- 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 Also called hydraulic fracturing.More example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
1950s: representing an abbreviated form of fracturing.
adjective & adverbUS • informal
- Used for emphasis or to express annoyance, frustration, impatience, or surprise: are you out of your fracking mind?More example sentences
- Excuse the length of this (have just spent several hours debugging kid's fracking Windows computer which the little gaming monster just about choked).
- Surely that's about the same as reducing the speed limit to almost the same speed as if you were fracking walking!
- I don't know a lot of things about it, so I have absolute no fracking idea how I'm going to deal with it.
1970s: euphemism for fucking, from frack2.