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1. Fragmentary.
2. Geology Consisting of broken rock, coal, or ore moved from its place of origin.

frag·men′tal·ly adv.


1. (Geological Science) (of rocks or deposits) composed of fragments of pre-existing rocks and minerals
2. another word for fragmentary
fragˈmentally adv


(ˈfræg mənˌtɛr i)

consisting of fragments; broken; incomplete: fragmentary evidence; fragmentary remains.
frag′men•tar`i•ly, adv.
frag′men•tar`i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fragmental - consisting of small disconnected parts; "fragmentary remains"
fractional - constituting or comprising a part or fraction of a possible whole or entirety; "a fractional share of the vote"; "a partial dose"
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The actual number of areas with rhythmic patterns is even larger, but those that were too faint or too old or covered by peat or fragmental structures were not included in the study.
The engine exhaust soot is significantly different from the flame periphery soot which exhibits mostly amorphous structure, lumpy outer layers, apparently smaller primary particle size and blurs or fragmental particles.
In addition we find several errors in the calculations or ways of theorizing and assemblies of fragmental memorandums without meaningful procedures.
The measure of order and disorder in the distribution of species in fragmental habitat.
The coefficient of each species was calculated based on the fragmental algorithm in the LogP for each substance.
Those authors used stones of 2-5 mm size to prepare different stone fractions, leading to homogeneous mixtures, whereas the fragmental soils of our study were collected from the research site where a heterogeneous mixture of stones in size and shape were naturally distributed.
On the other hand, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has defined soil types as organic soils (or Histosols) if more than half of the upper 80 cm of the soil is organic or if organic soil material of any thickness rests on rock or fragmental material having interstices filled with organic materials (United States Department of Agriculture, 1998; Murtedza et al.
When it comes to his life and work prior to his arrival in Prague, there is only fragmental archival information or references, mostly mentioned by himself in the verbose prefaces to his music prints.
This is the first sentence from the first chapter of Falling Man, consisting of a fragmental description of a world seen by the protagonist Keith Neudecker, a lawyer and victim of the attack who just came out of the tower where he worked.
collective interest has not disappeared, but continues to be fragmental.
The past they re-establish is only fragmental, being based on reasoning, documents and confessions.
The civil service of Georgia is regulated by a very vague law that was adopted in 1997 and, by 2013, had already contained over 70 fragmental amendments that were designated to accomplish predominantly the goals of ruling parties.