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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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 For the study, scientists followed 119 healthy young men aged 18-35 for 14 weeks and assessed their diets and multiple fertility parameters, such as sperm count, sperm DNA fragmentation and blood samples. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Eating nuts boosts sperm count and improves male fertility, study suggests," 5 July 2018 This weakness resides in both the fragmentation of Iraqi society into isolated enclaves divided by sect, ethnicity and region, as well as the dependency of these enclaves on political elites who control access to services and jobs. Benedict Robin, Washington Post, "Why everyone failed to predict the leftist-Islamist alliance that won Iraq’s 2018 elections," 7 June 2018 Much of that fragmentation resulted from past SEC efforts to break the dominance of the NYSE and Nasdaq and bring more competition to the trading space. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "Upstart Exchange Blasts Nasdaq Plan to Boost Small-Stock Trading," 23 Apr. 2018 Each 500-pound bomb was set to detonate just above its target for maximum lethality, operating more through overpressure than fragmentation. William Langewiesche, The Atlantic, "An Extraordinarily Expensive Way to Fight ISIS," 21 June 2018 But there are forces that push toward fragmentation. The Economist, "Artificial intelligence is awakening the chip industry’s animal spirits," 7 June 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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