fragment

[noun frag-muh nt; verb frag-muh nt, -ment, frag-ment]
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noun
  1. a part broken off or detached: scattered fragments of the broken vase.
  2. an isolated, unfinished, or incomplete part: She played a fragment of her latest composition.
  3. an odd piece, bit, or scrap.
verb (used without object)
  1. to collapse or break into fragments; disintegrate: The chair fragmented under his weight.
verb (used with object)
  1. to break (something) into pieces or fragments; cause to disintegrate: Outside influences soon fragmented the Mayan culture.
  2. to divide into fragments; disunify.
  3. 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

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin fragmentum a broken piece, remnant, equivalent to frag- (stem of frangere to break) + -mentum -ment

Synonyms for fragment

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1–3. See part.
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Examples from the Web for fragment

Contemporary Examples of fragment

Historical Examples of fragment

  • Epos, p. 65, places the fragment in the Finn episode, between ll.

    Beowulf

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  • The stone-breaker, who had not broken a fragment since we began to converse, then did as follows.

  • It was as if men had been able to preserve a fragment of a sunset.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • I beg your pardon, my dear "Clarinda," for the fragment scrawl I sent you yesterday.

  • "I'm sorry you think——" he began, but did not complete the fragment.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington


British Dictionary definitions for fragment

fragment

noun (ˈfræɡmənt)
  1. a piece broken off or detachedfragments of rock
  2. an incomplete piece; portionfragments of a novel
  3. a scrap; morsel; bit
verb (fræɡˈmɛnt) Also US: fragmentize (ˈfræɡmənˌtaɪz)
  1. to break or cause to break into fragments

Word Origin for fragment

C15: from Latin fragmentum, from frangere to break
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Word Origin and History for fragment
n.

early 15c., from Latin fragmentum "a fragment, remnant," literally "a piece broken off," from root of frangere "to break" (see fraction).

v.

by 1788 (implied in fragmented), from fragment (n.). Related: Fragmenting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

fragment in Medicine

fragment

[frăgmənt]
n.
  1. A small part broken off or detached.
  2. An incomplete or isolated portion; a bit.
v.
  1. To break or separate into fragments.
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