frag·​men·​ta·​tion | \ˌfrag-mən-ˈtā-shən, -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 \ verb

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But the fragmentation of media, society and politics, and the willingness of partisans to exploit that to contentious ends, have made many wonder whether the relationship between polarization and unfettered, unverified expression is too corrosive. Ted Anthony, The Seattle Times, "In chaotic era, conference aims to amplify 1st Amendment," 23 Oct. 2018 At the same time, an anti-immigration backlash has fueled social polarization and fragmentation of the political landscape. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "German Police Arrest Six Suspected Neo-Nazis Ahead of Alleged Planned Attack," 1 Oct. 2018 In her small Sumner theater, El Teatro Osminog Blanco, 16 garments in various states of decay or fragmentation are suspended from the ceiling by string and clothespins. Alan Berner, The Seattle Times, "This isn’t for everyone: Sumner dancer tries to ‘wake up senses’ with strange art of butoh," 17 July 2018 The genetic information could prove crucial in conserving koalas, which are a threatened species because of disease and habitat fragmentation. Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, "Koala genome shows how the adorable marsupial lives on eucalyptus leaves," 2 July 2018 The need to minimise legal fragmentation only adds to the case for America to adopt bits of the GDPR. The Economist, "America should borrow from Europe’s data-privacy law," 5 Apr. 2018 Large groups of foreign students may also lead to social fragmentation. The Economist, "London has excellent universities—but unhappy students," 5 July 2018 The trilogy's unity, achieved despite its fragmentation, is reinforced by its dominant metaphor: the body of water that was once still and reflective and is now fractured, formless and turbulent. Sebastian Smee,, "With 'Kudos,' Rachel Cusk completes a literary masterpiece," 30 May 2018 By the 1990s, human interference, mainly habitat fragmentation from energy development and cattle grazing, caused populations to drop, with some estimates as low as 250,000 individuals. Story Hinckley, The Christian Science Monitor, "Group effort rules the roost in Wyoming, then Washington intervenes," 10 July 2018

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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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