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segment

noun seg·ment \ ˈseg-mənt \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of segment

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
2 a :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

segmentary

play \ˈseg-mən-ˌter-ē\ adjective

Examples of segment in a Sentence

  1. The railroad track is divided into segments.

  2. I think I lost one segment of this model kit.

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Origin and Etymology of segment

Latin segmentum, from secare to cut — more at saw

Synonym Discussion of segment

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

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segment

verb seg·ment \ ˈseg-ˌment \

Definition of segment

transitive verb
:to separate into segments :give off as segments

Examples of segment in a Sentence

  1. Market researchers have segmented the population into different age groups.

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First Known Use of segment

1859


SEGMENT Defined for English Language Learners

segment

noun

Definition of segment for English Language Learners

  • : one of the parts into which something can be divided

  • geometry : 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

Definition of segment for English Language Learners

  • : to divide (something) into parts


SEGMENT Defined for Kids

segment

noun seg·ment \ ˈseg-mənt \

Definition of segment for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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segment

noun seg·ment \ ˈseg-mənt \

medical Definition of segment

: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

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segment

transitive verb seg·ment \ ˈseg-ˌment \

medical Definition of segment

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


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