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fragment (n.)

early 15c., "small piece or part," from Latin fragmentum "a fragment, remnant," literally "a piece broken off," from base of frangere "to break" (from PIE root *bhreg- "to break").

fragment (v.)

by 1788 (implied in fragmented), from fragment (n.). Intransitive use from 1961. Related: Fragmenting.

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Definitions of fragment
1
fragment (n.)
a piece broken off or cut off of something else;
a fragment of rock
fragment (n.)
a broken piece of a brittle artifact;
Synonyms: shard / sherd
fragment (n.)
an incomplete piece;
fragments of a play
2
fragment (v.)
break or cause to break into pieces;
The plate fragmented
Synonyms: break up / fragmentize / fragmentise
From wordnet.princeton.edu