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

consisting of fragments; broken; incomplete: fragmentary evidence; fragmentary remains.
frag′men•tar`i•ly, adv.
frag′men•tar`i•ness, n.
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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 drill hole intersected an interval for 263 m of fragmental volcanics from 190 m that displayed patchy kaolinite texture with banded quartz-magnetite-specularite veins, which is suggestive of proximal porphyry source mineralization.
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Liberia is heavily burdened with debt, failing in its developmental objectives, is still recovering from the weakening of the capacity to deliver public and social goods directly to its citizens due to 14 years of devastated wars, ailing economic, brain-dream, fragmental public and private institutions, and importantly unpatriotic and disunity among political institutions and state actors and non-state actors.
Due to the fragmental dilatancy of caving rock in the gob, the compaction rates of the caving rock in the gob at different distances behind the coal face are different; therefore, the ratios of the subsidence of the gob roof are different.
Due to the short distance between cementing soil-rock mixtures and the ground surface, the soil-rock mixtures are not cemented by gravity; rather, they are cemented as slurry-stone fragmental materials flowing along the slope and accumulating on the crushed rock layer.
Caption: FIGURE 2: The proposed fragmental pathway and the M[S.sup.2] bar graph of M9.
To make a proof for such statement a couple of the fragmental parts pieces of the calculation tables are presented in Figure 7.
Palacio is the co-founder of the 'fragmental painting' movement, which is based on the concept that since everything in our universe is in constant movement, painting should be no different.
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.
In addition we find several errors in the calculations or ways of theorizing and assemblies of fragmental memorandums without meaningful procedures.