fragmentation

noun
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

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 His announcement culminated months of political paralysis that underscored the dysfunction of Iraq’s political system and the fragmentation of the multiple Shi’ite Muslim political blocs. Jane Arraf, BostonGlobe.com, 13 June 2022 The fragmentation hasn’t corresponded with any decrease in ransomware attacks, Mr. Liska said, adding that hackers increasingly have trained their sights on midsize companies such as auto dealerships. David Uberti, WSJ, 2 June 2022 The fragmentation of the fireball generated enough energy to create shockwaves that spread to the ground, producing the booms and vibrations felt by people in the area, NASA said. CBS News, 29 Apr. 2022 What is the cost of this fragmentation for businesses? Carlos Mureithi, Quartz, 4 Apr. 2022 In this way, the current disillusionment and practice fragmentation serve their purpose of highlighting the need for the science and discipline of continuous integration and continuous delivery. Danny Allan, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 All are essentially light anti-armor weapons with shaped charges, rather than the fragmentation weapons dropped from smaller drones. David Hambling, Forbes, 1 June 2022 If unsuccessful, migration could lead to further genetic fragmentation and ultimately stunt conservation efforts. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 18 May 2022 The main reason for the disgraceful working conditions in the fast-food industry is its fragmentation into franchisers and franchisees. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

30 Jun 2022

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“Fragmentation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fragmentation. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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