segmentation

noun
seg·​men·​ta·​tion | \ ˌseg-mən-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce segmentation (audio) , -ˌmen- \

Definition of segmentation

: the process of dividing into segments especially : the formation of many cells from a single cell (as in a developing egg)

Examples of segmentation in a Sentence

the segmentation of the population
Recent Examples on the Web Other features on board include its segmentation into six neighborhoods: Grand Central, French Quarter, La Piazza, Summer Landing, Lido and The Ultimate Playground. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Carnival sends new Port Canaveral-bound ship Mardi Gras out for sea trials," 28 Sep. 2020 Other features on board Mardi Gras include its segmentation into six neighborhoods: Grand Central, French Quarter, La Piazza, Summer Landing, Lido and The Ultimate Playground. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Carnival Celebration revealed as name for new Miami-bound ship in 2022," 20 Nov. 2019 Manual segmentation is a major bottleneck to completing biological research because using computer systems to complete the work is still fraught with errors and, without enough volunteers, doing this work takes a really long time. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian Magazine, "Seventy-Five Scientific Research Projects You Can Contribute to Online," 15 June 2020 As with cities throughout the country, Minneapolis’s history of police violence tracks a broader segmentation of income and opportunity along a racial divide. J.c. Hallman, The New Republic, "Minneapolis in the Aftermath," 4 June 2020 Schwartz acknowledges, in a section exploring segmentation on cruise ships, that the Titanic was far more rigidly hierarchical than any ship today. Kanishk Tharoor, The New Republic, "The Exclusivity Economy," 21 Apr. 2020 Nowhere is the segmentation worse, or anger more evident, than up in the air. Nelson D. Schwartz, New York Times, "When It’s This Easy at the Top, It’s Harder for Everyone Else," 28 Feb. 2020 But segmentation is more difficult now than in the past, Mr. Medairy of Booz Allen said. James Rundle, WSJ, "Ransomware Attack Exposes Poor Energy-Sector Cybersecurity," 24 Feb. 2020 Strict segmentation would likely require having an operator at every substation and forgo connecting any equipment over public networks. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "A US gas pipeline operator was infected by malware—your questions answered," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of segmentation

1851, in the meaning defined above

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“Segmentation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/segmentation. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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segmentation

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How to pronounce segmentation (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of segmentation

: the process of dividing something into parts or segments

segmentation

noun
seg·​men·​ta·​tion | \ ˌseg-(ˌ)men-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce segmentation (audio) \

Medical Definition of segmentation

1 : the act or process of dividing into segments especially : the formation of many cells from a single cell (as in a developing egg)
2 : annular contraction of smooth muscle (as of the intestine) that seems to cut the part affected into segments — compare peristalsis

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