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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from segment

Noun

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

Synonyms for segment

Synonyms: Noun

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for segment

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The remainder of the segment was an assessment of Trump's four years in office. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Televangelist Pat Robertson no longer thinks Trump can win re-election: 'It's time to move on'," 22 Dec. 2020 This scene—which comes less than five minutes after the horrifying dramatics of the show’s opening segment—is the first indicator that this series has something more on its mind than heroics and high principles. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Total Control’ Review: A Struggle Down Under," 10 Dec. 2020 In June, when TikTok held nearly 90% share of the segment, Indians spent 165 billion minutes on short-video apps. Prathamesh Mulye, Quartz India, "After the TikTok ban, Indians spend half as much time on short video apps as they used to," 8 Dec. 2020 Today, much of the road segment is overgrown with buckthorn and other vegetation. Erin Adler, Star Tribune, "Eden Prairie to preserve 19th-century wagon road," 7 Dec. 2020 Strewn with salt licks (blocks of minerals placed for resident cattle) and strung with barbed wire, the corral site marks the beginning of the history segment of the hike. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, "Off the beaten path: This Arizona hike unfolds with views and historical artifacts," 3 Dec. 2020 While residential storage grew 7% compared to quarter two, major growth happened in the front of the meter segment (meaning providing power off-site) which rose by more than 330% from last quarter. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, presented by API: Industry trade groups face pressure on climate as companies prep for Biden," 3 Dec. 2020 Nio is cementing its role as a challenger to Tesla Inc. in China’s premium electric-vehicle segment, with both companies benefiting as the coronavirus pandemic recedes in the country. Bloomberg.com, "Nio Loss Narrows After Electric-Car Demand in China Picks Up," 17 Nov. 2020 The company’s refining segment lost $629 million in the quarter, compared with a profit of $1.1 billion a year ago. Diego Mendoza-moyers, ExpressNews.com, "Valero reports $464 million loss for third quarter," 22 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb People who work remotely will develop strategies to segment their jobs from their personal lives, and budget their time in ways that leave them less anxious. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | NOAH SMITH: Working from home is here to stay," 1 Nov. 2020 There is also evidence that it is involved in segmenting experience into sequential events. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "“Event” Cells in the Brain Help Organize Memory into Meaningful Segments," 13 Apr. 2020 And for dessert: oranges, peeled and segmented and served with yogurt for dipping or cold and candied, after the teachings of Gabrielle Hamilton. Sam Sifton, New York Times, "What to Cook This Weekend," 28 Feb. 2020 In addition to supplying top-line revenue by production, the portal shows information on works used, with customized views to see royalties by production, type of usage, cues, territory, and duration, among other ways of segmenting that information. Ed Christman, Billboard, "Universal Music Publishing Group Unveils New 'UMPG Window' Royalty Portal, Mobile App," 18 Feb. 2020 The walls of genre and nationality that keep music contained and segmented are continuing to dissolve from the impact of streaming and social media. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Billboard's 2019 Country Power Players List Revealed," 31 May 2019 Bobcat scat tends to be segmented, 3 to 5 inches long, tubular, and varying in diameter from ½ to 1 inch. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "11 Kinds of Animal Poop Hunters Should Know," 13 Jan. 2020 The cruises are segmented according to the age of the child. Ellen Uzelac, chicagotribune.com, "Not your grandma’s vacation: River cruises turn to active travel and technology to recruit next generation of passengers," 26 Nov. 2019 Dams – ranging from massive hydroelectric projects to small culverts for roads – can segment fish populations and break up migration patterns for fish like the Alabama sturgeon. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Alabama is home to 3rd most endangered species in the nation; Here’s what we can do about it," 3 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'segment.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about segment

Time Traveler for segment

Time Traveler

The first known use of segment was in 1570

See more words from the same year

Statistics for segment

Last Updated

15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Segment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/segment. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for segment

segment

noun
How to pronounce segment (audio)

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
How to pronounce segment (audio)

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
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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on segment

What made you want to look up segment? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!