frag·​ment | \ ˈfrag-mənt How to pronounce fragment (audio) \

Definition of fragment

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a part broken off, detached, or incomplete The dish lay in fragments on the floor.


frag·​ment | \ ˈfrag-ˌment How to pronounce fragment (audio) \
fragmented; fragmenting; fragments

Definition of fragment (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to fall to pieces

transitive verb

: to break up or apart into fragments

Synonyms for fragment

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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part, portion, piece, member, division, section, segment, fragment mean something less than the whole. part is a general term appropriate when indefiniteness is required. they ran only part of the way portion implies an assigned or allotted part. cut the pie into six portions piece applies to a separate or detached part of a whole. a puzzle with 500 pieces member suggests one of the functional units composing a body. a structural member division applies to a large or diversified part. the manufacturing division of the company section applies to a relatively small or uniform part. the entertainment section of the newspaper segment applies to a part separated or marked out by or as if by natural lines of cleavage. the retired segment of the population fragment applies to a part produced by or as if by breaking off. only a fragment of the play still exists

Examples of fragment in a Sentence

Noun The dish lay in fragments on the floor. I could only hear fragments of their conversation. Verb The party is fragmenting into warring factions. These issues are fragmenting our society. The property is being fragmented into subdivisions.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When Merrill disappeared after a 1929 flight, Cope identified the only fragment of his plane ever found. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 19 June 2022 The sheriff’s office posted the finding on social media, along with photos of the skull fragment. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 May 2022 The child also suffered a wound on her back from a bullet fragment, her mother said. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 3 June 2022 In 2013 Kramers and colleagues published the results of a chemical analysis that provided strong evidence in favor of the stone being a comet fragment. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 June 2022 The girl was later treated at the hospital and released for fragment wounds. Nora Neus And Melissa Alonso, CNN, 27 May 2022 In January, Sicily’s archaeological museum sent a fragment of the Parthenon to the Acropolis Museum on a long-term loan, reports Hyperallergic’s Valentina Di Liscia. Elizabeth Djinis, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 May 2022 Researchers in northeastern England unearthed an exoskeleton fragment from the largest arthropod ever discovered, in a genus called Arthropleura. Nikk Ogasa, Scientific American, 23 Feb. 2022 Smith suffered a skull fracture and internal bleeding from a bullet fragment, records show. oregonlive, 17 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb New dams could fragment habitats, lead to overfishing, and threaten the giant Mekong species, Hogan says. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 22 June 2022 First the peptides would have to endure the perils of their journey through the universe, from radiation to water exposure inside asteroids, both of which can fragment the molecules. Quanta Magazine, 8 Mar. 2022 Approximately one pound of the projectile is an explosive charge, the rest is a metal casing designed to fragment and send shrapnel flying. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 15 Mar. 2022 As the birth draws closer the grieving family continues to fragment. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 8 Feb. 2022 As media continues to fragment, developing a successful strategy is becoming a more challenging task with each passing year. Brad Adgate, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 After the scientific community finally convinces the US president (Streep) to launch a mission to fragment the comet in space, BASH Cellular CEO Peter Isherwell (played by Mark Rylance) swoops in and takes over. Adario Strange, Quartz, 4 Jan. 2022 Scientists say encroaching development threatens to fragment pasturelands and cut off wildlife corridors with roads and suburbs, diverted stream flows, and weekend crowds. Los Angeles Times, 24 Dec. 2021 This smaller increment of new hydropower would fragment 260,000 kilometers of currently free-flowing rivers. Jeff Opperman, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of fragment


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1818, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for fragment


Middle English, borrowed from Latin fragmentum, from frag-, variant stem of frangere "to break, shatter" + -mentum -ment — more at break entry 1


derivative of fragment entry 1

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More Definitions for fragment


frag·​ment | \ ˈfrag-mənt How to pronounce fragment (audio) \

Kids Definition of fragment

: a broken or incomplete part a fragment of rock a fragment of music


frag·​ment | \ ˈfrag-mənt How to pronounce fragment (audio) \

Medical Definition of fragment

: a part broken off or detached

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