    • future auxiliary
  5. bulk commodities bought or sold at an agreed price for delivery at a specified future date

    Type Of : good, trade good, commodity
  6. effective in or looking toward the future

    Examples :
    • he was preparing for future employment opportunities
  7. yet to be or coming

    Antonyms : past, present
    Examples :
    • some future historian will evaluate him


  1. capable of being anticipated

    Examples :
    • foreseeable costs were well within the budget


  1. (usually plural) an expression of pleasure at the success or good fortune of another

    Synonyms : congratulation
    Type Of : expression, verbal expression, verbalism
  2. the act of acknowledging that someone has an occasion for celebration

    Synonyms : congratulation
    Type Of : speech act