fragment

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

noun

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.

verb (used without object)

to collapse or break into fragments; disintegrate: The chair fragmented under his weight.

verb (used with object)

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Origin of fragment

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Latin fragmentum “a broken piece, remnant,” equivalent to frag- (stem of frangere “to break, shatter” ) + -mentum noun suffix; see origin at break,-ment

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British Dictionary definitions for fragment

fragment

noun (ˈfræɡmənt)

a piece broken off or detachedfragments of rock
an incomplete piece; portionfragments of a novel
a scrap; morsel; bit

verb (fræɡˈmɛnt) Also US: fragmentize (ˈfræɡmənˌtaɪz)

to break or cause to break into fragments

Word Origin for fragment

C15: from Latin fragmentum, from frangere to break
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Medical definitions for fragment

fragment
[ frăgmənt ]

n.

A small part broken off or detached.
An incomplete or isolated portion; a bit.

v.

To break or separate into fragments.
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