- a part broken off or detached: scattered fragments of the broken vase.
- an isolated, unfinished, or incomplete part: She played a fragment of her latest composition.
- an odd piece, bit, or scrap.
- to collapse or break into fragments; disintegrate: The chair fragmented under his weight.
- to break (something) into pieces or fragments; cause to disintegrate: Outside influences soon fragmented the Mayan culture.
- to divide into fragments; disunify.
- Computers. to split a file into smaller parts and store in non-contiguous sectors on a disk, resulting in fragmentation of both the file and available free space on the disk.Compare fragmentation(def 4).
Origin of fragment
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Examples from the Web for fragment
The fragment is written in Coptic, not Greek, and is not actually from the Bible, as the title would indicate.Dismembering History: The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts
November 23, 2014
It really is startling that not one fragment of an airplane that weighed 250 tons has yet turned up.MH370 Debris Is Lost Forever, Can the Plane Be Found Without It?
September 7, 2014
A fragment penetrated her shoulder, missing a major artery by an inch.The Israeli App Red Alert Saves Lives—but It Just Might Drive You Nuts
July 15, 2014
Day 50 of the search for Flight MH370 has come and gone without one fragment of the Boeing 777 being found.Why Is Malaysia Hiding Its Report on MH370?
April 28, 2014
In a subsequent line the fragment refers to a “Mary” and says that she “is worthy.”The ‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ is Still as Big a Mystery as Ever
April 13, 2014
Epos, p. 65, places the fragment in the Finn episode, between ll.Beowulf
The stone-breaker, who had not broken a fragment since we began to converse, then did as follows.The Uncommercial Traveller
It was as if men had been able to preserve a fragment of a sunset.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
I beg your pardon, my dear "Clarinda," for the fragment scrawl I sent you yesterday.The Letters of Robert Burns
"I'm sorry you think——" he began, but did not complete the fragment.Alice Adams
- a piece broken off or detachedfragments of rock
- an incomplete piece; portionfragments of a novel
- a scrap; morsel; bit
- to break or cause to break into fragments
Word Origin and History for fragment
early 15c., from Latin fragmentum "a fragment, remnant," literally "a piece broken off," from root of frangere "to break" (see fraction).
by 1788 (implied in fragmented), from fragment (n.). Related: Fragmenting.
- A small part broken off or detached.
- An incomplete or isolated portion; a bit.
- To break or separate into fragments.