segment

noun
seg·​ment | \ ˈseg-mənt How to pronounce segment (audio) \

Definition of segment

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a portion cut off from a geometric figure by one or more points, lines, or planes: such as
a : the area of a circle bounded by a chord and an arc of that circle
b : the part of a sphere cut off by a plane or included between two parallel planes
c : the finite part of a line between two points in the line
2a : a separate piece of something : bit, fragment chop the stalks into short segments
b : one of the constituent parts into which a body, entity, or quantity is divided or marked off by or as if by natural boundaries all segments of the population agree

segment

verb
seg·​ment | \ ˈseg-ˌment How to pronounce segment (audio) \
segmented; segmenting; segments

Definition of segment (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to separate into segments : give off as segments

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Other Words from segment

Noun

segmentary \ ˈseg-​mən-​ˌter-​ē How to pronounce segmentary (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for segment

Synonyms: Noun

member, part, partition, portion, section

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Noun

part, portion, piece, member, division, section, segment, fragment mean something less than the whole. part is a general term appropriate when indefiniteness is required. they ran only part of the way portion implies an assigned or allotted part. cut the pie into six portions piece applies to a separate or detached part of a whole. a puzzle with 500 pieces member suggests one of the functional units composing a body. a structural member division applies to a large or diversified part. the manufacturing division of the company section applies to a relatively small or uniform part. the entertainment section of the newspaper segment applies to a part separated or marked out by or as if by natural lines of cleavage. the retired segment of the population fragment applies to a part produced by or as if by breaking off. only a fragment of the play still exists

Examples of segment in a Sentence

Noun

The railroad track is divided into segments. I think I lost one segment of this model kit.

Verb

Market researchers have segmented the population into different age groups.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Analysts see this segment rising to more than $15 billion annually for the company in the next two years. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "It Is Prime Time for Smartwatches," 6 Mar. 2019 Nokia has also signed a memorandum of understanding with China Mobile for research and testing of artificial intelligence and machine learning and said the companies would collaborate to find customers in new segments. Fortune, "Nokia Signs $1.2 Billion Deal With China Mobile," 11 July 2018 Examples are cited in the areas of noise, air quality and traffic, where it is noted that there would be considerable impacts on multiple intersections and roadway and freeway segments. Lori Weisberg, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Airport releases environmental analysis of $3B plan to redevelop terminals," 10 July 2018 The success of that first van almost single-handedly transformed the commercial vehicle landscape, making Sprinter a leader and innovator in the segment. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The All-New 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Is Pushing Commercial Utility Into the Future," 1 Dec. 2018 According to Billboard, Ed mentioned a possible collab in a video segment from UK show heatworld. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "BTS Might Release a Song Written by Ed Sheeran," 21 Nov. 2018 However, galleries in the middle segment of the market are having a hard time surviving, and if many of them close their doors, that is bad for the ecology of the art world. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Why is art so expensive?," 31 Oct. 2018 Satellite images of the volcano taken over the past few days show a large segment of the volcano’s flank that is now missing, bolstering the idea that a huge landslide might have caused this tsunami. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Deadly Indonesian tsunami was not caused by an earthquake," 23 Dec. 2018 Recently, Fury and Crissle have devoted a segment of the podcast to talking about mental health—an important topic that's still considered taboo in many cultures. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "A few of our favorite podcasts in 2018, from new to new-to-us," 23 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The front seats are segmented and offset by bright gold seatbelts. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2019 Volvo S60 is Swedish style at a surprisingly good price," 16 Oct. 2018 The reality is consumers don’t bifurcate or segment their world like that. Leigh Kamping-carder, WSJ, "Casper Co-Founder Predicts the Death of (Bad) Retail," 21 Nov. 2018 This shift comes with other organizational changes that mostly involve segmenting Verizon’s respective businesses from one another, including new consumer and business-focused groups. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Oath will soon be rebranded as Verizon Media Group," 5 Nov. 2018 This footage is then segmented, meaning each frame is broken into different categories: sky, cars, trees, road, buildings, and so on. James Vincent, The Verge, "Nvidia has created the first video game demo using AI-generated graphics," 3 Dec. 2018 The social scientist Richard Florida of the University of Toronto insightfully segments the U.S. into three categories of people: the mobile, the rooted and the stuck. Ben Sasse, WSJ, "Politics Can’t Solve Our Political Problems," 12 Oct. 2018 Then, a segmenting software cut the image into pieces and threw the pieces containing rocks, boulders, and so on into a series of classifiers. Jacek Krywko, Ars Technica, "To make Curiosity (et al) more curious, NASA and ESA smarten up AI in space," 16 July 2018 The closet is segmented into two racks—suits and bondage. Vogue, "Christine and the Queens Releases a New Video for “5 Dollars,” and the Vibe Is “American Gigolo With a Twist”," 16 Aug. 2018 As the new season of Orange Is the New Black highlights, long gone are the alliances that once segmented many of the Litchfield inmates as the mistreatment of the women has reached an all-time high. Candice Frederick, Teen Vogue, ""Orange is the New Black" Season 6 Has the Women Striving for Peace and Community More Than Ever," 27 July 2018

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First Known Use of segment

Noun

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for segment

Noun

Latin segmentum, from secare to cut — more at saw

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segment

noun

English Language Learners Definition of segment

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one of the parts into which something can be divided
: a part of a circle formed by drawing a straight line between two points on the circle
: a part of a straight line between two points

segment

verb

English Language Learners Definition of segment (Entry 2 of 2)

: to divide (something) into parts

segment

noun
seg·​ment | \ ˈseg-mənt How to pronounce segment (audio) \

Kids Definition of segment

1 : any of the parts into which a thing is divided or naturally separates
2 : a part cut off from a figure (as a circle) by means of a line or plane
3 : a part of a straight line included between two points

segment

noun
seg·​ment | \ ˈseg-mənt How to pronounce segment (audio) \

Medical Definition of segment

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one of the constituent parts into which a body, entity, or quantity is divided or marked off by or as if by natural boundaries bronchopulmonary segments the affected segment of the colon was resected

segment

transitive verb
seg·​ment | \ ˈseg-ˌment How to pronounce segment (audio) \

Medical Definition of segment (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to cause to undergo segmentation by division or multiplication of cells
2 : to separate into segments

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