American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Consisting of small, disconnected parts: a picture that emerges from fragmentary information.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Composed of fragments or broken pieces; broken up; hence, not complete or entire; disconnected; disjointed.
- Specifically, in geology, made up of fragments of other rocks: said of rocks such as tufas, agglomerates, conglomerates, and breccias.
- adj. Consisting of fragments; disconnected; scattered.
- adj. geology Composed of the fragments of other rocks.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Composed of fragments, or broken pieces; disconnected; not complete or entire.
- adj. (Geol.) Composed of the fragments of other rocks.
- adj. consisting of small disconnected parts
- fragment + -ary (Wiktionary)
“It is a fairly short novel, told in fragmentary, disjointed style (150 chapters in 135 pages) about the narrator's investigation of the disappearance of the head waiter of his favourite Indian restaurant.”
“Saint-Just went so far as to sketch out in fragmentary form a spartan utopia in which "Celui qui dit qu'il ne croit pas à l'amitié est banni" ( "He who says that he does not believe in friendship is banished"), proposing that”
“In Thomas McFarland's Romanticism and the Forms of Ruin, the fragmentary is instead elevated to a cultural theme.”
“The answers are out there, encoded in fragmentary clues, the scientists said.”
“While thus speaking, he continued to move along the littered floor of the dingy room, with the undulating restlessness of some wild animal in the confines of its den, and he now went on, in short fragmentary sentences, very slightly linked together, but smoothed, as it were, into harmony by a voice musical and fresh as a sky lark's warble.”
“The Multi-National Force Iraq command issued the update, called a fragmentary orderlast month.”
“I tried to recall the fragmentary knowledge of astronomy I had gained in my irregular reading, but it was all too vague to furnish any idea of the things we might expect.”
“Of this plan he completed two detached parts, namely the fragmentary 'Recluse' and 'The”
“Perhaps it may be properly termed fragmentary thoughts and jottings concerning the life of an extraordinary human force, written at intervals when I had leisure from an otherwise busy life.”
“I should not term his fragmentary system 'deistic.”
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