- 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 fragmenting
The country is fragmenting along economic, ethnic, and cultural lines.It’s Time for Obama to Heed McChrystal’s Call for the ‘Service Year’
June 23, 2014
Such solidarity turns a fragmenting problem into a potentially common thing.Green Politics Has to Get More Radical, Because Anything Less Is Impractical
April 26, 2014
Europe is fragmenting into micro-nations while unifying its economies.After the Rain
- 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 fragmenting
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.
- The portion of an immunoglobulin molecule that binds the antigen.