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[n. frag-muh nt; v. frag-muh nt, -ment, frag-ment] /n. ˈfræg mənt; v. ˈfræg mənt, -mɛnt, frægˈmɛnt/
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).
Origin of fragment
late Middle English
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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Examples from the web for fragments
  • 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.
  • The often truncated fragments that survive can be tantalizing.
  • The terrific noise it emitted was an explosion which made it erupt several fragments of volcanic materials.
  • When the unnerved scientists gathered the fragments, they noticed that the bone now revealed the inner ear.
  • Prehistoric humans painted images of the animals on cave walls and carved their likeness in fragments of mammoth tusk.
  • Despite this missing fragments, however, it is clear what sort of dinosaur it was.
  • The real surprise, however, was fragments of dinosaur eggshell.
British Dictionary definitions for fragments


noun (ˈfræɡmənt)
a piece broken off or detached: fragments of rock
an incomplete piece; portion: fragments of a novel
a scrap; morsel; bit
verb (fræɡˈmɛnt)
to break or cause to break into fragments
Word Origin
C15: from Latin fragmentum, from frangere to break
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Word Origin and History for fragments



early 15c., from Latin fragmentum "a fragment, remnant," literally "a piece broken off," from root of frangere "to break" (see fraction).


by 1788 (implied in fragmented), from fragment (n.). Related: Fragmenting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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fragments in Medicine

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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