[frag-muh n-tid, -men-, frag-men-]


reduced to fragments.
existing or functioning as though broken into separate parts; disorganized; disunified: a fragmented personality; a fragmented society.

Nearby words

  1. fragmentary,
  2. fragmentate,
  3. fragmentation,
  4. fragmentation bomb,
  5. fragmentation grenade,
  6. fragmentize,
  7. fragmentized,
  8. fragonard,
  9. fragrance,
  10. fragrance strip

Origin of fragmented

First recorded in 1810–20; fragment + -ed3

Related formsnon·frag·ment·ed, adjectiveo·ver·frag·ment·ed, adjectiveun·frag·ment·ed, adjective


[noun frag-muh nt; verb frag-muh nt, -ment, frag-ment]


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.

verb (used without object)

to collapse or break into fragments; disintegrate: The chair fragmented under his weight.

verb (used with object)

to break (something) into pieces or fragments; cause to disintegrate: Outside influences soon fragmented the Mayan culture.
to divide into fragments; disunify.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fragmented


noun (ˈfræɡmənt)

a piece broken off or detachedfragments of rock
an incomplete piece; portionfragments of a novel
a scrap; morsel; bit

verb (fræɡˈmɛnt) Also US: fragmentize (ˈfræɡmənˌtaɪz)

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 fragmented
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for fragmented




A small part broken off or detached.
An incomplete or isolated portion; a bit.


To break or separate into fragments.

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