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
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n 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

n a broken piece of a brittle artifact

Synonyms:
shard, sherd
Types:
potsherd
a shard of pottery
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piece
a separate part of a whole

n 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

v 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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