noun frag·ment \ˈfrag-mənt\

: a broken part or piece of something

: an incomplete part

Full Definition of FRAGMENT

:  a part broken off, detached, or incomplete

Examples of FRAGMENT

  1. The dish lay in fragments on the floor.
  2. I could only hear fragments of their conversation.

Origin of FRAGMENT

Middle English, from Latin fragmentum, from frangere to break — more at break
First Known Use: 15th century


verb frag·ment \-ˌment\

: to break or to cause (something) to break into parts or pieces

Full Definition of FRAGMENT

intransitive verb
:  to fall to pieces
transitive verb
:  to break up or apart into fragments

Examples of FRAGMENT

  1. The party is fragmenting into warring factions.
  2. These issues are fragmenting our society.
  3. The property is being fragmented into subdivisions.

First Known Use of FRAGMENT



noun frag·ment \ˈfrag-mənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of FRAGMENT

:  a part broken off or detached


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