1. separating something into fine particles
; [syn: atomization, atomisation, fragmentation]
2. the disintegration of social norms governing behavior and thought and social relationships;
3. (computer science) the condition of a file that is broken up and stored in many different locations on a magnetic disk;
- Example: "fragmentation slows system performance because it takes extra time to locate and assemble the parts of the fragmented file"
4. the scattering of bomb fragments after the bomb explodes;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
fragmentation \fragmentation\ n.
the act or process of separating something into small pieces
or fine particles.
Syn: atomization, atomisation.