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OTHER WORDS FROM fragmentaryfrag·men·tar·i·ly, adverbfrag·men·tar·i·ness, noun
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What does fragmentary mean?
The adjective fragmentary means consisting of or reduced to fragments—pieces that have been broken off of or detached from something else.
The fossilized remains of a dinosaur might be described as fragmentary if they exist in many different pieces, and perhaps some of the pieces are missing.
The word 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, fragmentary is used to describe things as disjointed, disconnected, or incomplete. This sense of the word is most commonly used to describe intangible or abstract things, as in fragmentary evidence or a fragmentary proposal.
The adjective fragmental can be used to mean the same thing as fragmentary.
The adjective fragmented describes things that have been broken into fragments or things that are or have been disorganized or disunified in some way, such as an empire that was once unified but is now fragmented.
Example: Scholars have been able to piece together the text from the fragmentary remains of the ancient parchment.
Where does fragmentary come from?
The first records of the word fragmentary come from the early 1600s. 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. The suffix -ary is used for form adjectives.
The more literal senses of fragmentary and fragmented are similar, but fragmented is perhaps more likely to be used to describe the things that have broken off of something else, as in a fragmented bit of a broken bone or the fragmented pieces of a broken vase. Fragmentary, on the other hand, is more likely to be applied to the thing that was once whole, as opposed to the parts of it, as in fragmentary remains. Still, the words are sometimes used in overlapping ways, with fragmental being used as a less common synonym of fragmentary and fragmentized being used as a less common synonym of fragmented.
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- fragment (noun, verb)
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How is fragmentary used in real life?
Fragmentary can be used to describe physical objects that have been reduced to fragments or intangible things that are disjointed in some way.
Terricota figures dated from 4th to 6th century found during excavation from Surya Pahar, Golapara, Assam.
Pic 1 & 2 – different type of Kirtimukha
— Save Temples (@SaveTemplesBH) October 27, 2020
Although this Gaelic contract of lease in @nlsarchives Adv. MS 72.1.31 is very fragmentary, Ronald Black has proposed that it was written for MacDougall of Dunollie, Oban, pictured below.
Photo credit: Fiona @ScotStoryCentre.#Gàidhlig #Gaelic #FaclairMSS pic.twitter.com/vBL4Y4X9BC
— Faclair na Gàidhlig (@faclairgaidhlig) October 28, 2020
“The oral histories, testimonies, and memoirs introduced here, while offering a subjective and fragmentary account, thereby acquire political importance, as they place youths’ experiences in the larger context of the history and memory of Nazi occupation.” https://t.co/pRym0fTNJe
— McKay Smith (@McKayMSmith) October 29, 2020
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Example sentences from the Web for fragmentary
The Lotus and the Storm turns out to be a grand, haunted melodrama with elements of camp, delivered in fragmentary reveries.
Literature has been in a plundered, fragmentary state for a long time.
Francis Watson argued that all of the fragmentary sentences preserved on the papyrus are also found in the Gospel of Thomas.The ‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ is Still as Big a Mystery as Ever|Candida Moss|April 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The author's statistical claims were based on wild extrapolations from a few fragmentary and unreliable sources.
I took phone calls from the field, with fragmentary updates.The First American: Excerpt from Henry Crumpton’s ‘The Art of Intelligence’|Henry A. Crumpton|May 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The abbey was founded by William the Lion in 1178, but war, fire and fanaticism have left it sadly fragmentary.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car|Thomas D. Murphy
Such advice will not serve as a screen if based on a fragmentary, incomplete statement of facts.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
Yes: she remembered now, though it still seemed like a dream—a fragmentary, misty dream.The Bag of Diamonds|George Manville Fenn
Such are the fragmentary references that have survived concerning the career of the first Cambridge printer.A History of the Cambridge University Press|S. C. Roberts
While Madame Bastien was speaking David was hastily glancing over the fragmentary writings his hostess had just handed to him.