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

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The toll on the rainforest this year The increase in fires this year adds to the thousands of square miles that have been lost in previous decades because of fire, industrial logging, fragmentation and farming. USA Today, "6 charts show why thousands of fires in the Amazon rainforest matter to the world," 23 Aug. 2019 Jha also points to the fragmentation among NGOs and climate change activists. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Global movement Extinction Rebellion is spawning India’s future climate change warriors," 24 July 2019 Malayan tigers are endangered with fewer than 500 left in the world due to habitat destruction, fragmentation and poaching. Anne Saker,, "Caturday news: Cincinnati Zoo tiger Chira has seizures, so she gets an MRI," 12 July 2019 Still, the biggest winners appear to be Hezbollah and its allies, who look set to scoop up at least some of the seats lost by Hariri’s coalition, largely because of the expected fragmentation of the Sunni vote. Washington Post, "Hezbollah set to tighten grip in Lebanon vote," 6 May 2018 In Poland, a narrative of history that embraces fragmentation, diversity, and intermingling is unavoidably political, disrupting a long-standing mythology of the country as a homogeneous Catholic nation. Ruth Franklin, The New Yorker, "Olga Tokarczuk’s Novels Against Nationalism," 29 July 2019 Yet talking to many firms in three industries reveals different patterns of fragmentation. The Economist, "Three industriesSupply chains for different industries are fragmenting in different ways," 11 July 2019 Researchers have accepted industry funding to study habitat fragmentation and advised oil palm companies on how to best manage the surviving wildlife in their concessions. Dyna Rochmyaningsih, Science | AAAS, "Courting controversy, scientists team with industry to tackle one of the world’s most destructive crops," 11 July 2019 Since 1990, Indonesia has lost 50% of its original forest, the Amazon 30% and Central Africa 14%. Fires, logging, hunting, road building and fragmentation have heavily damaged more than 30% of those that remain. Robin Chazdon, Quartz Africa, "Scientists are mapping out how to restore tropical rainforests around the world," 7 July 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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