frag·​men·​ta·​tion ˌfrag-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce fragmentation (audio)
: the act or process of fragmenting or making fragmentary
: the state of being fragmented or fragmentary
fragmentate verb

Examples of fragmentation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fragmentation of global order, skeptics warned, could lead to China’s emergence as a hegemon in its neighborhood and the most potent power in Eurasia—with Russia playing the role of a subservient vassal for many years to come. Alexander Gabuev, Foreign Affairs, 9 Apr. 2024 An online report from state broadcaster CCTV did not mention the chip machinery, but quoted Xi as saying that the creation of scientific and technological barriers and the fragmentation of the industrial and supply chains will lead to division and confrontation. Ken Moritsugu and Zen Soo, Quartz, 27 Mar. 2024 Habitat degradation, fragmentation and loss Giraffes need large areas of savanna with abundant native bushes and trees to feed on. Derek E. Lee, Discover Magazine, 6 Nov. 2023 The proliferation of retailers launching media networks has created fragmentation that hinders advertisers’ ability to holistically evaluate their media buys. Gary Drenik, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Part of the idea of having an underlying protocol is that, actually, social networks systems tend to go through periods of consolidation and then fragmentation, and a protocol that connects them all lets this happen naturally. Nilay Patel, The Verge, 25 Mar. 2024 Today’s infinite-channel universe has atomized the TV audience, as has the tribal nature of the internet, partisan podcasts and fragmentation of the media in general. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2023 Then again, in the current TV environment, just holding steady against the gravitational pull of audience fragmentation amounts to a victory. Brian Lowry, CNN, 11 Mar. 2024 Recent research from the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization highlights that such a split would entail serious financial fragmentation and major losses in GDP, as high as 12% in some regions. Ken Heydon, Fortune Asia, 24 Feb. 2024

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Word History


fragment entry 2 + -ation, probably after French fragmentation

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fragmentation was in 1881

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Cite this Entry

“Fragmentation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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