fragment

Part of speech: noun

A part broken off; a small detached portion.

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Usage examples "fragment":

  1. The fragment of the Greek Empire known in the history of the Middle Ages as the Empire of Trebizond was the creation of accident. - "Women of Early Christianity Woman: In all ages and in all countries, Vol. 3 (of 10)", Alfred Brittain Mitchell Carroll.
  2. Lucy, who had, in truth, heard but a small fragment of the story,- just so much of it as Lydia had learned from the discreet Amelia, who herself had but a very hazy idea of the facts,- did not quite know how much of the tale, as it was now told to her, might be true and how much false. - "The Eustace Diamonds", Anthony Trollope.
  3. It was a mere fragment that had been spared by the flame, but Armand knew every word of the letter by heart. - "El Dorado", Baroness Orczy.