fragment

noun
frag·​ment | \ˈfrag-mənt \

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 \
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

The blazing fireball sent meteorite hunters scrambling to find fragments of the rare space rock. James Rogers, Fox News, "Asteroid discovery: Rare space rock fragment found," 9 July 2018 Trump has reveled in building up suspense in the days leading up to his speech, offering fragments of information here and there but strategically keeping the guessing game alive. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s reveal of his Supreme Court choice will be a show, and that’s how he likes it," 8 July 2018 Vallée uses fragments of memories, dreamlike sequences, and trigger points to hint at her history, flashing back and forth through time. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Twisted, Enthralling Rot of Sharp Objects," 7 July 2018 Fabric is the constant throughout — swaths of cloth and fragments of garments, cut, glued, tied and bundled. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "In Shinique Smith's 'Refuge,' bits of past make for a compelling present," 3 July 2018 The Eagle reports that fragments of the bullets also hit the dog. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Bodycam video shows Kansas officer firing on dog, injuring little girl," 22 June 2018 From the tumult, fragments of the two main themes emerge and are propelled out of the swells like ships tossed on waves. Jessica Rudman, courant.com, "HSO Wraps Up Masterworks Season With Impressive Collaboratin," 9 June 2018 All but one fragment of a bullet which struck Kennedy in the head was removed during a three-hour operation. sandiegouniontribune.com, "June 5, 1968: Robert Kennedy shot in Los Angeles," 5 June 2018 Such a person may bring along frightening specimens of these pests or fragments of wood riddled with termite channels and pretend to find them in your house. Leah Napoliello, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Homes: Move quickly against ‘silent destroyers’," 20 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Meanwhile, our existing space forces are fragmented across our military. Helene Cooper, New York Times, "A Space Force? The Idea May Have Merit, Some Say," 23 June 2018 Chris Toomey, McKinsey’s vice president for major projects and an expert on infrastructure and real estate, said the housing industry is fragmented among small companies and contractors, which slows the rate at which new techniques get adopted. Fortune, "Hurricane-Proof Homes Exist — Why Isn't Anyone Buying Them?," 20 June 2018 Swift’s first official release, The Richard Swift Collection Vol.1, is a carnival of sounds, warped pop filtered through a four-track before being fragmented by an endless hall of mirrors. Will Schube, Billboard, "Richard Swift, Prolific Songwriter and Producer, Spent Life Searching for Perfect Sounds," 4 July 2018 The sheer number of competing candidates could fragment the Democratic vote in such a way that no Democrat gets enough votes to proceed to the general election in November—imagine two Republican candidates appearing on the ballot. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "What Is California's ‘Jungle’ Primary—And Why It Has Democrats Freaking Out," 4 June 2018 Any line of storm that forms is likely to be fragmented, meaning that some areas may get hit hard, while others are passed over. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Washington’s first round of spring thunderstorms may erupt Thursday afternoon," 9 May 2018 There's no indication that 'Oumuamua is fragmented in any images, while the jolt of a collision doesn't fit the data as well as a consistent force. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Visitor from another solar system accelerated away from the Sun," 28 June 2018 Walk farther into the space, however, and the wall appears to fragment. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "What the dismantling of the Berlin Wall can teach us as Trump tries to build his wall," 21 June 2018 The sport has a lot on the line as the most dominant group of players in tennis history begins to fragment. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "A Last Stand for the Golden Age of Men’s Tennis," 24 May 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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More Definitions for fragment

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 \

Kids Definition of fragment

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

fragment

noun
frag·​ment | \ˈfrag-mənt \

Medical Definition of fragment 

: a part broken off or detached

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