fragment

A fragment is a small piece that’s come off a larger whole, and to fragment is to break. If your teacher writes "frag" on your paper, you've got an incomplete sentence.

Fragment, meaning "a tiny, brittle shard," first appeared as a noun and later as a verb. That afternoon you hacked away at the fireplace in your parents’ living room in search of secret treasure as a child? Those dusty chunks of brick you scattered all over their shag carpet were fragments of a once-intact wall, and a happier time before you were grounded. Not only did you cause physical damage that day, but you also fragmented their trust in you.

Definitions of fragment
  1. noun
    a piece broken off or cut off of something else
    “a fragment of rock”
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    bit, chip, flake, fleck, scrap
    a small fragment of something broken off from the whole
    brickbat
    a fragment of brick used as a weapon
    cinder, clinker
    a fragment of incombustible matter left after a wood or coal or charcoal fire
    clast
    (geology) a constituent fragment of a clastic rock
    coal, ember
    a hot fragment of wood or coal that is left from a fire and is glowing or smoldering
    filing
    a fragment rubbed off by the use of a file
    paring, shaving, sliver
    a thin fragment or slice (especially of wood) that has been shaved from something
    restriction fragment
    the fragment of DNA that is produced by cleaving DNA with a restriction enzyme
    scraping
    (usually plural) a fragment scraped off of something and collected
    spall, spawl
    a fragment broken off from the edge or face of stone or ore and having at least one thin edge
    spark
    a small fragment of a burning substance thrown out by burning material or by friction
    matchwood
    fragments of wood
    metal filing
    a fragment of metal rubbed off by the use of a file
    exfoliation, scale, scurf
    a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin
    scurf
    (botany) a covering that resembles scales or bran that covers some plant parts
    splint
    a thin sliver of wood
    sliver, splinter
    a small thin sharp bit or wood or glass or metal
    turning
    a shaving created when something is produced by turning it on a lathe
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    part, piece
    a portion of a natural object
  2. noun
    a broken piece of a brittle artifact
    synonyms: shard, sherd
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    potsherd
    a shard of pottery
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    piece
    a separate part of a whole
  3. noun
    an incomplete piece
    fragments of a play”
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    bit, snatch
    a small fragment
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    piece
    an artistic or literary composition
  4. verb
    break or cause to break into pieces
    “The plate fragmented
    synonyms: break up, fragmentise, fragmentize
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    atomise, atomize
    break up into small particles
    bray, comminute, crunch, grind, mash
    reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
    pound
    break down and crush by beating, as with a pestle
    sunder
    break apart or in two, using violence
    sliver, splinter
    break up into splinters or slivers
    rag
    break into lumps before sorting
    crumb
    break into crumbs
    brecciate
    break into breccia
    crush
    break into small pieces
    grate, grind
    make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together
    gnash
    grind together, of teeth
    pulp
    reduce to pulp
    pestle
    grind, mash or pulverize in a mortar
    mill
    grind with a mill
    bruise
    break up into small pieces for food preparation
    chew, jaw, manducate, masticate
    chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth
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    break, come apart, fall apart, separate, split up
    become separated into pieces or fragments
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