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frag·ment

 (frăg′mənt)
n.
1. A small part broken off or detached.
2. An incomplete or isolated portion; a bit: overheard fragments of their conversation; extant fragments of an old manuscript.
3. Grammar A sentence fragment.
v. (-mĕnt′) frag·ment·ed, frag·ment·ing, frag·ments
v.tr.
To break or separate (something) into fragments.
v.intr.
To become broken into fragments: After the election, the coalition fragmented.

[Middle English, from Latin fragmentum, from frangere, frag-, to break; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.]

fragment

n
1. a piece broken off or detached: fragments of rock.
2. an incomplete piece; portion: fragments of a novel.
3. a scrap; morsel; bit
vb
to break or cause to break into fragments
[C15: from Latin fragmentum, from frangere to break]

frag•ment

(n. ˈfræg mənt; v. ˈfræg mənt, -mɛnt, frægˈmɛnt)

n.
1. a part broken off or detached.
2. an isolated part.
3. an odd piece; scrap.
v.i.
4. to collapse or break into fragments.
v.t.
5. to break (something) into pieces or fragments.
6. to divide into fragments; disunify.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin fragmentum a broken piece, remnant, derivative of fra(n)g(ere) to break]

fragment


Past participle: fragmented
Gerund: fragmenting

Imperative
fragment
fragment
Present
I fragment
you fragment
he/she/it fragments
we fragment
you fragment
they fragment
Preterite
I fragmented
you fragmented
he/she/it fragmented
we fragmented
you fragmented
they fragmented
Present Continuous
I am fragmenting
you are fragmenting
he/she/it is fragmenting
we are fragmenting
you are fragmenting
they are fragmenting
Present Perfect
I have fragmented
you have fragmented
he/she/it has fragmented
we have fragmented
you have fragmented
they have fragmented
Past Continuous
I was fragmenting
you were fragmenting
he/she/it was fragmenting
we were fragmenting
you were fragmenting
they were fragmenting
Past Perfect
I had fragmented
you had fragmented
he/she/it had fragmented
we had fragmented
you had fragmented
they had fragmented
Future
I will fragment
you will fragment
he/she/it will fragment
we will fragment
you will fragment
they will fragment
Future Perfect
I will have fragmented
you will have fragmented
he/she/it will have fragmented
we will have fragmented
you will have fragmented
they will have fragmented
Future Continuous
I will be fragmenting
you will be fragmenting
he/she/it will be fragmenting
we will be fragmenting
you will be fragmenting
they will be fragmenting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been fragmenting
you have been fragmenting
he/she/it has been fragmenting
we have been fragmenting
you have been fragmenting
they have been fragmenting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been fragmenting
you will have been fragmenting
he/she/it will have been fragmenting
we will have been fragmenting
you will have been fragmenting
they will have been fragmenting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been fragmenting
you had been fragmenting
he/she/it had been fragmenting
we had been fragmenting
you had been fragmenting
they had been fragmenting
Conditional
I would fragment
you would fragment
he/she/it would fragment
we would fragment
you would fragment
they would fragment
Past Conditional
I would have fragmented
you would have fragmented
he/she/it would have fragmented
we would have fragmented
you would have fragmented
they would have fragmented
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fragment - a piece broken off or cut off of something elsefragment - a piece broken off or cut off of something else; "a fragment of rock"
chip, fleck, scrap, bit, flake - a small fragment of something broken off from the whole; "a bit of rock caught him in the eye"
brickbat - a fragment of brick used as a weapon
cinder, clinker - a fragment of incombustible matter left after a wood or coal or charcoal fire
clast - (geology) a constituent fragment of a clastic rock
ember, coal - a hot fragment of wood or coal that is left from a fire and is glowing or smoldering
filing - a fragment rubbed off by the use of a file
paring, shaving, sliver - a thin fragment or slice (especially of wood) that has been shaved from something
part, piece - a portion of a natural object; "they analyzed the river into three parts"; "he needed a piece of granite"
restriction fragment - the fragment of DNA that is produced by cleaving DNA with a restriction enzyme
scraping - (usually plural) a fragment scraped off of something and collected; "they collected blood scrapings for analysis"
spall, spawl - a fragment broken off from the edge or face of stone or ore and having at least one thin edge; "a truck bearing a mound of blue spalls"
spark - a small fragment of a burning substance thrown out by burning material or by friction
2.fragment - a broken piece of a brittle artifactfragment - a broken piece of a brittle artifact
piece - a separate part of a whole; "an important piece of the evidence"
potsherd - a shard of pottery
3.fragment - an incomplete piece; "fragments of a play"
piece - an artistic or literary composition; "he wrote an interesting piece on Iran"; "the children acted out a comic piece to amuse the guests"
snatch, bit - a small fragment; "overheard snatches of their conversation"
Verb1.fragment - break or cause to break into pieces; "The plate fragmented"
atomise, atomize - break up into small particles; "the fine powder had been atomized by air"
comminute, bray, mash, crunch, grind - reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading; "grind the spices in a mortar"; "mash the garlic"
pound - break down and crush by beating, as with a pestle; "pound the roots with a heavy flat stone"
come apart, break, split up, fall apart, separate - become separated into pieces or fragments; "The figurine broke"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"
sunder - break apart or in two, using violence
sliver, splinter - break up into splinters or slivers; "The wood splintered"
rag - break into lumps before sorting; "rag ore"
crumb - break into crumbs
brecciate - break into breccia; "brecciate rock"
crush - break into small pieces; "The car crushed the toy"
grind, grate - make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together; "grate one's teeth in anger"

