from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of breaking into fragments.
- n. The scattering of the fragments of an exploding bomb or other projectile.
- n. Computer Science The scattering of parts of a file throughout a disk, as when the operating system breaks up the file and fits it into the spaces left vacant by previously deleted files.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of fragmenting or something fragmented; disintegration.
- n. The process by which fragments of an exploding bomb scatter.
- n. The breaking up and dispersal of a file into non-contiguous areas of a disk.
- n. The breaking up of a data packet when larger than the transmission unit of a network.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the act or process of separating something into small pieces or fine particles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A breaking up into parts or fragments; specifically, in zoology, a breaking up into parts or joints with become new individuals, as in some Schizomycetes: a form of fission.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (computer science) the condition of a file that is broken up and stored in many different locations on a magnetic disk
- n. the scattering of bomb fragments after the bomb explodes
- n. separating something into fine particles
- n. the disintegration of social norms governing behavior and thought and social relationships
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