Definition of fragment in English:



Pronunciation /ˈfraɡm(ə)nt/
  • 1A small part broken off or separated from something.

    ‘small fragments of pottery’
    • ‘It was there that rescue workers combed the debris with rakes, painstakingly searching for the tiniest fragments of human remains.’
    • ‘These images help your dentist to see if there are any broken roots under the gum, or fragments of tooth stuck in your lip or tongue.’
    • ‘Even today visitors can scour the area and come up with fragments of dinosaur eggshell or fossilized bone shards of Protoceratops.’
    • ‘I noted how its curved edges were constructed from broken fragments of tiles.’
    • ‘Analysis of fragments of virus from preserved lung tissue samples suggest that it jumped to the human population from pigs.’
    • ‘A break came in 2003 when a team returned to the hill and recovered several fragments of teeth and bone.’
    • ‘She threw it in to the garbage pile where the broken fragments of the instruments had been piled together.’
    • ‘In support of the inside explosion theory the insurers rely in particular on the fact that no large fragments of plating were found in the engine room.’
    • ‘No findings of any archaeological significance have been made to date, except some fragments of broken pottery and glass.’
    • ‘He added more coins to the handkerchief and started a separate pile containing of fragments of the jug.’
    • ‘Every fact is valuable, like a fragment of pottery to an archaeologist.’
    • ‘Besides ruins of wooden buildings, archeologists have found fragments of ceramic pottery.’
    • ‘After a fracture, the broken fragments of bone usually separate to some degree.’
    • ‘Excavations revealed a large concrete and brick foundation with a number of fragments of old laboratory equipment.’
    • ‘Detectives also found about 130 fragments of steel shrapnel lying around the blast scene.’
    • ‘The Museum contains a collection of over 2000 meteorite fragments found all over the world.’
    • ‘The only other known Ice Age figurative art in Britain consists of a few engravings on fragments of animal bone, also found at Creswell Crags.’
    • ‘Scattered all about it there are fragments of broken shells to tell the tale of careful hunting.’
    piece, bit, particle, speck
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1 An isolated or incomplete part of something.
      ‘Nathan remembered fragments of the conversation’
      • ‘They're my particular way of writing my autobiography, the fragments of my day which make up an impression of my state of mind in a particular place.’
      • ‘Back in Texas's room, she and Katie were trying to piece together the fragments of the night before.’
      • ‘Participants will be given fragments of a message as they move on the grid according to pre-generated patterns.’
      • ‘The arguments of both are based on the fragment of an ancient text, preserved by accident in a remote province.’
      • ‘I think they are likely to lead to conflicts between fragments and fractions within ruling corporate elites.’
      • ‘Most of the costumes are fragments rather then complete outfits.’
      • ‘Remember: what you see here is a tiny fragment of people's lives, the portion they choose to share, and it's often very different to the full picture.’
      • ‘She's still trying to piece together the fragments of other people's memories.’
      • ‘It was composed of remnants, fragments, collages, woven together delicately with words.’
      • ‘Perhaps it's best that we only remember fragments; the full story would be too much to live with every day.’
      • ‘I like fragments of writing and particularly enjoyed this piece.’
      • ‘He just kept shivering and muttering incoherent fragments of distorted English.’
      • ‘I asked him how he managed to evoke such realism in his neolithic and bronze age settings even down to fragments of lost languages.’
      • ‘Diagrams of spheres and collaged textural elements are part of a surface crowded with fragments.’
      • ‘From the many fragments that remain of her poetry, I have chosen those that best reflect something of this beauty.’
      • ‘There, I just shared a fragment of my unfortunate life in front of strangers.’
      • ‘I'd given them the pieces, the fragments of knowledge, and they'd put them together to build that.’
      • ‘In her scrolls, fragments of words are combined with fragments of images, so that the idea of a single reading or truth is scorned.’
      • ‘Then you notice, down at the bottom and off to the side, a fragment of a temporary wooden fence, broken and collapsing.’
      • ‘Open-ended narratives are pieced together from fragments of description and overheard conversations.’
      snatch, snippet, scrap, bit, smattering, extract, excerpt
      View synonyms


Pronunciation /fraɡˈmɛnt/
  • 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’
    • ‘It's fragmenting, the new technologies are changing how information is handled the pace is relentless, and allegations of bias are political weapons.’
    • ‘And there is no documentary evidence that we will improve the quality of Government by fragmenting it and scattering it across the countryside, he said.’
    • ‘The fact that air traffic control is fragmented is resulting in flight delays all over Europe.’
    • ‘At worst, they could exacerbate it: by further fragmenting England's teaching workforce and by promoting low professional expectations.’
    • ‘Well probably not by itself, but it is part of a change in media consumption that we need to keep an eye on, because the media environment and the way that people can consume media is fragmenting rapidly.’
    • ‘Roads are a major force in fragmenting the habitats of plants and animals.’
    • ‘When each failed to win control of the central state, the locus of conflict shifted to major strategic resources such as cities and ports, fragmenting the clan alliances.’
    • ‘Rather than fragmenting the book, however, these somewhat chronological chapters are passages, giving definition for and direction to the migration.’
    • ‘Following Hammurabi's death in 1750 B.C., the old pattern emerged once again of Mesopotamian empires fragmenting after the passing of their founders.’
    • ‘Regarding the long term scheme, she warned of the danger of fragmenting the site which could be ‘a disadvantage to any overall vision’.’
    • ‘Charles' great empire collapsed steadily, fragmenting into dozens of pieces.’
    • ‘In an age where media is fragmenting, becoming more specialised, a station with as broad a remit and geographic reach as Radio Scotland increasingly looks like an anachronism.’
    • ‘As the money-hungry youngsters fight to claim an early inheritance, Penelope embarks on a journey of peace and order to save the family that is fragmenting about her.’
    • ‘What impression can voters have of a party that is fragmenting and apparently collapsing?’
    • ‘In a society that seems to be fragmenting even as we watch, the kind of community spirit you find in clubs like this is priceless.’
    • ‘TV still grabs the largest share of budgets but, as more homes turn multi-channel, TV audiences are fragmenting and marketers are seeking other ways to reach them.’
    • ‘What this beast of crime is doing to us is further fragmenting the fabric of our society.’
    • ‘However, the highly fragmented nature of the industry will cap the prices that operators can charge.’
    • ‘Television still has a fragmenting nature about it in Canada due to bilingualism and more recently in specialty channels which cater to our multicultural population.’
    • ‘Other issues included a lack of tendering and contract law and fragmented control of projects.’
    break up, break, break into pieces, crack apart, crack open, shatter, splinter, fracture, burst apart, explode, blow apart, implode
    View synonyms


Late Middle English: from French, or from Latin fragmentum, from frangere ‘to break’.