Fragment



[noun frag-muh nt; verb frag-muh nt, -ment, frag-ment] /noun ˈfræg mənt; verb ˈfræg mənt, -mɛnt, frægˈmɛnt/

noun
1.
a part broken off or detached:
scattered fragments of the broken vase.
2.
an isolated, unfinished, or incomplete part:
She played a fragment of her latest composition.
3.
an odd piece, bit, or scrap.
verb (used without object)
4.
to collapse or break into fragments; disintegrate:
The chair fragmented under his weight.
verb (used with object)
5.
to break (something) into pieces or fragments; cause to disintegrate:
Outside influences soon fragmented the Mayan culture.
6.
to divide into fragments; disunify.
7.
Computers. to split a file into smaller parts and store in non-contiguous sectors on a disk, resulting in of both the file and available free space on the disk.
Compare (def 4).
noun (ˈfræɡmənt)
1.
a piece broken off or detached: fragments of rock
2.
an incomplete piece; portion: fragments of a novel
3.
a scrap; morsel; bit
verb (fræɡˈmɛnt)
4.
to break or cause to break into fragments
n.

early 15c., from Latin fragmentum “a fragment, remnant,” literally “a piece broken off,” from root of frangere “to break” (see fraction).
v.

by 1788 (implied in fragmented), from fragment (n.). Related: Fragmenting.

fragment frag·ment (frāg’mənt)
n.

v. frag·ment·ed, frag·ment·ing, frag·ments (frāg’měnt’)
To break or separate into fragments.

fragmentation

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  • Fragmentally

    [frag-men-tl] /frægˈmɛn tl/ adjective 1. . 2. Geology. (def 3). /fræɡˈmɛntəl/ adjective 1. (of rocks or deposits) composed of fragments of pre-existing rocks and minerals 2. another word for fragmentary

  • Fragmentarily

    [frag-muh n-ter-ee] /ˈfræg mənˌtɛr i/ adjective 1. consisting of or reduced to ; broken; disconnected; incomplete: fragmentary evidence; fragmentary remains. /ˈfræɡməntərɪ; -trɪ/ adjective 1. made up of fragments; disconnected; incomplete Also fragmental adj. 1835 (with an isolated use in Donne from 1611), from fragment + -ary.



  • Fragmentate

    [frag-muh n-teyt] /ˈfræg mənˌteɪt/ verb (used with or without object), fragmentated, fragmentating. 1. .

  • Fragmentary

    [frag-muh n-ter-ee] /ˈfræg mənˌtɛr i/ adjective 1. consisting of or reduced to ; broken; disconnected; incomplete: fragmentary evidence; fragmentary remains. /ˈfræɡməntərɪ; -trɪ/ adjective 1. made up of fragments; disconnected; incomplete Also fragmental adj. 1835 (with an isolated use in Donne from 1611), from fragment + -ary.



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