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

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In a case of extreme image segmentation, Sandra Dee was promoted as the pampered rich girl, Tuesday Weld as the bad girl and Ms. Lynley as the good girl — studious, sensitive, wholesome and just a bit prim. New York Times, "Carol Lynley, Star of ‘Blue Denim’ and ‘The Poseidon Adventure,’ Dies at 77," 6 Sep. 2019 In a case of extreme image segmentation, Sandra Dee was promoted as the pampered rich girl, Tuesday Weld as the bad girl and Ms. Lynley as the good girl — studious, sensitive, wholesome, and just a bit prim. Anita Gates, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Poseidon Adventure’ actress Carol Lynley dies at 77," 6 Sep. 2019 And our segmentation into completely different media spheres, completely different social spheres, and different social media spheres. Eric Johnson, Vox, "The wrong US response to Russia and China may trigger a “new Cold War,” warns Stanford University’s Larry Diamond," 7 Aug. 2019 The company is also applying new network segmentation strategies to limit lateral movement across systems, as well as to put further limits on network access. Kate Fazzini, WSJ, "New Equifax CISO Tightens Structure Post-Breach," 6 Sep. 2018 In the past, such segmentation was considered a bureaucratic hassle for travel departments. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Your Rock-Solid Case for Flying Business Class for Work," 10 Oct. 2018 Faults generated by violations of memory segmentation and those created by trying to execute invalid instructions don't permit Meltdown attacks, either. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Spectre, Meltdown researchers unveil 7 more speculative execution attacks," 14 Nov. 2018 Other areas like object segmentation, which is what lets software differentiate between an image’s background and its subject, has increased in precision by 72 percent in just three years. Nick Statt, The Verge, "The AI boom is happening all over the world, and it’s accelerating quickly," 12 Dec. 2018 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

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1851, in the meaning defined above

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segmentation

noun

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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