What does fragment mean?

Definitions for fragment
ˈfræg mənt; ˈfræg mənt, -mɛnt, frægˈmɛntfrag·ment

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word fragment.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fragmentnoun

    a piece broken off or cut off of something else

    "a fragment of rock"

  2. shard, sherd, fragmentnoun

    a broken piece of a brittle artifact

  3. fragmentverb

    an incomplete piece

    "fragments of a play"

  4. break up, fragment, fragmentize, fragmentiseverb

    break or cause to break into pieces

    "The plate fragmented"


  1. fragmentnoun

    A part broken off; a small, detached portion; an imperfect part; as, a fragment of an ancient writing.

  2. fragmentnoun

    A sentence not containing a subject or a predicate.

  3. fragmentverb

    To break apart.

  4. fragmentverb

    To cause to be broken into pieces.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FRAGMENTnoun

    A part broken from the whole; an imperfect piece.

    Etymology: fragmentum, Latin.

    He who late a sceptre did command,
    Now grasps a floating fragment in his hand. Dryden.

    Cowley, in his unfinished fragment of the Davideis, has shewn us this way to improvement. Isaac Watts, Improvement.

    If a thinned or plated body, which, being of an even thickness, appears all over of one uniform colour, should be slit into threads, or broken into fragments of the same thickness with the plate, I see no reason why every thread or fragment should not keep its colour. Isaac Newton, Opt.


  1. fragment

    A fragment is a small piece or part that has been broken off, detached, or separated from something else. The term can also refer to an incomplete or isolated portion of something, such as a fragment of a sentence, a conversation, a memory, or a larger piece of work. In computer science, a fragment refers to a part of a computer program or a section of a webpage. It can also refer to the incomplete pieces of data in computer networks.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fragmentverb

    a part broken off; a small, detached portion; an imperfect part; as, a fragment of an ancient writing

  2. Etymology: [L. fragmentum, fr. frangere to break: cf. F. fragment. See Break, v. t.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fragment

    frag′ment, n. a piece broken off: an unfinished portion.—adj. Frag′mental (also -ment′).adv. Frag′mentarily.—n. Frag′mentariness.—adjs. Frag′mentary, Frag′mented, consisting of fragments or pieces: broken. [Fr.,—L. fragmentum, frangĕre, to break.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fragment' in Nouns Frequency: #1700

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fragment in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fragment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of fragment in a Sentence

  1. Alan Marshall Beck:

    No human being is constituted to know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth and even the best of men must be content with fragment, with partial glimpses, never the full fruition.

  2. Edgar Quinet:

    The law of humanity ought to be composed of the past, the present, and the future, that we bear within us; whoever possesses but one of these terms, has but a fragment of the law of the moral world.

  3. Philip Hammond:

    The international community will not stand by while Houthi forces and other actors continue to undermine stability in Yemen and seek to fragment that country and undermine its legitimate president.

  4. Arthur Georges:

    We used a bacterial artificial chromosome library to generate and verify sex specific sequence and probes that were important to determine the underlying sex of individuals, a BAC library is constructed by cutting up the dragon DNA, the whole genome, and inserting the fragments into bacterial colonies, one fragment per colony, so you can pull particular dragon sequence out at will.

  5. Stephen Odell:

    As a segment gets that big, it's probably going to fragment into different requirements.

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  • شظيةArabic
  • фрагмент, парче, къс, раздробявам се, отломък, раздробявам, фрагментирамBulgarian
  • fragmentar, fragmentCatalan, Valencian
  • zlomek, úlomek, střep, fragmentCzech
  • fragmentDanish
  • Satzfragment, Fragment, fragmentierenGerman
  • θραύσμα, κομματιάζω, θρυμματίζω, απόσπασμα, τεμαχίζωGreek
  • fragmentar, fragmentoSpanish
  • särkeä, sirpale, rikkoutua, pirstoutua, pirstoa, hajottaa, fragmentti, särkyä, sirpaloitua, rikkoa, hajota, osanenFinnish
  • fragment, fragmenterFrench
  • mìr, bìdeag, criomagScottish Gaelic
  • פרורHebrew
  • töredék, darabHungarian
  • կտորArmenian
  • frammentare, frammentoItalian
  • 断片, フラグメント, 破片, 欠片Japanese
  • fragmentumLatin
  • māhurehure, korakora, mōrohe, kuru, kongakonga, rutunga, tūāporo, kora, mōteteMāori
  • whakakorakoraMalay
  • fragment, fragmenterenDutch
  • fragmentNorwegian Nynorsk
  • fragmentNorwegian
  • fragmentoPortuguese
  • fragment, fragmenta, bucatăRomanian
  • отрывок, разломать, разламывать, фрагмент, осколок, развалиться, обломок, фрагментировать, кусок, разваливатьсяRussian
  • òdlomak, fragmentírati, ùlomak, fràgmentSerbo-Croatian
  • fragmentSwedish
  • துண்டுTamil
  • kırıntı, parça, fragman, bölüm, kısımTurkish
  • 分段Chinese

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