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defragment

[dee-frag-muh nt, -ment] /diˈfræg mənt, -mɛnt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to reorganize files on (a disk) so that the parts of each file are stored in contiguous sectors on the disk, thereby improving computer performance and maximizing disk space.
Also, Informal, defrag.
Related forms
defragmentation, noun
defragmenter, noun
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Contemporary definitions for defragmentation
intransitive verb

to carry out or undergo defragmentation; also called defrag

Word Origin

1983-88

Usage Note

defragmenting, n; defragmentation, n; defragmenter, n

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defragment

v.

1992, in computer sense, from de- + fragment. Related: Defragmented; defragmenting.

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defragmentation in Science
defragment
  (dĭ-frāg'mənt)   
To reorganize the way information is stored on a computer disk so that all of the information belonging to a file is stored in a single, contiguous area the disk.
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