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[dee-frag-muh nt, -ment]Computers.
verb (used with object)
  1. to reorganize files on (a disk) so that the parts of each file are stored in contiguous sectors on the disk, thereby improving computer performance and maximizing disk space.
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Also Informal, defrag.
Related formsde·frag·men·ta·tion, nounde·frag·ment·er, noun
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Word Origin and History for defragment


1992, in computer sense, from de- + fragment. Related: Defragmented; defragmenting.

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defragment in Science


  1. To reorganize the way information is stored on a computer disk so that all of the information belonging to a file is stored in a single, contiguous area the disk.
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