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 Inscribed on a tiny fragment of a clay pot, the writing consists of six letters on two lines. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Pottery Shard May Be ‘Missing Link’ in the Alphabet’s Development," 16 Apr. 2021 Novavax’s vaccine is based on subunits – essentially using a fragment of the virus – and the manufacturing process is apparently more complex compared to the method used in messenger RNA vaccines including Moderna’s. Trefis Team, Forbes, "Will Novavax Stock Benefit From Johnson & Johnson’s Covid Vaccine Woes?," 15 Apr. 2021 According to Carillon Historical Park, this isn't the first time a fragment of the Wright Flyer has made its way to outer space. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Part of The Wright Brothers’ First Airplane is Aboard NASA’s History-Making Mars Chopper," 25 Mar. 2021 When volunteers are injected with these particles, their cells use the mRNA to reconstruct a noninfectious fragment of the virus, allowing their immune system to prepare antibodies that neutralize it. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "How Science Beat the Virus," 17 Dec. 2020 Some of the vaccines contain the entire protein; others contain just a fragment of it. New York Times, "Getting One Vaccine Is Good. How About Mix-and-Match?," 30 Mar. 2021 This most recent hypothesis to explain how a comet fragment (or fragments) might have slammed into the Gulf of Mexico near Chicxulub has been challenged. Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, "Did A Comet Fragment Kill The Dinosaurs? Not Likely, Say Researchers," 28 Feb. 2021 The femur fragment, smaller than the size of a dime, was uncovered by surprise as scientists were studying how climate changes during the Ice Age impacted animals' survival and movements, according to a press release by the University of Buffalo. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, "Ancient dog bone reveals when man's best friend migrated to North America," 24 Feb. 2021 This spike fragment resembles the bacterial toxins known as super antigens—proteins that generate excessive reaction from T cells, a vital member of the immune system. Lois Parshley, National Geographic, "‘Super antigens’ tied to mysterious COVID-19 syndrome in children," 16 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The foreign agent law has proved to be a highly effective tool by authorities to harass and fragment Russia’s pro-democracy activists and others — just one part of a sweeping crackdown on Kremlin critics under Russian President Vladimir Putin. Washington Post, "Russia’s ‘foreign agent’ law now threatens rights group that survived even Soviet pressures," 3 Apr. 2021 But China’s censors, the FBI, or powerful corporations could fragment it into oblivion. Barath Raghavan, Wired, "Bitcoin’s Greatest Feature Is Also Its Existential Threat," 9 Mar. 2021 Having to take these actions fragment the public conversation. CBS News, "House impeaches Trump for Capitol riot in historic bipartisan rebuke," 14 Jan. 2021 The change will fragment liquidity and add cost and complexity for all manner of operations that in recent decades have settled in London. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, "Who Wins From Brexit? New York," 17 Dec. 2020 The implementation of the 1994 Northwest Forest Plan did improve habitat on federal lands in the Northwest, Lesmeister said, but forest conditions on private and state lands have continued to fragment. Zach Urness, USA TODAY, "Spotted owls pushed closer to 'extinction vortex' by Oregon wildfires," 2 Dec. 2020 Instead of mass rallies and totalitarian cults, society will fragment into mutually incomprehensible bubbles, and only celebrity will possess the transcendental power necessary to deliver electoral numbers. Rana Dasgupta, Harper's Magazine, "The Silenced Majority," 24 Nov. 2020 One way to meet the imminent end of Freedom-of-Choice here is the way Little Rock did—to fragment the city into zones that may breed hostility and instability. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | EDITORIAL: Schools’ path to integration," 18 Oct. 2020 Finally, the protest made its way over to a strip-mall parking lot near a Kwik Trip — Wisconsin’s gas station of choice — and, after a few more cheers and chants, began to fragment as people wandered home. Luther Ray Abel, National Review, "On the Ground at Trump’s Wisconsin Rally," 19 Aug. 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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“Fragment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fragment. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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