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FRAGMENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fragment mean? 

FRAGMENT (noun)
  The noun FRAGMENT has 3 senses:

1. a piece broken off or cut off of something else
2. a broken piece of a brittle artifact
3. an incomplete piece

  Familiarity information: FRAGMENT used as a noun is uncommon.


FRAGMENT (verb)
  The verb FRAGMENT has 1 sense:

1. break or cause to break into pieces

  Familiarity information: FRAGMENT used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FRAGMENT (noun)


Sense 1fragment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A piece broken off or cut off of something else

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Context example:

a fragment of rock

Hypernyms ("fragment" is a kind of...):

part; piece (a portion of a natural object)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fragment"):

spark (a small fragment of a burning substance thrown out by burning material or by friction)

spall; spawl (a fragment broken off from the edge or face of stone or ore and having at least one thin edge)

scraping ((usually plural) a fragment scraped off of something and collected)

restriction fragment (the fragment of DNA that is produced by cleaving DNA with a restriction enzyme)

paring; shaving; sliver (a thin fragment or slice (especially of wood) that has been shaved from something)

filing (a fragment rubbed off by the use of a file)

coal; ember (a hot fragment of wood or coal that is left from a fire and is glowing or smoldering)

clast ((geology) a constituent fragment of a clastic rock)

cinder; clinker (a fragment of incombustible matter left after a wood or coal or charcoal fire)

brickbat (a fragment of brick used as a weapon)

bit; chip; flake; fleck; scrap (a small fragment of something broken off from the whole)


Sense 2fragment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A broken piece of a brittle artifact

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

shard; sherd; fragment

Hypernyms ("fragment" is a kind of...):

piece (a separate part of a whole)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fragment"):

potsherd (a shard of pottery)


Sense 3fragment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An incomplete piece

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

fragments of a play

Hypernyms ("fragment" is a kind of...):

piece (an artistic or literary composition)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fragment"):

bit; snatch (a small fragment)


FRAGMENT (verb)


Sense 1fragment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Break or cause to break into pieces

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

fragment; fragmentise; fragmentize; break up

Context example:

The plate fragmented

Hypernyms (to "fragment" is one way to...):

break; come apart; fall apart; separate; split up (become separated into pieces or fragments)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fragment"):

crush (break into small pieces)

brecciate (break into breccia)

crumb (break into crumbs)

rag (break into lumps before sorting)

sliver; splinter (break up into splinters or slivers)

sunder (break apart or in two, using violence)

pound (break down and crush by beating, as with a pestle)

bray; comminute; crunch; grind; mash (reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading)

atomise; atomize (break up into small particles)

grate; grind (make a grating or grinding sound by rubbing together)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody of something


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