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noun [uncountable] fracking pronunciation in British English /ˈfrækɪŋ/

or hydrofracking fracking pronunciation in British English /ˈhaɪdrəʊfrækɪŋ/

  1. a method of mining in which cracks are created in a type of rock called shale in order to obtain gas, oil, or other substances that are inside it
    Fracking was the likely cause of some small earth tremors that happened during shale gas drilling.

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 fracking pronunciation in British English verb [intransitive]
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present tense
present participlefracking
past tensefracked
past participlefracked


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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