fragment

noun
1. piece, part, bit, scrap, particle, portion, fraction, shiver, shred, remnant, speck, sliver, wisp, morsel, oddment, chip She read everything, digesting every fragment of news.
verb
1. break, split, shatter, crumble, shiver, disintegrate, splinter, come apart, break into pieces, come to pieces It's an exploded fracture - the bones have fragmented.
break link, marry, bond, combine, compound, merge, unify, fuse, synthesize, join together
2. break up, divide, split up, disunite Their country's politics has fragmented into disarray.

fragment

noun
1. Residual matter:
butt, end, ort (often used in plural), scrap, shard, stub.
verb
To reduce or become reduced to pieces or components:
Translations
قِسْمٌ من، جُزء صَغير منكِسْرَه، شَظِيَّهيَنْكَسِر، يَتَشَظّى
fragmentroztříštit sestřepinaúlomek
fragmentgå i stykkerskår
murtaaosanenrikkoutuasirpalesirpaloitua
fragmentfragmentiratiodlomakulomak
darabokra hullik
brotsplundra
断片破片
fragmentasfragmentiškasnuolaužašukė
daļadrumslafragmentslauskasaplīst
fragmentroztrieštiť saúlomok
drobeckošček
kırıntıparçaparçala mak

fragment

A. [ˈfrægmənt] Nfragmento m
B. [frægˈment] VTfragmentar
C. [frægˈment] VI [alliance, group] → fragmentarse; [glass, china] → hacerse añicos

fragment

[ˈfrægmənt]
n
[glass, metal] → morceau m; [bone] → fragment m
[news] → élément m
[frægˈmɛnt] vi
(= disintegrate) [organization, group] → se fragmenter
to fragment into sth → se diviser en qch
(= break) → se fissurer
[frægˈmɛnt] vt
(= break)
(= divide) → diviser

