Main definitions of fracking in English

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fracking1

noun

  • The process of injecting liquid at high pressure into subterranean rocks, boreholes, etc., so as to force open existing fissures and extract oil or gas.

    ‘the governor has halted gas fracking until July’
    • ‘This whole concept of fracking is all new for New York State.’
    • ‘Then comes a week or so of "fracking," the hydraulic fracturing process that breaks through the dense, black rock and unlocks the natural gas within.’
    • ‘At issue is a drilling practice called 'fracking', in which water is injected into the ground at high pressure to fracture the layers of shale and release natural gas trapped in the rock.’
    • ‘But when the infrastructure for pumping natural gas out of the Catskills has finally been put in place, there will be no mistaking its impact, no missing the gaping holes in the forest canopy, the artificial ponds full of "fracking" fluid, the industrial damage done.’
    • ‘Even then the water only trickled until they used a technique called "fracking," short for hydro-fracturing.’
    • ‘Companies that practice fracking have not disclosed the names of chemicals they use in the past because they say they are "trade secrets."’
    • ‘Residents in states where fracking has been practised for years have charged that gas production has contaminated air and drinking water.’

Origin

1950s: representing an abbreviated form of fracturing.

Pronunciation:

fracking

/ˈfrakiNG/

Main definitions of fracking in English

: fracking1fracking2

fracking2

(also frakking)

adjective & adverb

US
informal
  • Used for emphasis or to express annoyance, frustration, impatience, or surprise.

    ‘are you out of your fracking mind?’

Origin

1970s: euphemism for fucking, from frack.

Pronunciation:

fracking

/ˈfrakiNG/