Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Fragmentary.
  • adj. Geology Consisting of broken rock, coal, or ore moved from its place of origin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. consisting of fragments
  • n. A fragmentary rock.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fragmentary.
  • adj. Consisting of the pulverized or fragmentary material of rock, as conglomerate, shale, etc.
  • n. A fragmentary rock.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consisting of fragments; fragmentarily combined.
  • Same as clastic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. consisting of small disconnected parts

Etymologies

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fragment +‎ -al

Examples

  • Her fragmental ideas were swept tidily away by his answer.

    You Don't Take Names

  • Deimos has a smooth surface due to a blanket of fragmental rock or regolith, except for the most recent impact craters.

    NASA Watch: Space Science News: March 2009 Archives

  • According to field evidence, volcanic activity occurred along the Zapopan fault zone in the north, forming La Higuera, El Mexico and La Campana volcanoes, thus filling the Santiago-Verde channel with thick lava flows interbedded with explosive fragmental material.

    The geology and geography of Lake Chapala and western Mexico

  • The barranca is 2000 feet deep and is cut in layers of resistant basaltic lava flows and softer explosive fragmental material.

    The geology and geography of Lake Chapala and western Mexico

  • Topics in the August issue include: discovery in Spain of fossilized bone marrow from 10 million-year-old amphibians; tectonic stability of the Mississippi delta; dietary influences on survival versus extinction in the late Pleistocene; use of fossilized buffalo teeth to reconstruct climate and vegetation of Great Plains grasslands; quantifying long-term landscape evolution; and proposed standard terminology for fragmental volcanic rocks.

    Science press releases

  • Ill feelings, misunderstandings, disagreements and starmanship have all played their parts in this fragmental process.

    Cowards, Slackers, and Stars; the 911 Truth Collective

  • During each subsequent earthquake, however, such bricks are increasingly likely to move, being held by only fragmental mortar, compressive load, and force of habit.

    Fault Line

  • To Joanna, Scott inscribed his fragmental drama of "Macduff's Cross," which was included in a Miscellany published by her in 1823.

    The Modern Scottish Minstrel , Volume I. The Songs of Scotland of the past half century

  • 'The publication of Christabel cannot be an indifferent circumstance to any true lover of poetry -- it is a singular monument of genius, and we doubt whether the fragmental beauty that it now possesses can be advantageously exchanged for the wholeness of a finished narrative.

    The Life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1838

  • Placers are detrital or fragmental sediments containing the ore in mechanical fragments, which are derived from the erosion and transportation of solid-rock veins or lodes, sometimes called the

    The Economic Aspect of Geology

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