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  1. of, relating to, or characterized by segments or segmentation.
  2. Linguistics. noting or pertaining to the discrete elements of sequential speech, as consonants and vowels.

Origin of segmental

First recorded in 1810–20; segment + -al1
Related formsseg·men·tal·ly, adverbin·ter·seg·men·tal, adjectivemul·ti·seg·men·tal, adjectivenon·seg·men·tal, adjectivenon·seg·men·tal·ly, adverbtrans·seg·men·tal, adjectivetrans·seg·men·tal·ly, adverbun·seg·men·tal, adjectiveun·seg·men·tal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for segmental


  1. of, like, or having the form of a segment
  2. divided into segments
  3. linguistics of, relating to, or constituting an isolable speech sound
Derived Formssegmentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for segmental


1816, from segment (n.) + -al (1).

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