fragment

noun
frag·​ment | \ ˈfrag-mənt How to pronounce fragment (audio) \

Definition of fragment

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a part broken off, detached, or incomplete The dish lay in fragments on the floor.

fragment

verb
frag·​ment | \ ˈfrag-ˌment How to pronounce fragment (audio) \
fragmented; fragmenting; fragments

Definition of fragment (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to fall to pieces

transitive verb

: to break up or apart into fragments

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Synonyms for fragment

Synonyms: Noun

bit, fraction, piece, scrap

Synonyms: Verb

break, break up, bust, disintegrate, dismember, disrupt, fracture, rive

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Noun

part, portion, piece, member, division, section, segment, fragment mean something less than the whole. part is a general term appropriate when indefiniteness is required. they ran only part of the way portion implies an assigned or allotted part. cut the pie into six portions piece applies to a separate or detached part of a whole. a puzzle with 500 pieces member suggests one of the functional units composing a body. a structural member division applies to a large or diversified part. the manufacturing division of the company section applies to a relatively small or uniform part. the entertainment section of the newspaper segment applies to a part separated or marked out by or as if by natural lines of cleavage. the retired segment of the population fragment applies to a part produced by or as if by breaking off. only a fragment of the play still exists

Examples of fragment in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

The party is fragmenting into warring factions. These issues are fragmenting our society. The property is being fragmented into subdivisions.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

An inspector also discovered cremated remains, including bone fragments, in a vacuum cleaner. oregonlive, "State inspections of funeral homes fall short in Oregon," 15 Sep. 2019 In essence, the unscripted show is like improv, except that the on-stage riffs that flow from audience suggestions are all performed as freestyle rap performances, maybe a fragment, maybe a full-blown number. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Broadway top-10 for this fall: ‘Jagged Little Pill,’ Tina Turner and the risky ‘Slave Play’," 13 Sep. 2019 The fragment, 100,000 years older than the newfound skull, has a forehead that is wider behind the eye sockets. Ben Guarino, Anchorage Daily News, "This newfound 3.8-million-year-old skull called ‘iconic’ in human evolution," 29 Aug. 2019 Previously, researchers believed that anamensis, which was only previously known from isolated bone fragments, died off and gave rise to afarensis. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Revealing the new face of a 3.8-million-year-old early human ancestor," 28 Aug. 2019 Here, then, are the best fragments of my journey across Baseball-Reference during the delays on Monday: 1. Emma Baccellieri, SI.com, "The Most Interesting Things I Found On Baseball-Reference Monday Night," 18 June 2019 As platforms proliferate and culture fragments, even creative weirdos like Paolo Sorrentino (The Young Pope) and Gregg Araki (Now, Apocalypse) can sell shows without selling out their oddness. Judy Berman, Time, "With Meryl Streep on Big Little Lies, It's Time to Admit That Film and TV Are Converging," 6 June 2019 The new fragment, Denisova 11, is a chip off of a larger bone. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "A New Fossil Holds an Ancient Secret About Humanity," 22 Aug. 2018 The bullet or bullet fragments struck the nail salon's owner in the toe. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Wauwatosa nail salon owner was shot in the toe during a fight among patrons, police say," 10 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This has happened during every dry season in recent years, fragmenting the tribe’s reserved land piece by piece, according to Survival International, an organization dedicated to protecting forest people. Daniel Wolfe, Quartz, "Loggers are lighting fires inside the territory of uncontacted Amazon tribes," 30 Aug. 2019 Piecing together her life’s memories with help from therapists, Patricia says her identity started fragmenting in childhood, not long after she was abused as an infant. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Artist with multiple personalities shows works in Pompano exhibit," 3 July 2019 The Chinese market is particularly fragmented: The top eight players have just 4% of the market between them, Martin Mok, head of EQT’s Asian midmarket arm, told Dow Jones. Ed Ballard, WSJ, "EQT Eyes 10-fold Increase in China Shine Revenue by 2025," 21 Aug. 2018 In fact, Indian farms became more fragmented between 2010-11 and 2015-16, as holdings continued to be inequitably distributed, the survey said. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "The world’s largest retailer is reaching out to India’s small farmers with new technology," 27 Aug. 2019 The proliferation of new equities-trading platforms could fuel longstanding complaints by brokers that the stock market is overly complex and fragmented between too many exchanges. ... Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "High-Speed Traders Agree to Back New Stock Exchange," 17 May 2019 These projects are destroying core critical tiger habitats, fragmenting the reserves. Mayank Aggarwal, Quartz India, "Tigers in a southern reserve are victims of India’s aggressive push towards nuclear energy," 15 July 2019 Exploits most commonly work by fragmenting a queue reserved for retransmitting TCP packets. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "New vulnerabilities may let hackers remotely SACK Linux and FreeBSD systems," 18 June 2019 The deaths of a pack’s more experienced alphas can fragment its social structure enough to disrupt hunting, breeding, rearing, and territory defense. Josh Adler, National Geographic, "Making peace in the Golan Heights—between humans and wolves," 11 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of fragment

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1818, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for fragment

Noun

Middle English, borrowed from Latin fragmentum, from frag-, variant stem of frangere "to break, shatter" + -mentum -ment — more at break entry 1

Verb

derivative of fragment entry 1

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fragment

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fragment

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a broken part or piece of something
: an incomplete part

fragment

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fragment (Entry 2 of 2)

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

fragment

noun
frag·​ment | \ ˈfrag-mənt How to pronounce fragment (audio) \

Kids Definition of fragment

: a broken or incomplete part a fragment of rock a fragment of music

fragment

noun
frag·​ment | \ ˈfrag-mənt How to pronounce fragment (audio) \

Medical Definition of fragment

: a part broken off or detached

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