What does the word fragment mean?

Usage examples for fragment

  1. 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 by Anthony Trollope
  2. It was a mere fragment that had been spared by the flame, but Armand knew every word of the letter by heart. – El Dorado by Baroness Orczy