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 In daylight, Saudi state television aired a segment with its local correspondent near a police checkpoint, a thick plume of smoke visible behind him. Jon Gambrell, Anchorage Daily News, "Yemen’s Houthi rebels launch drone strikes on large Saudi oil processing site," 14 Sep. 2019 In daylight, Saudi state television aired a segment with its local correspondent near a police checkpoint, a thick plume of smoke visible behind him. Jon Gambrell, chicagotribune.com, "Saudi Arabia says drone attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels knocked out half of its oil supply; U.S. blames Iran for strikes," 14 Sep. 2019 Sean Penn didn’t want to do a traditional Mean Tweets segment for Jimmy Kimmel Live. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Sean Penn gets his very own Mean Tweets segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live," 13 Sep. 2019 Tommy Hilfiger is one brand that views people with disabilities as a significant customer segment with unmet needs. Christina Mallon, Quartz at Work, "The disabled community is the world’s third-largest economic power," 10 Sep. 2019 As the segment aired, Wall and hundreds of other dancers were just below the GMA studio in Times Square, holding a dance class. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "300 dancers show up in Times Square as Lara Spencer apologizes for Prince George ballet comment," 27 Aug. 2019 The segment that followed included male dancers Travis Wall, Fabrice Calmels and Robbie Fairchild sharing their experiences. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Lara Spencer apologizes for 'stupid and insensitive' comment," 26 Aug. 2019 Criticism of Spencer's comments came swiftly after the segment aired and many were still expressing their disappointment in her comments Friday afternoon. NBC News, "Lara Spencer apologizes for mocking Prince George's interest in ballet on 'GMA'," 23 Aug. 2019 The impacted segment also includes surfactants which are compounds that lower the surface tension (or interfacial tension) between two liquids, between a gas and a liquid, or between a liquid and a solid. Marissa Luck, Houston Chronicle, "Huntsman to sell chemical intermediate business for $2 billion," 8 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The walkable downtown area is segmented into just a few main streets that are jam-packed with clothing boutiques, home stores, cozy cafés, and more. al, "Take a culinary tour of the world in Crestline Village," 22 Aug. 2019 The main lounge is segmented with cozy nooks, television viewing areas, swing chairs and a beverage bar. Pamela Dittmer Mckuen, chicagotribune.com, "West Loop’s 727 West Madison apartments play up elliptical design," 20 Aug. 2019 And the company delivers on this mission by segmenting its product platforms into purposeful themes. Damanick Dantes, Fortune, "VF Corp’s Mantra: Embrace Change and Build Purposeful Brands," 15 Aug. 2019 But the toll plan is segmented, which means the toll would be priced at a lower cost for taking shorter trips along the project route. John Sharp | Jsharp@al.com, al.com, "Concerns mount on latest I-10 toll plan," 17 July 2019 Mechanical harvesting of crops means fewer human eyes and hands to spot anomalies (those snakes in green beans, for instance, were machine-segmented into proper green bean bite sizes). Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "The other greens in your bagged lettuce: Frogs, snakes and lizards," 27 July 2019 Mechanical harvesting of crops means fewer human eyes and hands to spot anomalies (those snakes in green beans, for instance, were machine-segmented into proper green bean bite sizes). The Washington Post, oregonlive.com, "The other greens in your bagged lettuce: frogs, snakes and lizards," 27 July 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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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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