Definition of fragment in English:


Line breaks: frag|ment


Pronunciation: /ˈfragm(ə)nt


Pronunciation: /fragˈmɛnt
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  • Break or cause to break into fragments: [no object]: Lough Erne fragmented into a series of lakes [with object]: management has tighter control through fragmenting the tasks
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    • What impression can voters have of a party that is fragmenting and apparently collapsing?
    • Other issues included a lack of tendering and contract law and fragmented control of projects.
    • The fact that air traffic control is fragmented is resulting in flight delays all over Europe.
    break up, break, break into pieces, crack open/apart, shatter, splinter, fracture, burst apart, explode, blow apart, implode; disintegrate, come to pieces, fall to pieces, fall apart, collapse, break down, tumble down; smash, smash to smithereens
    informal bust
    technical spall
    rare shiver



adjective (chiefly Geology )
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  • The surface is covered everywhere with a thin fragmental layer (known as soil, or ‘regolith’) that consists mainly of ground-up and remelted lunar rocks, with an average grain size of less than 0.1 millimeters.
  • The fossiliferous ledge overlies a thin, resistant, phosphatic sandstone containing fragmental orbiculoid brachiopods and fish teeth, typical components of the Meade Peak Member of the Phosphoria Formation.
  • Previous workers considered the fine-grained red bed strata (called red RAT) as Lower Roan rocks thrust from the south, and the associated fragmental rocks as tectonic friction breccias.


late Middle English: from French, or from Latin fragmentum, from frangere 'to break'.

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