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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 Literary scholars are piecing together her last unpublished novel from fragments of a recently discovered manuscript.Words meaning small pieces and amounts

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.Tearing and breaking into pieces
fragmentation
noun [U] uk   /ˌfræɡ.menˈteɪ.ʃən/ us  
It was partly the fragmentation of the opposition which helped to get the Republicans re-elected.Tearing and breaking into pieces
(Definition of fragment from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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