Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “fragment”

See all translations

fragment

noun [C] uk   /ˈfræɡ.mənt/ us  
a small piece or a part, especially when broken from something whole: The road was covered with fragments of glass from the shattered window. Literary scholars are piecing together her last unpublished novel from fragments of a recently discovered manuscript.

fragment

verb [I or T] uk   /fræɡˈment/ us  
to break something into small parts or to be broken up in this way: The satellite will fragment and burn up as it falls through the Earth's atmosphere. The government is planning to fragment the industry before privatizing it.
fragmentation
noun [U] uk   /ˌfræɡ.menˈteɪ.ʃən/ us  
It was partly the fragmentation of the opposition which helped to get the Republicans re-elected.
(Definition of fragment from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of fragment?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “fragment” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

make believe

believing or imagining things that appear to be attractive or exciting, but are not real

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More