|1.||the act of fragmenting or the state of being fragmented|
|2.||the disintegration of norms regulating behaviour, thought, and social relationships|
|3.||the steel particles of an exploded projectile|
|4.||(modifier) of or relating to a weapon designed to explode into many small pieces, esp as an antipersonnel weapon: a fragmentation bomb|
|fragmentation (frāg'mən-tā'shən) Pronunciation Key
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.