One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘more than 5000 meteorite fragments’
piece, bit, particle, speck
chip, shard, sliver, splinter
shaving, paring, snippet, scrap, offcut, flake, shred, tatter, wisp, morsel, shiver, spillikin
2‘I overheard a fragment of conversation’
snatch, snippet, scrap, bit, smattering, extract, excerpt
part, section, chapter, movement
1‘frequent explosions caused the chalk to fragment’
break up, break, break into pieces, crack apart, crack open, shatter, splinter, fracture, burst apart, explode, blow apart, implode
disintegrate, come to pieces, fall to pieces, fall apart, collapse, break down, tumble down
smash, smash to smithereens
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