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

Synonyms: Verb

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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 This sounds like the fragments of something published in a white paper or scientific journal. Danny Umali, ajc, "Use social media as college admissions tool," 16 May 2020 The test can rapidly detect fragments of virus proteins in samples collected from swabs swiped inside the nasal cavity, the FDA said in a statement. NBC News, "CDC director to self-quarantine after exposure to White House aide with COVID-19," 10 May 2020 This test can quickly detect fragments of the virus proteins by testing samples collected from a nasal swab. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, "It can still be hard to get a coronavirus test -- and that's not the only problem," 10 May 2020 The molecular test looks for fragments of the coronavirus genome, which can quickly be detected when present at high levels. Michelle Fay Cortez, Bloomberg.com, "Abbott Surges After Unveiling Five-Minute Coronavirus Test," 10 May 2020 The test looks for fragments of the coronavirus genome, which can be detected quickly when the virus levels are high. Tanya Edwards, refinery29.com, "A 5-Minute Coronavirus Test Is Coming. Here’s What You Need To Know," 28 Mar. 2020 Images Wednesday appeared to show fragments of a Tor M-1 missile, also known as Gauntlet, in a suburb in south Tehran. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Ukrainian airliner shot down by Iranian missile system," 9 Jan. 2020 Digging in peat bogs, coastal bluffs, permafrost and riverbanks, Elias unearthed skeletal fragments of upwards of 100 different types of tiny beetles from that period. Rafal Gerszak, Smithsonian, "It’s one of the greatest mysteries of our time. But archaeologists and even geneticists are closer than ever to understanding when humans made the first bold journey to the Americas," 19 Dec. 2019 Solanezumab works by inhibiting small fragments of an abnormal protein called amyloid. San Diego Union-Tribune, "USC and UC San Diego try to move on after painful fight over Alzheimer’s institute," 18 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For a time, Hangouts actually achieved this Google messaging utopia, but Google eventually lost interest in maintaining the app and kept fragmenting the user base by launching new messaging apps. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google unifies messenger teams, plans “more coherent vision”," 8 May 2020 There was no mentorship or funding to encourage licensing or start-ups, and technology transfer efforts were fragmented. Washington Post, "Think universities are making lots of money from inventions? Think again.," 17 Jan. 2020 Any error along the way could mean the pasta would fragment in cooking or even become rancid. Maureen B. Fant, Saveur, "Real Talk: Dried Pasta is Just as Good as Fresh," 28 Sep. 2017 There’s no single definitive reason the horned lizard population has dropped, but new roads and developments have fragmented their habitats, Killian said. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "UT San Antonio grad student joins fight to save a Texas icon — the ‘horny toad’," 27 Apr. 2020 But presence of a highway could fragment habitat, impede migration or increase the likelihood an animal could be struck by a car. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Businesses, groups call on INDOT to stop planning highway project during coronavirus pandemic," 14 Apr. 2020 Fences fragment a grassland or logging cuts through a forest, breaking up migration corridors; pollution renders a river toxic; pesticides kill widely and indiscriminately. Elizabeth Kolbert, National Geographic, "What we lose when animals go extinct," 25 Sep. 2019 Forensic psychologists have documented how memories of trauma can be fragmented and partial, at once hyperrealistic in some details and blank in others. Patrick Blanchfield, The New Republic, "The poisonous contradictions of coptalk," 31 Mar. 2020 In a sense, the arc of Scar of the Sea illuminates some of the ways in which California wine has changed over the last decade, as its higher-end producers have fragmented into different stylistic camps. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Founders of Scar of the Sea, a leading Santa Barbara County winery, end partnership," 13 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of fragment was in the 15th century

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22 May 2020

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“Fragment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fragment. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for fragment

fragment

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of fragment

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

fragment

verb
How to pronounce fragment (audio)

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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