the disintegration, collapse, or breakdown of norms of thought, behavior, or social relationship.
the pieces of an exploded fragmentation bomb or grenade.
Computers. the process or result of storing data from a file in noncontiguous sectors on a disk drive. As files are created, modified, deleted, etc., the files are split into smaller pieces and the remaining free space on the disk is broken up, slowing down data access speed on the disk.
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How to use fragmentation in a sentence
Working with János Török, a specialist in computer simulations, and Ferenc Kun, an expert on fragmentation physics, Domokos found that cuboid averages showed up in rock types like gypsum and limestone as well.Scientists Uncover the Universal Geometry of Geology | Joshua Sokol | November 19, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
The world is entering a new, more intense era of fragmentation that is going to change the way the internet works.The global tug-of-war over the future of the internet | Quartz Staff | October 28, 2020 | Quartz
Ryan Davis, a Trinity University aerosol expert, looked at this specific scenario and estimated that fragmentation was unlikely at the air velocities the researchers tested.What You Need to Know About Wearing a Face Mask Outside | Joe Lindsey | September 30, 2020 | Outside Online
Social media’s role has not been to dramatically change the direction of this system, but to intensify the polarization and fragmentation it causes.Why Facebook’s political-ad ban is taking on the wrong problem | Tate Ryan-Mosley | September 6, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
The pandemic highlighted many longstanding systemic flaws in the health care system, including fragmentation, inaccessibility, high costs, and health outcome disparities.COVID-19 has spurred rapid transformation in health care. Let’s make sure it stays that way | jakemeth | August 20, 2020 | Fortune
Other species losses take more time and occur due to landscape fragmentation.Our Taste for Cheap Palm Oil Is Killing Chimpanzees | Carrie Arnold | July 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
First, it means the probably irreversible fragmentation of the modern Syrian state.
Instead, we have irony, allusion, meta commentary, fragmentation, parody, and pastiche.Not Much New in Douglas Rushkoff’s Reading of the Future | Jacob Silverman | March 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
(LOC 432) The army's standard fragmentation grenade has a blast radius of 15 meters.
In this sense the fragmentation of the opposition could also work against Netanyahu.
The fragmentation bombs were a late development in this class of work.America's Munitions 1917-1918 | Benedict Crowell
The multiple fragmentation of the SA stock presumably terminated by the end of the Pliocene.North American Recent Soft-shelled Turtles (Family Trionychidae) | Robert G. Webb
We are very good at fragmentation-it defines our narrow specialties.The Civilization of Illiteracy | Mihai Nadin
The earliest American requirement in this production was for defensive grenades, of the fragmentation type.America's Munitions 1917-1918 | Benedict Crowell
Nursing as caring resists fragmentation of the unitary phenomenon of our discipline.Nursing as Caring | Anne Boykin
British Dictionary definitions for fragmentation
the act of fragmenting or the state of being fragmented
the disintegration of norms regulating behaviour, thought, and social relationships
the steel particles of an exploded projectile
(modifier) of or relating to a weapon designed to explode into many small pieces, esp as an antipersonnel weapon: a fragmentation bomb
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Scientific definitions for fragmentation
The scattering of parts of a computer file across different regions of a disk. Fragmentation occurs when the operating system breaks up the file and stores it in locations left vacant by previously deleted files. The more fragmented the file, the slower it is to retrieve, since each piece of the file must be identified and located on the disk.
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