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fragment

noun frag·ment \ ˈfrag-mənt \
Updated on: 18 Dec 2017

Definition of fragment

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

Examples of fragment in a Sentence

  1. The dish lay in fragments on the floor.

  2. I could only hear fragments of their conversation.

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Origin and Etymology of fragment

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

Synonym Discussion of fragment

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

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fragment

verb frag·ment \ ˈfrag-ˌment \

Definition of fragment

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

Examples of fragment in a Sentence

  1. The party is fragmenting into warring factions.

  2. These issues are fragmenting our society.

  3. The property is being fragmented into subdivisions.

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Origin and Etymology of fragment

derivative of 1fragment


FRAGMENT Defined for English Language Learners

fragment

noun

Definition of fragment for English Language Learners

  • : a broken part or piece of something

  • : an incomplete part


fragment

verb

Definition of fragment for English Language Learners

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


FRAGMENT Defined for Kids

fragment

noun frag·ment \ ˈfrag-mənt \

Definition of fragment for Students

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

Word Root of fragment

The Latin word frangere, meaning “to break,” and its form fractus give us the roots frag and fract. Words from the Latin frangere have something to do with breaking. Something fragile is easily broken. A fraction is a portion broken off from a whole. To fracture something, such as a bone, is to break it. A fragment is a part that has been broken off from something larger or that is incomplete.


Medical Dictionary

fragment

noun frag·ment \ ˈfrag-mənt \

medical Definition of fragment

: a part broken off or detached


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