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

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Synonyms: Noun

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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 The morning show literally beat the war drums -- with dramatic percussion music in and out of segments -- and speculated about what the president would do next. Brian Stelter, CNN, "'Fox & Friends' rally around Trump after missile attack: The Iranians are 'terrified of us'," 8 Jan. 2020 To fill time, NBC had to invent a special two-hour Dateline pre-show, which Variety reported was comprised of awkward fluff segments and extended, snoozy features on the nominees. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "How Long Are The Golden Globes?," 5 Jan. 2020 That action was realized this week, when Congress sent the president the bill that finally creates a program to legalize the status of a large segment of America's Liberian diaspora. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Thousands of Liberians could gain pathway to U.S. citizenship under a bill Trump just signed," 20 Dec. 2019 After nearly a decade of revenue increases, the growth of Disney’s media networks segment has slowed down. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "2019 was Disney’s biggest year ever, but 2020 will be its most important," 20 Dec. 2019 The show is an extension of WTMJ's long-running weekly news segment of the same name, highlighting people, organizations and events in the community that have a positive impact. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "WTMJ-TV's Carole Meekins stepping down from 10 p.m. newscast, will do weekly 'Positively Milwaukee' show," 19 Dec. 2019 The end of the political commentary segments comes as a surprise, given the historic level of advertising expected to flood stations in the run-up to the 2020 election. NBC News, "Sinclair drops Boris Epshteyn and other political analysts," 11 Dec. 2019 As both humans and dogs age, methyl groups are added to our DNA molecules, which can change the activity of a DNA segment without altering the DNA. Fox News, "Your dog’s real age in ‘dog years’ revealed (and it’s not their age multiplied by seven)," 19 Nov. 2019 Booking inquiries for hotels and flights to New Delhi have slumped since the Hindu festival of Diwali on Oct. 27, said Sharat Dhall, chief operating officer of the business-to-consumer segment at Yatra Online Inc. Anurag Kotoky, chicagotribune.com, "Tourists avoid Delhi as air pollution reaches record levels," 7 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The model priced at $249 will sell alongside the current $159 version that launched in March, and marks the first time that Apple is segmenting its AirPods line in a significant way. BostonGlobe.com, "MullenLowe and Mediahub moving to the Seaport," 29 Oct. 2019 Within this rigid framework, executives were given the freedom to be creative; G.M. essentially became the first company to segment the automobile market, selling Chevrolets to the middle class and Cadillacs to the wealthy. Charles Duhigg, The New Yorker, "Is Amazon Unstoppable?," 10 Oct. 2019 Otherwise, the performers felt segmented into glossy cameos. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Well The Little Mermaid Live! just wasn't much of anything," 6 Nov. 2019 The model priced at $249 will sell alongside the current $159 version that launched in March, and marks the first time that Apple is segmenting its AirPods line in a significant way. BostonGlobe.com, "MullenLowe and Mediahub moving to the Seaport," 29 Oct. 2019 The model priced at $249 will sell alongside the current $159 version that launched in March, and marks the first time that Apple is segmenting its AirPods line in a significant way. Mark Gurman / Bloomberg, Time, "Apple Debuts AirPods Pro, With 'New Design' and Noise Canceling Capabilities," 28 Oct. 2019 When the implication of this sinks in, the rest of the world may well stop segmenting Nigerians and simply lose trust in them collectively. David Hundeyin, CNN, "Opinion: FBI fraud busts dent Nigeria's global reputation," 29 Aug. 2019 Where the population was segmented into smaller groups, the margin jumps to 5.2%. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "Colorado Latinos really don’t like President Donald Trump but they aren’t excited about the 2020 election yet," 29 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of segment was in 1570

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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Segment.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/segment. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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

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