[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

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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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Medical Dictionary

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
The notebook is a place, though, that you could write snippets and fragments of
  text that you could use later.
There's no compelling reason to link these entries, and piecing clue fragments
  together is more tiresome than fun for solvers.
The old moat walls will be cut up into fragments that will be reused in the
  walls of the addition.
And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that
  remained to them twelve baskets.
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