[frag-muhn-tid, -men-, frag-men-]

1810–20; fragment + -ed3

nonfragmented, adjective
overfragmented, adjective
unfragmented, adjective Unabridged


[n. frag-muhnt; v. frag-muhnt, -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 ).

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

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Word Origin & History

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)

  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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Example sentences
Bearden became a master of collage, an art form as complex, fragmented and
  many-layered as his life.
Plus, the habitat that lynx prefer has become fragmented from fires, insect
  invasions and logging.
Inadequate or fragmented sleep can set off seizures in many people.
He is extremely popular with the art-house crowd, thanks to his reliance upon
  improvised dialogue and fragmented continuities.
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