1. The act of breaking apart, or separating; the state of being broken asunder; as, the rupture of the skin; the rupture of a vessel or fiber; the rupture of a lutestring.
  2. Breach of peace or concord between individuals; open hostility or war between nations; interruption of friendly relations; as, the parties came to a rupture.
  3. Hernia. See Hernia.
  4. A bursting open, as of a steam boiler, in a less sudden manner than by explosion. See Explosion.

v. t.

  1. To part by violence; to break; to burst; as, to rupture a blood vessel.
  2. To produce a hernia in.

v. i.

  1. To suffer a breach or disruption.