frag·​ment·​ed | \ ˈfrag-ˌmen-təd How to pronounce fragmented (audio) \

Definition of fragmented

1 : broken or separated into distinct parts Another fragmented language group is the Austroasiatic family, whose most widely spoken languages are Vietnamese and Cambodian.— Jared Diamond The reality seems to be that the global audience for movies has become increasingly diverse and fragmented, which runs against Hollywood's obsession with finding that magic common denominator.— Peter Bart
2 computing : having related or associated pieces of stored data disorganized in a way that makes them more difficult to access Fragmented files require much more work to read than contiguous files, because to do so DOS must chase down each sector, possibly moving the disk head back and forth many times. Each of these … slows the task at hand and results in additional wear and tear on your hard disk.— Brett Glass You probably won't notice a marked performance boost unless your hard drive is extremely fragmented.— Doug Stanley

Synonyms & Antonyms for fragmented



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

First Known Use of fragmented

circa 1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fragmented

Time Traveler for fragmented

Time Traveler

The first known use of fragmented was circa 1817

See more words from the same year

Statistics for fragmented

Cite this Entry

“Fragmented.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on fragmented

What made you want to look up fragmented? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!