fragment

noun
frag·ment | \ˈfrag-mənt \

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 \
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, 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

Coins, ceramic fragments, ossuaries and stone slabs bear inscriptions in Hebrew, Greek, Latin and Samaritan, illustrating the kaleidoscopic variety of cultures present in the Holy Land during the first centuries. Fox News, "Franciscan museum in Jerusalem shows life in Jesus' time," 7 July 2018 But with the Aryan Nations in fragments, Idahoans are more likely to have to confront hate speech rather than violence these days - and there's no outside consensus on a better way to track it. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "These churches are "hate groups," a watchdog says. But what's really behind that label?," 24 Apr. 2018 After piecing together 11,000 fragments, the Egyptian-German mission in charge of the excavations has been able to calculate the original size of the colossus and produce a 3D reconstruction. Nell Lewis, CNN, "Colossal statue of 'forgotten' pharaoh brought to life in 3D images," 20 Apr. 2018 Initially, tiny bone fragments from the utility digging were taken to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, where they were found to be human. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Bones of Civil War dead found on a battlefield tell their horror stories," 20 June 2018 Initially, tiny bone fragments from the utility digging were taken to the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, where they were found to be human. Michael E. Ruane, ajc, "‘Limb pit’ found on Civil War battlefield in Virginia tells of horror stories," 19 June 2018 The human bone fragments from 82 mostly adult males show signs of trauma before and around the time of death as well as tooth marks from animals such as dogs, pigs, and cattle. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Ancient human bones are proof of 'barbarian' war rituals 2,000 years ago in Europe," 21 May 2018 Northern Cape, South Africa: Ochre fragments from a cluster of sites suggest the material was being collected as early as 500,000 years ago, though some researchers dispute the dates. 4. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Pigment of Our Imagination," 23 Mar. 2018 Thomas underwent surgery March 15, and veterinary staff members were able to remove all soft tissue and all but one of the bone fragments from his head. Kalin Kipling, sacbee, "Puppy Thomas heals enough to earn his ‘freedom ride.’ Fans are thrilled | The Sacramento Bee," 22 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Swift’s first official release, The Richard Swift Collection Vol.1, is a carnival of sounds, warped pop filtered through a four-track before being fragmented by an endless hall of mirrors. Will Schube, Billboard, "Richard Swift, Prolific Songwriter and Producer, Spent Life Searching for Perfect Sounds," 4 July 2018 The sheer number of competing candidates could fragment the Democratic vote in such a way that no Democrat gets enough votes to proceed to the general election in November—imagine two Republican candidates appearing on the ballot. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "What Is California's ‘Jungle’ Primary—And Why It Has Democrats Freaking Out," 4 June 2018 Any line of storm that forms is likely to be fragmented, meaning that some areas may get hit hard, while others are passed over. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Washington’s first round of spring thunderstorms may erupt Thursday afternoon," 9 May 2018 There's no indication that 'Oumuamua is fragmented in any images, while the jolt of a collision doesn't fit the data as well as a consistent force. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Visitor from another solar system accelerated away from the Sun," 28 June 2018 Walk farther into the space, however, and the wall appears to fragment. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "What the dismantling of the Berlin Wall can teach us as Trump tries to build his wall," 21 June 2018 The sport has a lot on the line as the most dominant group of players in tennis history begins to fragment. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "A Last Stand for the Golden Age of Men’s Tennis," 24 May 2018 But the tactic has, instead, served to fragment large, criminal enterprises into smaller groups that are more violent and more local. New York Times, "Criminal Groups Seek to Decide Outcome in Many Mexican Races," 1 July 2018 British advocates of Brexit have long harbored ambitions not just to fragment the European Union but to wreck it. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, "In Brexit, Trump Finds a British Reflection of His Own Political Rise," 13 July 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of fragment

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

fragment

noun
frag·ment | \ˈfrag-mənt \

Medical Definition of fragment 

: a part broken off or detached

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