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 fragmentate (audio) \ verb

Examples of fragmentation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Habitat fragmentation means those that remain standing can suffer from inbreeding, which can result in seeds that fail to germinate. Yao-hua Law, Science | AAAS, "Unusual mass flowering in Malaysian rainforests provides seeds for endangered tree 'arks'," 6 Nov. 2019 The missile is equipped with a blast fragmentation warhead to down enemy aircraft. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The F-35 Is About to Enter Beast Mode," 19 Sep. 2019 The streaming fragmentation war continues apace, and today's new contender comes from Comcast—specifically, its NBCUniversal subsidiary, which finally took the wraps off its NBC Peacock service on Tuesday after months of rumors. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "NBC Peacock is Comcast’s dive into the crazy streaming-video fray," 17 Sep. 2019 The counties with especially high suicide rates, the research showed, tended to share factors often associated with despair and a dearth of hope, such as poverty and underemployment, as well as social fragmentation and lack of support. Rita Giordano,, "Gun stores, isolation, and lack of hope fuel rise in U.S. suicides, study finds," 13 Sep. 2019 That fragmentation means risks for early adopters and highlights some of the problems involved in installing gadgets that rely on external services. The Economist, "Tech firms think the home is the next big computing platform," 12 Sep. 2019 Her best works are brilliantly poised between dynamism and chaos, buoyant vitality and catastrophic collapse, fusion and fragmentation. Los Angeles Times, "The 11 best art exhibitions to see in L.A. this fall," 12 Sep. 2019 Integration vs fragmentation There are many implications of an organisation where older employees and millennials work together. Richard Lobo, Quartz India, "Infosys HR chief on the three things Indian offices can do to prepare for millennial workers," 26 June 2019 Russia and Iran's plans to cordon themselves off from the rest of the internet continue apace, a dangerous fragmentation. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Security News This Week: Cryptocurrency Company Hacks Itself Before Hackers Can Hack It," 8 June 2019

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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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