from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small part broken off or detached.
- n. An incomplete or isolated portion; a bit: overheard fragments of their conversation; extant fragments of an old manuscript.
- n. Grammar A sentence fragment.
- transitive v. To break or separate (something) into fragments.
- intransitive v. To become broken into fragments: After the election, the coalition fragmented.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A part broken off; a small, detached portion; an imperfect part; as, a fragment of an ancient writing.
- n. A sentence not containing a subject or a predicate.
- v. To break apart.
- v. To cause to be broken into pieces.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A part broken off; a small, detached portion; an imperfect part.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A part broken off or otherwise separated from a whole; a small detached portion; hence, a part of an unfinished whole, or of an uncompleted design: as, the fragments of a broken vase, of Anacreon's poems; this building is but a fragment of the original plan.
- n. A rationalistic work on the Bible, by Reimarus, a German critic of the eighteenth century. Synonyms Bit, scrap, chip, remnant.
- To break up into pieces: said of a cell-nucleus or nucleolus that breaks up amitotically into two or more pieces of unequal size.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an incomplete piece
- n. a broken piece of a brittle artifact
- n. a piece broken off or cut off of something else
- v. break or cause to break into pieces
Middle English, from Latin fragmentum, from frangere, frag-, to break; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, from Latin fragmentum ("a fragment, remnant"), from frangere, present active infinitive of frangō ("I break"). See also fraction. (Wiktionary)