Pronunciation: /ˈfragm(ə)nt /
- 1A small part broken off or separated from something: small fragments of potteryMore example sentences
- After a fracture, the broken fragments of bone usually separate to some degree.
- No findings of any archaeological significance have been made to date, except some fragments of broken pottery and glass.
- I noted how its curved edges were constructed from broken fragments of tiles.
- 1.1An isolated or incomplete part of something: Nathan remembered fragments of the conversationMore example sentences
- Perhaps it's best that we only remember fragments; the full story would be too much to live with every day.
- Then you notice, down at the bottom and off to the side, a fragment of a temporary wooden fence, broken and collapsing.
- Diagrams of spheres and collaged textural elements are part of a surface crowded with fragments.
Pronunciation: /fragˈmɛnt /Back to top
- 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 tasksMore example sentences
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
- 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.
(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'.