[ noun ] a piece broken off of something else


"a fragment of rock"

Used in print

(Francis J. Johnston and John E. Willard, "The...)

In the liquid phase runs the amount of carbon_tetrachloride in each reaction tube was determined by weighing the tube before opening and weighing the fragments after emptying .

(Leo Lemon, "Catch Up With" and "Something to...)

And , when the slat finally shatters , we see him count the fragments , all the while muttering , `` He loves me , he loves me not '' .

[ noun ] a broken piece of a brittle artifact


shard sherd

Used in print

(Ralph J. Salisbury, "On the Old Santa Fe Trail...)

Johnson unwired the right_hand door , whose window was , like the left one , merely loosely taped fragments of glass , and Johnson wadded himself into a narrow seat made still more narrow by three cases of beer .

Related terms

piece potsherd break_up

[ noun ] an incomplete piece


"fragments of a play"

Related terms

piece bit break_up

[ verb ] break or cause to break into pieces


"The plate fragmented" "I don't want to break up the group"