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.
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How to use fragment in a sentence
He held up a fist-size chunk of sandy brown rock embedded with a dark, ridged oblong shape, unmistakably a plant or shell fragment.
We humans all have an inborn tendency to create a plausible story out of memory fragments.
I still get bloody noses at random times, and will for the rest of my life — a bone fragment that didn’t heal properly is just kind of floating in there.
Even the medium of streaming is being shattered into ever tinier fragments by the likes of Instagram, Quibi and TikTok.
Sometimes these rock fragments, floating in outer space, enter Earth’s atmosphere, where gravity pulls them in.Meteorites From Mars Contain Clues About the Red Planet’s Geology | Arya Udry | June 17, 2020 | Singularity Hub
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 | Candida Moss | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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? | Clive Irving | September 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If it falls apart, then the “Caliphate” will almost certainly fragment, too.
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 | Itay Hod | July 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Day 50 of the search for Flight MH370 has come and gone without one fragment of the Boeing 777 being found.
It is undoubtedly true if we look at any little portion of business activity taken as a fragment by itself.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
It is somewhat curious that, previous to the publication of Christabel, there appeared a conclusion to that splendid fragment.
fragment, apparently from a columnar mass, of a stone intermediate between clink-stone and compact felspar.
The author of this fragment writes in the style which seems to belong to the primitive ages.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
The independent Moquis are a fragment of the ancient ruling race of New Mexico.Overland | John William De Forest
British Dictionary definitions for fragment
a piece broken off or detached: fragments of rock
an incomplete piece; portion: fragments of a novel
a scrap; morsel; bit
to break or cause to break into fragments
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