fragment

n
Bruchstück nt; (of china, glass)Scherbe f; (of shell, food)Stückchen nt; (of paper, letter)Schnipsel m; (of programme, opera etc)Bruchteil m; he smashed it to fragmentser schlug es in Stücke; the window smashed into fragmentsdas Fenster zersprang in Scherben; fragments of conversationGesprächsfetzen pl
(esp Liter, Mus, = unfinished work) → Fragment nt
vi (rock, glass)(zer)brechen, in Stücke brechen; (fig) (hopes)sich zerschlagen; (society)zerfallen
vt rock, glassin Stücke brechen; (with hammer etc) → in Stücke schlagen; (fig) societyzerschlagen; audienceaufsplittern; market, industry, workfragmentieren

fragment

[n ˈfrægməntː vb frægˈmɛnt]
1. nframmento
fragments of conversation → brani mpl di conversazione
2. viframmentarsi

fragment

(ˈfrӕgmənt) noun
1. a piece broken off. The floor was covered with fragments of glass.
2. something which is not complete. a fragment of poetry.
(fragˈment, (American) ˈfragmənt) verb
to break into pieces. The glass is very strong but will fragment if dropped on the floor.
ˈfragmentary adjective
made of pieces; incomplete. a fragmentary account of what happened.

frag·ment

n. fragmento, parte;
v. fragmentar, romper, dividir en pedazos.

fragment

n fragmento
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One forlorn fragment of dollanity had belonged to Jo and, having led a tempestuous life, was left a wreck in the rag bag, from which dreary poorhouse it was rescued by Beth and taken to her refuge.
His awakened imagination, deluded by the deceptive light, converted each waving bush, or the fragment of some fallen tree, into human forms, and twenty times he fancied he could distinguish the horrid visages of his lurking foes, peering from their hiding places, in never ceasing watchfulness of the movements of his party.
Standing alone in the world -- alone, as to any dependence on society, and with little Pearl to be guided and protected -- alone, and hopeless of retrieving her position, even had she not scorned to consider it desirable -- she cast away the fragment a broken chain.
a round-crowned fragment of a hat, like the cap of Mercury, and mounted on the back of a ragged, wild, half-broken colt, which he managed with a rope by way of halter.
She had picked up a small flat piece of wood, which happened to have in it a little hole that had evidently suggested to her the idea of sticking in another fragment that might figure as a mast and make the thing a boat.
The huge green fragment of ice on which she alighted pitched and creaked as her weight came on it, but she staid there not a moment.
You see, in another instant they would have recovered their faculties, then they'd have burst into a cheer and made a rush, and my wires would have gone down before it; but that lost instant lost them their opportunity forever; while even that slight fragment of time was still unspent, I shot the current through all the fences and struck the whole host dead in their tracks
When one is reading in bed, and lays his paper-knife down, he cannot find it again if it is smaller than a saber; that hat was as stubborn as any paper-knife could have been, and we finally had to give it up; but we found a fragment that had once belonged to an opera-glass, and by digging around and turning over the rocks we gradually collected all the lenses and the cylinders and the various odds and ends that go to making up a complete opera-glass.
He had besides the things before mentioned, twelve marbles, part of a jews-harp, a piece of blue bottle-glass to look through, a spool cannon, a key that wouldn't unlock anything, a fragment of chalk, a glass stopper of a decanter, a tin soldier, a couple of tadpoles, six fire-crackers, a kitten with only one eye, a brass door- knob, a dog-collar -- but no dog -- the handle of a knife, four pieces of orange-peel, and a dilapidated old window sash.
I wandered, on a moonlight night, through the grass-grown enclosure within: here I stumbled over a marble hearth, and there over a fallen fragment of cornice.
After a prolonged absence, she returned unsuccessful -- with the strongest persuasion in her own mind that Magdalen and Frank had secretly met one another somewhere, but without having discovered the smallest fragment of evidence to confirm her suspicions.
Hunger was pushed out of the tall houses, in the wretched clothing that hung upon poles and lines; Hunger was patched into them with straw and rag and wood and paper; Hunger was repeated in every fragment of the small modicum of firewood that the man sawed off; Hunger stared down from the smokeless chimneys, and started up from the filthy street that had no offal, among its refuse, of anything to eat.