—n. 1. the act of breaking or bursting: The flood led to the rupture of the dam. 2. the state of being broken or burst: a rupture in the earth's surface. 3. a breach of harmonious, friendly, or peaceful relations.
4. Pathol.hernia, esp. abdominal hernia.
—v.t. 1. to break or burst: He ruptured a blood vessel. 2. to cause a breach of: to rupture friendly relations. 3. Pathol.to affect with hernia.