What does fragment mean?

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

Here are all the possible meanings 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.

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. Andy Slavitt:

    When we arrived, the US was sequencing only a small fragment of what other countries were. This hampered our ability to find and react to these variants.

  2. David Greenwood:

    We could see the different layers of cells in a leaf fragment including the epidermis with the pores, called stomata, through which plants take in carbon dioxide, we could also see the surface patterning of the epidermis cells, which was like a jigsaw pattern that we see on many living ferns.

  3. David Nutt:

    I suspect microdosing may have an effect on mood, and over time it might build up resilience or improve well-being, but I don't think it will rapidly fragment depression like macrodosing and going on a trip.

  4. Kerry Lathan:

    I have a bullet in my back. Fragment in it broke off near my spine, they say if we take it out, there's a possibility you could be paralyzed.

  5. James Waterworth:

    If cybersecurity rules are different in each European country ... it would fragment the digital single market.

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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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    a disposition that is confused or nervous and upset
    • A. fluster
    • B. descant
    • C. suffuse
    • D. excogitate

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