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

Synonyms for segment

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 a segment for Jay Leno's Garage, the former talk-show host went for a spin in the polarizing vehicle with Tesla CEO Elon Musk riding shotgun. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Watch Jay Leno Take Tesla’s Cybertruck through a Boring Company Tunnel," 29 May 2020 Fold the uncovered border over the onion mixture in 3-inch segments, leaving most of the cheese and onion mixture exposed in the center. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Sweet Onion Galette," 27 May 2020 In that video, graduates will be seen walking across the high school’s auditorium stage in segments that were recorded over a three-day period earlier this month. John Delapp Correspondent, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park High in-person graduation changed to sooner date," 21 May 2020 Last week, in a segment about how to cut men's hair at home, Ripa volunteered to cut her oldest son Michael's hair as an example. Alyssa Kelly, PEOPLE.com, "Kelly Ripa Shows Off Grays as She Jokes About 'Desperately' Needing a Haircut," 7 May 2020 Female solitary bees lay a single egg in each segment of the nest that contains a pollen provision, then die off. Lila Westreich, The Conversation, "Spring signals female bees to lay the next generation of pollinators," 1 May 2020 Big progress with big vehicles Though consumer EVs consistently generate the most media attention, progress on transportation electrification is occurring rapidly in heavier vehicle segments. Nathaniel Horadam, Ars Technica, "Are electric vehicles doomed? We don’t think so, despite poor sales," 27 Apr. 2020 Quibi, which streams programs in segments of 10 minutes or less, charges $4.99 a month for programming with ads and $7.99 without ads. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, "Streaming service Quibi off to strong start, topping Disney+ and Netflix in downloads," 7 Apr. 2020 The vast increase in leverage has been systemwide and especially pervasive in market segments already shackled by debt. Fortune, "Coronavirus is igniting a devastating crisis for highly indebted companies," 4 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There is also evidence that it is involved in segmenting experience into sequential events. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "“Event” Cells in the Brain Help Organize Memory into Meaningful Segments," 13 Apr. 2020 And for dessert: oranges, peeled and segmented and served with yogurt for dipping or cold and candied, after the teachings of Gabrielle Hamilton. Sam Sifton, New York Times, "What to Cook This Weekend," 28 Feb. 2020 In addition to supplying top-line revenue by production, the portal shows information on works used, with customized views to see royalties by production, type of usage, cues, territory, and duration, among other ways of segmenting that information. Ed Christman, Billboard, "Universal Music Publishing Group Unveils New 'UMPG Window' Royalty Portal, Mobile App," 18 Feb. 2020 The walls of genre and nationality that keep music contained and segmented are continuing to dissolve from the impact of streaming and social media. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Billboard's 2019 Country Power Players List Revealed," 31 May 2019 Bobcat scat tends to be segmented, 3 to 5 inches long, tubular, and varying in diameter from ½ to 1 inch. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "11 Kinds of Animal Poop Hunters Should Know," 13 Jan. 2020 The cruises are segmented according to the age of the child. Ellen Uzelac, chicagotribune.com, "Not your grandma’s vacation: River cruises turn to active travel and technology to recruit next generation of passengers," 26 Nov. 2019 Dams – ranging from massive hydroelectric projects to small culverts for roads – can segment fish populations and break up migration patterns for fish like the Alabama sturgeon. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Alabama is home to 3rd most endangered species in the nation; Here’s what we can do about it," 3 Nov. 2019 The model priced at $249 will sell alongside the current $159 version that launched in March, and marks the first time that Apple is segmenting its AirPods line in a significant way. BostonGlobe.com, "MullenLowe and Mediahub moving to the Seaport," 29 Oct. 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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1 Jun 2020

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“Segment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/segment. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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