- one of the parts into which something naturally separates or is divided; a division, portion, or section: a segment of an orange.
- a part cut off from a figure, especially a circular or spherical one, by a line or plane, as a part of a circular area contained by an arc and its chord or by two parallel lines or planes.
- Also called line segment.a finite section of a line.
- any of the rings that compose the body of an annelid or arthropod.
- any of the discrete parts of the body of an animal, especially of an arthropod.
- an object, as a machine part, having the form of a segment or sector of a circle.
- a portion of a program, often one that can be loaded and executed independently of other portions.
- a unit of data in a database.
- an arclike support on which the typebars of a typewriter rest when not in use.
- to separate or divide into segments.
Origin of segment
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Examples from the Web for segment
Earlier in the segment, host Chuck Todd had asked him if he understood and acknowledged that black people have a fear of police.Memo to Cops: Criticisms Aren’t Attacks
December 28, 2014
And then there was the segment of the media that actively cheered it all on.The U.S. Will Torture Again—and We’re All to Blame
December 12, 2014
Take Too Many Cooks: a fever dream of a segment that aired at 4:00am earlier this week.Jimmy Kimmel Pranks Kids (Again), Taylor Swift’s 1989 Aerobics, and More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
November 9, 2014
In one segment, she stresses how important a good latte is—and "no one does it better than New York."New York Is Taylor Swift’s New Boyfriend
October 28, 2014
At one point, I was invited to appear on a segment of “Outside the Lines.”How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL
October 19, 2014
But this romanticism is, as it were, a segment of the larger circle of idealism.The American Mind
Small as the segment of humanity is, it is a type of the great world to which it belongs.Tales Of The Trains
Charles James Lever
Maxillary segment: the sixth segment of the head, bearing the maxillae.
Excavate: with a depression that is not the segment of a circle.
Joint: a segment or part between two incisures: an articulation.
- a part of a line or curve between two points
- a part of a plane or solid figure cut off by an intersecting line, plane, or planes, esp one between a chord and an arc of a circle
- one of several parts or sections into which an object is divided; portion
- zoology any of the parts into which the body or appendages of an annelid or arthropod are divided
- linguistics a speech sound considered in isolation
- to cut or divide (a whole object) into segments
Word Origin and History for segment
1560s, from Latin segmentum "a strip or piece cut off, a cutting, strips of colored cloth," from secare "to cut" (see section (n.)), with euphonious alteration of -c- to -g- before -m-. Latin segmentum was used in Medieval Latin as a geometry term, translating Greek tmema, and the word was first picked up in English in this sense. Meaning "segmental portion of anything circular" is from 1640s; general sense of "a division, section" is from 1762.
1859, intransitive, in reference to cell division, from segment (n.). Transitive sense, "divide (something) into segments" is from 1872. Related: Segmented; segmenting.
- A clearly differentiated subdivision of an organism or part, such as a metamere.
- A part of an organ having independent function, supply, or drainage.
- The portion of a line between any two of its points.
- The region bounded by an arc of a circle and the chord that connects the endpoints of the arc.
- The portion of a sphere included between a pair of parallel planes that intersect it or are tangent to it.