Meaning of fragment

frag•ment

Pronunciation: (n.frag'muntv.frag'munt, -ment, frag&sylpment'), [key]
— n.
  1. a part broken off or detached: scattered fragments of the broken vase.
  2. an isolated, unfinished, or incomplete part: She played a fragment of her latest composition.
  3. an odd piece, bit, or scrap.
—v.i.
  1. to collapse or break into fragments; disintegrate: The chair fragmented under his weight.
—v.t.
  1. to break (something) into pieces or fragments; cause to disintegrate: Outside influences soon fragmented the Mayan culture.
  2. to divide into fragments; disunify.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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