frag·​men·​tary | \ ˈfrag-mən-ˌter-ē How to pronounce fragmentary (audio) \

Definition of fragmentary

: consisting of fragments : incomplete fragmentary evidence a fragmentary account

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Other Words from fragmentary

fragmentarily \ ˌfrag-​mən-​ˈter-​ə-​lē How to pronounce fragmentarily (audio) \ adverb
fragmentariness \ ˈfrag-​mən-​ˌter-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce fragmentariness (audio) \ noun

Examples of fragmentary in a Sentence

discovering fragmentary remains of primitive animals the historical record of this pharaoh's life and reign is fragmentary at best

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The findings shed light on the local folklore and fragmentary scholarship surrounding the Carricks shipwreck, Côté said. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A storm exposed children’s bones on a Canadian beach, reviving a 170-year-old mystery," 13 June 2019 The study documents some fragmentary marine fossils, including the teeth of ancient sharks, aquatic reptiles called mosasaurs, and an extinct type of mollusk called an ammonite. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "These fossils may capture the day the dinosaurs died. Here's what you should know.," 31 Mar. 2019 Hard to know; records are fragmentary and conflated with myth. William Meyers, WSJ, "‘Dawoud Bey: Night Coming Tenderly, Black’ Review: Out of Darkness," 14 Jan. 2019 That’s in part because there are two types of blackouts: fragmentary and en bloc. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Blackout drinking, explained for Brett Kavanaugh," 3 Oct. 2018 Because of the fragmentary nature of many of the bones, the team exploring the cave has been slowly going through them, determining which ones are human by looking at the collagen that comprises much of the bone. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "DNA shows girl had one Neanderthal, one Denisovan parent," 22 Aug. 2018 But reports from the field are often fragmentary, and there is much discretion in when to alert the trauma team. Jenny Gold, Vox, "A baby was treated with a nap and a bottle of formula. His parents received an $18,000 bill.," 20 July 2018 But reports from the field are often fragmentary and there is much discretion in when to alert the trauma team. Jenny Gold, Kaiser Health News And Sarah Kliff, Washington Post, "A Baby Was Treated With A Nap And A Bottle Of Formula. The Bill Was $18,000.," 2 July 2018 Rather, our conscious visual experience is stitched together out of these fragmentary static views. Daniel Glaser, A-LIST, "Out of Your Mind," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of fragmentary

1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fragmentary

fragment entry 1 + -ary entry 2

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The first known use of fragmentary was in 1611

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English Language Learners Definition of fragmentary

: made up of parts or pieces : made up of fragments

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