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Definition of "fragment" [frag•ment]

  • A small part broken off or detached. (noun)
  • An incomplete or isolated portion; a bit: overheard fragments of their conversation; extant fragments of an old manuscript. (noun)
  • Grammar A sentence fragment. (noun)
  • To break or separate (something) into fragments. (verb-transitive)
  • To become broken into fragments: After the election, the coalition fragmented. (verb-intransitive)
  • A piece broken off or detached (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • An incomplete piece; portion (noun)
  • A scrap; morsel; bit (noun)
  • To break or cause to break into fragments (verb)

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Use "fragment" in a sentence
  • "NOTES: As curious as the fragment is the periodical that published it."
  • "As they took his money and would not let him go, he told them who he was, and that the Prince of Orange wanted to take his life; and he began to scream for a boat -- and then to cry, because he had lost a piece of wood on his ride which he called a fragment of Our Saviour's cross."
  • "Orange wanted to take his life; and he began to scream for a boat -- and then to cry, because he had lost a piece of wood on his ride which he called a fragment of Our Saviour's cross."