Definition of fragment in English:



Pronunciation /ˈfraɡmənt//ˈfræɡmənt/
  • 1A small part broken or separated off something.

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

    no object ‘his followers fragmented into sects’
    • ‘Regarding the long term scheme, she warned of the danger of fragmenting the site which could be ‘a disadvantage to any overall vision’.’
    • ‘It's fragmenting, the new technologies are changing how information is handled the pace is relentless, and allegations of bias are political weapons.’
    • ‘However, the highly fragmented nature of the industry will cap the prices that operators can charge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What impression can voters have of a party that is fragmenting and apparently collapsing?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What this beast of crime is doing to us is further fragmenting the fabric of our society.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other issues included a lack of tendering and contract law and fragmented control of projects.’
    • ‘Following Hammurabi's death in 1750 B.C., the old pattern emerged once again of Mesopotamian empires fragmenting after the passing of their founders.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The fact that air traffic control is fragmented is resulting in flight delays all over Europe.’
    • ‘Charles' great empire collapsed steadily, fragmenting into dozens of pieces.’
    • ‘Rather than fragmenting the book, however, these somewhat chronological chapters are passages, giving definition for and direction to the migration.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At worst, they could exacerbate it: by further fragmenting England's teaching workforce and by promoting low professional expectations.’
    break up, break, break into pieces, crack apart, crack open, shatter, splinter, fracture, burst apart, explode, blow apart, implode
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Late Middle English: from French, or from Latin fragmentum, from frangere ‘to break’.