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What does fragment mean?
A fragment is a piece that has been broken off of or detached from something else.
Fragment most commonly refers to a part that has broken off rather than one that has been separated gently or intentionally, as in The vase smashed into a million fragments. A bone fragment is a (usually small) piece that has been chipped off from a bone.
Fragment is also used to refer to a part or portion of something that is incomplete or isolated from the whole, such as a fragment of a movie or piece of music.
Sometimes, fragment just means a piece, bit, or scrap (regardless of whether it has been removed from a larger part).
As a verb, fragment can mean to break into pieces or disintegrate, as in The empire fragmented into multiple states after the emperor’s death. It can also mean to cause to break into pieces or disintegrate. Less commonly, it can mean to divide into fragments.
Fragment is also used as a verb in a much more specific way in the context of computers, in which it means to store data files in a way that breaks them up. The opposite of this sense of fragment is defragment—to bringing the parts of the files back together.
The word fragment is used in the formation of many related words, including adjectives, nouns, and verbs.
The adjective fragmented describes things that have been broken into fragments or things that are or have been disorganized or disunified in some way. The adjective fragmentary means consisting of or reduced to fragments—disconnected or incomplete, as in fragmentary evidence.
Fragmentation is the process of breaking into fragments. The verb fragmentize can mean to break something into fragments or separate it into parts, as in They’re going to fragmentize the corporation into several companies. It can also mean for something to break into fragments (without someone doing the fragmentizing).
Example: The pirate captain tore the map into fragments, placing the pieces into separate bottles and scattering them across the seven seas.
Where does fragment come from?
The first records of the word fragment come from around 1400. It ultimately comes from the Latin fragmentum, meaning “a broken piece,” from the verb frangere, meaning “to break.” The word fragile also comes from frangere.
Fragment is similar to other words that mean pieces of a whole, such as part, piece, section, slice, or portion. When it’s used in the context of physical things, fragment usually refers to a piece that has been roughly broken off, often resulting in rough edges or an irregular shape. Such a fragment is usually a small piece and is often useless by itself.
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How is fragment used in real life?
Fragment is a common word that’s used in all kinds of context involving parts or portions of things. It’s perhaps most commonly used to refer to small, broken pieces of physical objects.
So apparently I broke my leg in August and have been walking around with bone fragments in my ankle ever since.
— Simon Gilbert (@TheSimonGilbert) February 3, 2020
Line of thunderstorms is starting to fragment and weaken but still moving eastwards pic.twitter.com/KhxJ6BEeQV
— Cecilia Daly (@WeatherCee) August 25, 2016
Humans are fascinating. Each, individual human creature is a galaxy of thought, experience, and emotion. You could dedicate your entire time here on earth to exploring just a fragment of one of these “galaxies” and your life would not be wasted.
— john mark (already voted so don't talk to me) (@johnmarkmc) May 4, 2020
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Example sentences from the Web for fragment
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|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|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|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