- 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.
- a portion of a program, often one that can be loaded and executed independently of other portions.
- a unit of data in a database.
verb (used with or without object)
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Contemporary Examples of segment
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.”
Much of the segment focused on Roger Goodell and whether he would hang on to his job.
Historical Examples of segment
The transverse lines in the figure are merely impressed, and do not represent a segment.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4)
He dared not put it down, for fear of seeing some segment of Pillbot flash back.The 4-D Doodler
The caterpillar is pale grey, with brown stripes; and the head and second segment are yellowish brown.Butterflies and Moths
William S. Furneaux
Body rapidly narrowed to the eighteenth segment, but only very gradually thereafter.
As armature, commutator, and shaft rotate, the brushes connect first with one segment of the commutator and then with the other.General Science
Bertha M. Clark
- 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
Word Origin 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.