Definition of fragmentary in English:



  • Consisting of small disconnected or incomplete parts.

    ‘excavations have revealed fragmentary remains of masonry’
    • ‘The subtlety of the fragmentary relics of ancient hominid fossil evidence was astonishing.’
    • ‘The remains are very fragmentary, since it served as a quarry for building materials for many centuries.’
    • ‘The sculptures are fragmentary and are often missing vital body parts.’
    • ‘You never have the complete plot line in the way that you would like, so the information is always fragmentary.’
    • ‘And what utterly fascinated us was the incompleteness, the fragmentary quality of his writing.’
    • ‘The music, too, in this act is often fragmentary and lacking in direction.’
    • ‘The unevenness of the research permits the continued use of a fragmentary and inconsistent labelling system.’
    • ‘Excavations yielded the remains of at least six adults in the chambers, together with fragmentary remains of children.’
    • ‘Inherited verbal or other social responses are fragmentary and trivial.’
    • ‘So what we know about the Revolutionary War is very fragmentary and distorted.’
    • ‘The only problem then is the fragmentary nature of the production.’
    • ‘In the recording studios their emphasis on fragmentary noises and localised sound added a whole new dimension to music.’
    • ‘Not much, perhaps, beyond the fragmentary evidence of case studies and field reports.’
    • ‘Having some experience of metal working, he recognised the fragmentary remains as crucibles and clay casting moulds.’
    • ‘For folklorists generally, folk beliefs and practices were regarded as the fragmentary and often obscure remnants of older systems.’
    • ‘Nothing really major but the whole picture was, in its fragmentary way, more detailed than I'd realised.’
    • ‘The fragmentary nature of the rest of the skeletons recovered made gender identification impossible.’
    • ‘Originally known from fragmentary remains, a complete and intact skull was found on an expedition in 1988.’
    • ‘The footage was fragmentary and shot in grainy black and white.’
    • ‘The medical information conveyed in these ads is fragmentary and sometimes misleading.’
    incomplete, fragmental, fragmented, disconnected, disjointed, broken, discontinuous, piecemeal, in pieces
    incoherent, inconsistent, scrappy, bitty, sketchy, uneven, patchy, deficient, untidy, unsystematic, jumbled, inconclusive
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