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


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

Other Words from segment


segmentary \ ˈseg-​mən-​ˌter-​ē How to pronounce segment (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for segment

Synonyms: Noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For his segment, he was paired with two Canadian skiers — Simon Hillis, 18, and Nick McNutt, 33 — for a heliskiing expedition in British Columbia’s Valhalla Range. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Sep. 2022 Meanwhile, China’s economic downturn has also dented ByteDance’s businesses, especially its main advertising segment, forcing the company to lay off thousands of employees. Raffaele Huang, WSJ, 16 Sep. 2022 The companies can’t cut from streaming, their fastest-growing segment and one widely viewed as the future of the entertainment industry. Lucas Shaw,, 1 Sep. 2022 James Corden, a Brit himself, dedicated an entire segment to remembering the Queen, who died at age 96 at her home in Scotland on Thursday afternoon. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 9 Sep. 2022 Incorporating an advice segment, a weekly singalong, and the occasional guest, the women quickly found a hit on their hands. Essence, 7 Sep. 2022 In a 73 Questions segment to accompany her Vogue October cover profile, Jennifer Lawrence shared her favorite anecdote about her frequent costar, who has starred opposite her in Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, and Joy. Jessica Wang,, 6 Sep. 2022 In a 1994 segment, Stern played tapes of his father asking him — at age nine — whether the United States should remain a member of the United Nations. Malina Saval, Variety, 6 Sep. 2022 NBC News Correspondent Stephanie Gosk sat down with Saban, starting quarterback Bryce Young and other members of the program to discuss managing expectations and maintaining mental health on a TODAY Show segment that aired Tuesday morning. Nick Alvarez |, al, 6 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To make, segment the center of a paper plate into six sections; write prompts in each. Carly Breit, Country Living, 22 Sep. 2022 Others strategically segment their online audiences to empower more intentional sharing to particular groups. WIRED, 22 Aug. 2022 This can help marketers easily segment their favorite ABM and execute their ABM campaigns. Buyan Thyagarajan, Forbes, 3 May 2022 To gain real-time customer insight, banks can segment their customers using available data (e.g., customer profiling, analyzing transaction patterns, past and immediate customer behavior). Ankit Agarwal, Forbes, 21 June 2022 Marketing teams can segment customers through a list of criteria. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 13 May 2022 The problem is that current solutions don’t operate on mobile devices and require accurate models to recognize and segment the parts. Yanzhi Wang, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Educators also are careful to segment out age-appropriate texts for elementary, middle and high school libraries, librarians say, relying on the professional reviews and websites such as Common Sense Media. Hannah Natanson, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Mar. 2022 And of course, Santa is using the latest technology to segment his customers into his two traditional groups: Naughty or Nice. Richard Howells, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of segment


1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for segment


Latin segmentum, from secare to cut — more at saw

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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


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


transitive verb
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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