Definition of defragment in English:



[WITH OBJECT]Computing
  • Reduce the fragmentation of (a file) by concatenating parts stored in separate locations on a disk.

    ‘the safe way to defragment your files’
    • ‘You can choose which drives to defragment and whether to shut-down or reboot Windows once the deed is done.’
    • ‘Also disable the screen saver while the disk is defragmenting as it will cause the process to interrupt and re-start.’
    • ‘With today's large and fast hard drives and more efficient operating systems, one maintenance task that's no longer as necessary is disk defragmenting.’
    • ‘Another thing to bear in mind is that if programs are installed and uninstalled regularly then the hard disk will rapidly become fragmented, so it is a good idea to defragment the drive.’
    • ‘Choose the disk you want to defragment and expect to let the program run for several hours.’