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  • 1A small part broken or separated off something.

    ‘small fragments of pottery, glass, and tiles’
    • ‘After a fracture, the broken fragments of bone usually separate to some degree.’
    • ‘No findings of any archaeological significance have been made to date, except some fragments of broken pottery and glass.’
    • ‘I noted how its curved edges were constructed from broken fragments of tiles.’
    • ‘Scattered all about it there are fragments of broken shells to tell the tale of careful hunting.’
    • ‘She threw it in to the garbage pile where the broken fragments of the instruments had been piled together.’
    • ‘He added more coins to the handkerchief and started a separate pile containing of fragments of the jug.’
    • ‘Detectives also found about 130 fragments of steel shrapnel lying around the blast scene.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A break came in 2003 when a team returned to the hill and recovered several fragments of teeth and bone.’
    • ‘Besides ruins of wooden buildings, archeologists have found fragments of ceramic pottery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Excavations revealed a large concrete and brick foundation with a number of fragments of old laboratory equipment.’
    • ‘Analysis of fragments of virus from preserved lung tissue samples suggest that it jumped to the human population from pigs.’
    • ‘It was there that rescue workers combed the debris with rakes, painstakingly searching for the tiniest fragments of human remains.’
    • ‘The Museum contains a collection of over 2000 meteorite fragments found all over the world.’
    • ‘Besides ruins of wooden buildings, archeologists have found fragments of ceramic pottery.’
    • ‘Every fact is valuable, like a fragment of pottery to an archaeologist.’
    piece, bit, particle, speck
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    1. 1.1An isolated or incomplete part of something.
      ‘Nathan remembered fragments of that conversation’
      • ‘Perhaps it's best that we only remember fragments; the full story would be too much to live with every day.’
      • ‘Then you notice, down at the bottom and off to the side, a fragment of a temporary wooden fence, broken and collapsing.’
      • ‘Diagrams of spheres and collaged textural elements are part of a surface crowded with fragments.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The arguments of both are based on the fragment of an ancient text, preserved by accident in a remote province.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was composed of remnants, fragments, collages, woven together delicately with words.’
      • ‘I like fragments of writing and particularly enjoyed this piece.’
      • ‘Participants will be given fragments of a message as they move on the grid according to pre-generated patterns.’
      • ‘In her scrolls, fragments of words are combined with fragments of images, so that the idea of a single reading or truth is scorned.’
      • ‘I'd given them the pieces, the fragments of knowledge, and they'd put them together to build that.’
      • ‘Open-ended narratives are pieced together from fragments of description and overheard conversations.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Back in Texas's room, she and Katie were trying to piece together the fragments of the night before.’
      • ‘From the many fragments that remain of her poetry, I have chosen those that best reflect something of this beauty.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She's still trying to piece together the fragments of other people's memories.’
      snatch, snippet, scrap, bit, smattering, extract, excerpt
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/ˈfraɡmənt/ /ˈfræɡmənt/


  • Break or cause to break into fragments.

    no object ‘his followers fragmented into sects’
    • ‘What impression can voters have of a party that is fragmenting and apparently collapsing?’
    • ‘Other issues included a lack of tendering and contract law and fragmented control of projects.’
    • ‘The fact that air traffic control is fragmented is resulting in flight delays all over Europe.’
    • ‘However, the highly fragmented nature of the industry will cap the prices that operators can charge.’
    • ‘Charles' great empire collapsed steadily, fragmenting into dozens of pieces.’
    • ‘What this beast of crime is doing to us is further fragmenting the fabric of our society.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's fragmenting, the new technologies are changing how information is handled the pace is relentless, and allegations of bias are political weapons.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Regarding the long term scheme, she warned of the danger of fragmenting the site which could be ‘a disadvantage to any overall vision’.’
    • ‘Roads are a major force in fragmenting the habitats of plants and animals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    break up, break, break into pieces, crack apart, crack open, shatter, splinter, fracture, burst apart, explode, blow apart, implode
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/fraɡˈment/ /fræɡˈmɛnt/


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