seg·​men·​ta·​tion | \ˌseg-mən-ˈtā-shən, -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

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Then, there’s another strategy which is this sort of segmentation not exactly based on the needs on the entrepreneur. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Term Sheet - Thursday, July 12," 12 July 2018 Unfortunately, the current geopolitical situation in the world only boosts the global segmentation of the internet and introduces many obstacles for researchers and investigators. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Hackers who sabotaged the Olympic games return for more mischief," 19 June 2018 Even more exciting, the general strategy of In Codice Ratio—jigsaw segmentation, plus crowdsourced training of the software—could easily be adapted to read texts in other languages. Sam Kean, The Atlantic, "Artificial Intelligence Is Unlocking the Vatican's Secret Archives," 30 Apr. 2018 Even with that well-intentioned stab at segmentation, the attacker can simply springboard from the camera to attack the router next. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "An Elaborate Hack Shows How Much Damage IoT Bugs Can Do," 16 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, Dworkin said, high resolution audio will allow pricing segmentation to emerge as services evolve. Ed Christman, Billboard, "Opportunity in the Global Music Industry Brings New Challenges as Services Find One Size Doesn't Fit All," 23 Jan. 2018 Despite the market’s segmentation, Jope doesn’t believe the era of the billion-dollar brand is over. Beth Kowitt, Fortune, "Unilever Is Launching a New 'Natural' Line of Shampoos and Soaps to Attract Millennials," 13 Dec. 2017 Learn more The overlooked beauty of brick-and-mortar retail is how well retail chains lend themselves to what economists call price segmentation. Kyle Stock,, "Nike Cuts Out the Middleman to Sell You the Perfect Sneaker," 27 Sep. 2017 But the hyper-segmentation of the internet has, in some ways, decentralized the power long held by art world elites. Caitlin Kelley, Billboard, "'Love Your BTS' Exhibition Demonstrates It's Time to Take K-pop Fan Art Seriously," 20 Oct. 2017

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1851, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of segmentation

: the process of dividing something into parts or segments


seg·​men·​ta·​tion | \ˌseg-(ˌ)men-ˈtā-shən \

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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