Definition of Fragment

1. Noun. A piece broken off or cut off of something else. "A fragment of rock"

2. Verb. Break or cause to break into pieces. "The plate fragmented"

3. Noun. A broken piece of a brittle artifact.
Exact synonyms: Shard, Sherd
Generic synonyms: Piece
Specialized synonyms: Potsherd
Derivative terms: Fragmental, Fragmentary

4. Noun. An incomplete piece. "Fragments of a play"
Generic synonyms: Piece
Specialized synonyms: Bit, Snatch
Derivative terms: Fragmental, Fragmentary

Definition of Fragment

1. n. A part broken off; a small, detached portion; an imperfect part; as, a fragment of an ancient writing.

Definition of Fragment

1. Noun. A part broken off; a small, detached portion; an imperfect part; as, a fragment of an ancient writing. ¹

2. Noun. (grammar) A sentence not containing a subject or a predicate. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To break apart. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To cause to be broken into pieces. ¹

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Definition of Fragment

1. to break into pieces [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Fragment

1. A small part broken from a larger entity. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fragment

fragilitas crinium
fragilitas sanguinis
fragility of the blood
fragility test
fragment (current term)
fragment reaction
fragment shader
fragment shaders

Literary usage of Fragment

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal of Theological Studies (1903)
"The Cyprian fragment, consisting of a single leaf (foL i of the Codex), so far from being later in date than the other fragments, as Hartel was informed, ..."

2. Beowulf: An Introduction to the Study of the Poem with a Discussion of the by Raymond Wilson Chambers (1921)
"The fragment begins and breaks off in the middle of a line: but possibly not much has ... When, therefore, we find in the Finnsburg fragment inaccuracies of ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"The second (1395) contains the confession arid litany, which also begin the Stowe Missal, a fragment of a Mass of the Dead, a prayer at the Visitation of ..."

4. The Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley in Verse and Prose, Now First Brought by John Todhunter, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Harry Buxton Forman (1880)
"fragment.1 HARK ! the owlet flaps his wings In the pathless dell beneath; Hark! 'tis the night-raven sings Tidings of approaching death. ..."

5. Biological Bulletin by Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.) (1911)
"2. a, a similar cell cut as above; 6. fragment 72 hours afterwards showing ... 3. a, conjugating Paramecium cut in zone 2; 6. fragment 24 hours after the ..."

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