fragment

[n. frag-muhnt; v. frag-muhnt, -ment, frag-ment]
noun
1.
a part broken off or detached: scattered fragments of the broken vase.
2.
an isolated, unfinished, or incomplete part: She played a fragment of her latest composition.
3.
an odd piece, bit, or scrap.
verb (used without object)
4.
to collapse or break into fragments; disintegrate: The chair fragmented under his weight.
verb (used with object)
5.
to break (something) into pieces or fragments; cause to disintegrate: Outside influences soon fragmented the Mayan culture.
6.
to divide into fragments; disunify.
7.
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:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin fragmentum a broken piece, remnant, equivalent to frag- (stem of frangere to break) + -mentum -ment


1–3. See part.
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fragment
 
n
1.  a piece broken off or detached: fragments of rock
2.  an incomplete piece; portion: fragments of a novel
3.  a scrap; morsel; bit
 
vb
4.  to break or cause to break into fragments
 
[C15: from Latin fragmentum, from frangere to break]

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fragment
1530s, from L. fragmentum "a fragment, remnant," from root of frangere "to break" (see fraction). The verb is first recorded 1818 in Keats' "Endymion." Related: Fragmented; fragmenting.
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fragment frag·ment (frāg'mənt)
n.

  1. A small part broken off or detached.

  2. An incomplete or isolated portion; a bit.

v. frag·ment·ed, frag·ment·ing, frag·ments (frāg'měnt')
To break or separate into fragments.
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fragment definition


fragmentation

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Example sentences
Each fragment contains microscopic fossils-pieces of plants and fungi.
Plastic bags fragment into small pieces that are polluting our oceans and land,
  and entering our food chain.
Lacking the consortium, it was a fragment of what it was.
But radio waves are fairly low energy, and they represent only a fragment of
  the star's intensity.
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