frag·​men·​ta·​tion | \ ˌfrag-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce fragmentation (audio) , -ˌmen- \

Definition of fragmentation

1 : the act or process of fragmenting or making fragmentary
2 : the state of being fragmented or fragmentary

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Other Words from fragmentation

fragmentate \ ˈfrag-​mən-​ˌtāt How to pronounce fragmentation (audio) \ verb

Examples of fragmentation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In its 2020 Automation with Intelligence report, Deloitte found that automation initiatives fail most frequently due to the fragmentation of existing business processes and inadequate IT skills. Mark Settle, Forbes, "A Roadmap To Automation At Scale," 5 May 2021 An effusive eruption is dominated by the outpouring of lava onto the ground, while explosive eruptions are characterized by violent fragmentation, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Volcano eruption in Caribbean prompts mass evacuation during popular vacation week," 9 Apr. 2021 Finally, to address the fragmentation of signups, nonprofits and other groups have built a variety of tools and resources for collating and distributing appointment information from various sources. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "How to find COVID vaccine appointments in all 50 states," 7 Apr. 2021 The fragmentation has become more acute in recent decades. The Economist, "The Economist explains The evolution of Israeli politics," 27 Mar. 2021 Scientists and environmentalists say this fragmentation caused by the wall could devastate genetic diversity, with cascading effects on the ecosystem. azcentral, "Trump's border wall scarred sacred lands, displaced wildlife and drained water. Can it be taken down?," 15 Apr. 2021 Fourth is the extent to which buyers and sellers are fragmented, with greater fragmentation boosting prospects for a marketplace’s success. Dushyant Shahrawat, Forbes, "Nasdaq (& Others) Are Enabling Tomorrow’s Marketplaces," 10 Mar. 2021 But its deep fragmentation has proved to be a barrier for many businesses. Carlos Mureithi, Quartz, "Flutterwave has raised $170 million with a bid to connect Africa’s digital payment landscape," 9 Mar. 2021 The San Diego wireless technology giant is trying to remove some of the long-time roadblocks —namely tight budgets and supplier fragmentation — that have slowed smart cities and the Internet of Things market overall. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Qualcomm aims to jumpstart smart cities tech with new plug and play subscription suite," 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of fragmentation

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fragmentation

fragment entry 2 + -ation, probably after French fragmentation

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The first known use of fragmentation was in 1881

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13 May 2021

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“Fragmentation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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