[ noun frag-muh nt; verb frag-muh nt, -ment, frag-ment ]
/ noun ˈfræg mənt; verb ˈfræg mənt, -mɛnt, frægˈmɛnt /
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.
Origin of fragment
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Examples from the Web for fragmenting
The country is fragmenting along economic, ethnic, and cultural lines.It’s Time for Obama to Heed McChrystal’s Call for the ‘Service Year’|Jonathan Alter|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Such solidarity turns a fragmenting problem into a potentially common thing.Green Politics Has to Get More Radical, Because Anything Less Is Impractical|Jedediah Purdy|April 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Europe is fragmenting into micro-nations while unifying its economies.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
British Dictionary definitions for fragmenting
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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Medicine definitions for fragmenting
[ frăg′mənt ]
A small part broken off or detached.
An incomplete or isolated portion; a bit.
To break or separate into fragments.
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