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, 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

New York medical examiners have worked to match nearly 22,000 fragments of human remains to the 2,753 people killed at the World Trade Center. Jennifer Peltz, The Seattle Times, "Identifying wildfire dead: DNA, and likely older methods too," 14 Nov. 2018 Golden fragments of seaweed float by, escapees, perhaps, from the Sargasso Sea’s swirling gyre in the Atlantic Ocean. Helen Scales, Discover Magazine, "Hearing Nemo," 17 Aug. 2018 Reyna says officers sweeping the buildings found a bullet fragment in one building, though officers haven't encountered an active shooter. Fox News, "Army Reserve base evacuated after possible gunfire reported," 10 July 2018 Bullet fragments injured two women who were bystanders to juveniles fighting near Sunnyside on Thursday, Houston police said. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Police searching for man accused of shooting rifle during fight near Sunnyside, injuring two women," 22 June 2018 Betts missed the dog, but a bullet fragment ricocheted and struck a girl sitting right behind the animal in the forehead, just above her right eye. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Bodycam video shows Kansas officer firing on dog, injuring little girl," 22 June 2018 An officer also sustained an injury from a bullet fragment and was treated at the scene, the release said. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "GBI identifies 20-year-old man who died in shootout with DeKalb police," 20 June 2018 No one was hit, but there was a bullet hole in the door of the station and a bullet fragment recovered from the scene, police said. Paige Fry, chicagotribune.com, "Woman in her 60s punched in the face on Red Line train near Jarvis station," 15 June 2018 The shot hit the man in the back of the head and left bullet fragments lodged in his brain stem, according to the documents. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "Son of Johnson County judge told police shooting was an accident, court records say," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Historically, the home-building industry was fragmented, made up of small building companies producing homes in volumes that matched local demand. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "10 years after the financial crisis, is the housing market still at risk?," 29 Aug. 2018 PEPTIDES Tiny protein fragments that promote collagen growth and help repair skin. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 Most bombs use a steel casing that fragments into deadly shrapnel, but this would be unnecessary (and dangerous) when fighting fires. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Should the U.S. Air Force Bomb Forest Fires?," 8 Aug. 2018 Meanwhile, our existing space forces are fragmented across our military. Helene Cooper, New York Times, "A Space Force? The Idea May Have Merit, Some Say," 23 June 2018 Chris Toomey, McKinsey’s vice president for major projects and an expert on infrastructure and real estate, said the housing industry is fragmented among small companies and contractors, which slows the rate at which new techniques get adopted. Fortune, "Hurricane-Proof Homes Exist — Why Isn't Anyone Buying Them?," 20 June 2018 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

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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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More Definitions for fragment

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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