Definition of fragmentary in English:



  • Consisting of small disconnected or incomplete parts.

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