segment

noun
seg·ment | \ ˈseg-mənt \

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 \
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 \ 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

Kia has a safe niche for Niro, so far, in the non-premium segment of small PHEVs. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play," 13 July 2018 Levine said in the full-size pickup segment, not counting midsize pickups, Ford has a 39 percent market share, which Kelley Blue Book confirms. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "General Motors topping Ford in pickup market share," 12 July 2018 The new vehicle also filled a big Buick need, giving the automaker something to peddle in the burgeoning compact crossover segment. Al Haas, Philly.com, "Refreshed for 2019, Buick Envision is roomy, comfortable, and quiet," 12 July 2018 The Ram 1500 Rebel — the off-road variety of the 2019 redesign — took home the prize in that Mudfest segment. Tom Voelk, New York Times, "26 Vehicles Played in the Mud. Here’s the Dirt.," 12 July 2018 Maxtrax is the original maker of nylon recovery boards and still makes the most robust product in that segment. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "The Gear You Need to Get Your Truck Unstuck," 19 June 2018 Kammerer said there could be value in that segment of the draft again, should the Heat choose to seize a moment that then would have to be put on hold unless a future draft pick or player was immediately dealt as a means to complete the transaction. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Heat's NBA draft approach could be buy now, pay later," 19 June 2018 But five of the young singers were cobbled together as a boy band in a later segment. Carrie Battan, GQ, "How Do You Explain Zayn?," 18 June 2018 What if home prices in the market segments expected to be hurt the most by the tax changes actually rose significantly and showed no hints of decreasing? Kenneth R. Harney, miamiherald, "Doomsday predictions over tax cuts have not come true - yet," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Nonetheless, Facebook customers are plentiful, and the ways to segment them are virtually infinite. Daniel Gallant, WSJ, "How to Beat the Zuckerberg Casino," 8 July 2018 It's been one scripted step forward, a couple of Muslim-bashing Fox News segments back. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "'Roseanne': The Conners fear their new Muslim neighbors may be terrorists," 9 May 2018 The second is segmenting the hell out of the business and understanding what drives profitability. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Thursday, June 14," 14 June 2018 But that statistic shifts when segmented by age: 53 percent of 18 to 24 year olds prefer self-checkout compared to 13 percent of those aged 55 and over. Carolina A. Miranda, The Atlantic, "The Unbearable Awkwardness of Automation," 13 June 2018 The carrier also is one of the biggest holdouts of the shift to segmenting passengers, maintaining its policy of not charging for checked bags and largely forgoing assigned seats on its fleet of more than 700 Boeing Co. jets. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "Fare Increases in Focus as Airlines Report This Week," 24 Apr. 2018 The lobby is segmented into spaces for lounging, working and reading. Pamela Dittmer Mckuen, chicagotribune.com, "New, luxe Gold Coast apartments go for 'understated elegance'," 20 Sep. 2017 The alcohol industry has long segmented its market by gender and age, targeting young men with inexpensive beers like Coors Lights and Bud Light, and wealthier demographics with premium vodkas and whiskies, along with wine. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Trading wine for weed? Experts say trend likely to accelerate thanks to legal pot," 26 Apr. 2018 Learn to segment your audience, attract Web traffic, and use analytics to learn more about customers. Margeaux Sippell, BostonGlobe.com, "Weekend business agenda," 26 Apr. 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

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

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

: to divide (something) into parts

segment

noun
seg·ment | \ ˈseg-mənt \

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 \

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 \

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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