fragment

noun
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.

fragment

verb
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

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Synonyms for fragment

Synonyms: Noun

bit, fraction, piece, scrap

Synonyms: Verb

break, break up, bust, disintegrate, dismember, disrupt, fracture, rive

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Noun

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Anne Carson has become a literary star with her quirky approach to retooling stories and text fragments — starting with the bits of Sappho’s poetry that still exist — into distinctive new works. Washington Post, "Women give voice to a male canon. It happens to be ancient Greek.," 12 July 2019 Those fragments were sent in for forensic testing and identified as Mack's remains. Fox News, "Missing Texas man was eaten by his own 'aggressive' dogs, police say," 11 July 2019 Husky fragments offered a bit of texture in the mash. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "The Spanish still flies at Bulla Gastrobar | Review," 11 July 2019 Crab Cakes with Fresh Corn Ingredients 1 lb. fresh Maine Jonah crabmeat (or other crabmeat, if Jonah is unavailable), picked over for shell fragments1 cup fresh raw corn kernels ½ cup finely chopped yellow onion ½ cup mayonnaise ½ tsp. CBS News, "The Dish: Luke Holden of Luke's Lobster shares his signature recipes," 6 July 2019 These two big cats, immortalized in a famous book and the more recent film, The Ghost and the Darkness, also had porcupine quill fragments stuck in fractures within their teeth, Kerbis Peterhans says. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "When lions attack porcupines, humans suffer unexpected consequences," 5 July 2019 Then, by manipulating a maximum fragment size setting, the attacker can receive a second identical response. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Cloudflare aims to make HTTPS certificates safe from BGP hijacking attacks," 18 June 2019 The museum owns fragments of ancient dance rattles, but no complete versions. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "After the Russians came to the Alutiiq region, the dance rattles went silent. A Kodiak artist has changed that.," 30 June 2019 The scientists found fragments of the antenna scattered across the deck. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Scientists spotted a rare giant squid swimming off the coast of Louisiana," 24 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This idea, based on evidence collected during the Apollo program, is that some 4.5 billion years ago, a body about the size of Mars (referred to as Theia) hit Earth, fragmenting itself and ejecting part of Earth’s crust and mantle into space. Erica Jawin, Scientific American, "Apollo’s Bounty: The Science of the Moon Rocks," 2 July 2019 Over time, the DNA is fragmented into small pieces, and its sequence becomes riddled with nucleotide deletions and errors. Quanta Magazine, "Ancient DNA Yields Snapshots of Vanished Ecosystems," 29 May 2019 The strategy and challenges The Indian dairy market is fragmented, thanks to the difficulties of building an extensive pan-India procurement and distribution network. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Ramdev’s Patanjali must move past pricing to win India’s consumer goods war," 3 June 2019 An array of nonprofits are helping, but their efforts are fragmented. Gary Macdougal, WSJ, "Chicago’s Violence and Its Leadership Deficit," 8 Aug. 2018 When Shea Whigham’s Thomas Carrasco, a Defense Department auditor, comes calling with some questions about her former employer, her new life starts to fragment. Karen Han, Vox, "Homecoming, starring Julia Roberts, is simpler than it appears — and a pleasure to watch," 2 Nov. 2018 This power vacuum will also attract even more candidates, fragmenting Brazilian politics further and making October’s race one of the most unpredictable in the nation’s short democracy. Samantha Pearson And Luciana Magalhaes, WSJ, "Brazilian Judge Orders Ex-President to Start Jail term," 5 Apr. 2018 Civilian owners of military-style weapons can also buy soft-nosed or hollow-point ammunition, often used for hunting, that lacks a full metal jacket and can expand and fragment on impact. New York Times, "Wounds From Military-Style Rifles? ‘A Ghastly Thing to See’," 4 Mar. 2018 When asked by the Guardian about why people weren’t getting vaccinated, experts in England spoke mainly of an increasingly strapped and fragmented National Health Service, the country’s public health system. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Measles cases have hit a record high in Europe. Blame austerity.," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of fragment

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1818, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for fragment

Noun

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

Verb

derivative of fragment entry 1

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fragment

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fragment

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a broken part or piece of something
: an incomplete part

fragment

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fragment (Entry 2 of 2)

: to break or to cause (something) to break into parts or pieces

fragment

noun
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

fragment

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

Medical Definition of fragment

: a part broken off or detached

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