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frag·men·ta·tion

 (frăg′mən-tā′shən, -mĕn-)
n.
1. The act or process of breaking into fragments.
2. The scattering of the fragments of an exploding bomb or other projectile.
3. Computers The scattering of parts of a file or files throughout a storage device, as when the operating system breaks up the file and fits it into the spaces left vacant by previously deleted files.

fragmentation

(ˌfræɡmɛnˈteɪʃən)
n
1. the act of fragmenting or the state of being fragmented
2. (Sociology) the disintegration of norms regulating behaviour, thought, and social relationships
3. (Military) the steel particles of an exploded projectile
4. (Military) (modifier) of or relating to a weapon designed to explode into many small pieces, esp as an antipersonnel weapon: a fragmentation bomb.

frag•men•ta•tion

(ˌfræg mənˈteɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the act or process of fragmenting or the state of being fragmented.
adj.
2. of or designating an explosive device designed to scatter small metal fragments on detonation: a fragmentation grenade.
[1880–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fragmentation - separating something into fine particles
division - the act or process of dividing
2.fragmentation - the disintegration of social norms governing behavior and thought and social relationships
disintegration, decomposition - in a decomposed state
3.fragmentation - (computer science) the condition of a file that is broken up and stored in many different locations on a magnetic disk; "fragmentation slows system performance because it takes extra time to locate and assemble the parts of the fragmented file"
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
storage - (computer science) the process of storing information in a computer memory or on a magnetic tape or disk
4.fragmentation - the scattering of bomb fragments after the bomb explodes
blowup, detonation, explosion - a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction
Translations
fragmentacija

fragmentation

[ˌfrægmenˈteɪʃən]
A. Nfragmentación f
B. CPD fragmentation grenade Ngranada f de fragmentación

fragmentation

n (of rock, glass)Zerbrechen nt; (fig)Fragmentierung f; (of society)Zerfall m; (of hopes)Zerschlagung f

fragmentation

[ˌfrægmɛnˈteɪʃən] nframmentazione f
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Sheila's oscillation recalls for me Judith Butler's sense that we need a "typology of fragmentations" (I 990b), so that we can distinguish between the kind of fragmentation caused by oppression--in Sheila's case, by sexual abuse, peer homophobia, and parental narcissism--and the kind of fragmentation lauded in postmodern theory, the kind that is meant to challenge the equally oppressive drive of Western culture towards silencing the diversity within us and around us.
In the past several years, a number of discourses--among them cultural criticism, psychoanalytic theories of the self, trauma research, and avant garde art--have arisen to discuss the fragmentation of the self, and these discourses can be quite contradictory.
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Sperm aneuploidy and sperm DNA fragmentation in infertile men is more frequent compared to the general population, which needs to be understood well (6, 7).
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Philip Page's Dangerous Freedom: Fusion and Fragmentation in Toni Morrison's Novels provides a strong analysis of Morrison's six fictional works, and an equally thorough reading of the criticism and theory.