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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This means that Edge, already a relatively small target for Web developers to think about, suffers major version fragmentation. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Edge dies a death of a thousand cuts as Microsoft switches to Chromium," 6 Dec. 2018 Russia is seizing chances to encourage this fragmentation and regain influence. Marcus Walker, WSJ, "In Orban’s Hungary, a Glimpse of Europe’s Demise," 9 Aug. 2018 This economic fragmentation threatens long-term, sustainable economic prosperity and stunts social wellness. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 Despite this fragmentation, common ground was found in shared opposition to immigration. Pietro Castelli Gattinara And Francis O'connor, Washington Post, "An Italian neo-fascist shot 6 immigrants. So why won't Italy's political parties condemn xenophobia?," 9 Feb. 2018 That’s important because Google has been waging a never-ending battle against fragmentation on Android, and a new form factor is a potential inflection point. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Google says Android will natively support ‘foldables’ to limit fragmentation," 7 Nov. 2018 Red-legged partridge 100% Yellowhammer Habitat fragmentation and hunting have chipped away at the native bird’s numbers. Tim Graham, National Geographic, "Around the World, Farmland Birds Are in Steep Decline," 1 June 2018 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

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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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