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 2020, years of such splintering and audience fragmentation evolved further. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Streaming TV and movies became a flood in 2020. But that comes at a cost," 14 Dec. 2020 Devils also face threats from inbreeding due to their small population, as well as habitat fragmentation and deaths by vehicle collisions. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Study Offers Hope for Tasmanian Devils, Once Thought Doomed by Infectious Cancer," 14 Dec. 2020 The park is large enough to support three to four times the number of animals currently present, but poaching, habitat fragmentation, and the loss of connectivity to other nearby ecosystems have long acted to suppress wildlife populations. Rachel Nuwer, Quartz Africa, "Photos: Africa’s nature parks are in the midst of a pandemic-induced conservation crisis," 9 Jan. 2021 The trend has been toward self-sufficiency and fragmentation. Max Holleran, The New Republic, "The Future of Staying Home," 3 Dec. 2020 This contributes to more fragmentation, Bonar said, and when portions of a stream are no longer connected, the fish can be stuck, unable to escape areas with warmer water. Ian James, The Arizona Republic, "With world’s aquatic life at risk, scientists issue rare call to action on climate change," 31 Oct. 2020 This deforestation and fragmentation of forests allows other threats to increase, according to Davies. Max Kutner, Smithsonian Magazine, "Decades of Tree Data Reveal Forests Under Attack," 15 May 2020 The drops in Nielsen ratings go far beyond the typical erosion of the past decade that is a result of viewer fragmentation due to the dramatic increase in content options coming from streaming services. Joe Flint, WSJ, "It Was a Fall Season to Forget for Broadcast TV Networks," 31 Dec. 2020 Although most of the larger hydropower plants in Europe were constructed in the aftermath of World War II, much of Europe’s river fragmentation can be traced back centuries. Stefan Lovgren, Environment, "European rivers are littered with barricades, but a movement grows to remove them," 17 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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2 Mar 2021

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“Fragmentation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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