segment

[noun seg-muh nt; verb seg-ment, seg-ment]
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noun

verb (used with or without object)

to separate or divide into segments.

Origin of segment

1560–70; < Latin segmentum, equivalent to sec(āre) to cut + -mentum -ment
Related formsseg·men·tar·y [seg-muh n-ter-ee] /ˈsɛg mənˌtɛr i/, adjectiveseg·men·tate, adjectivein·ter·seg·ment, noun, adjectivemul·ti·seg·ment, adjectivemul·ti·seg·ment·ed, adjectivenon·seg·men·tar·y, adjectivenon·seg·ment·ed, adjectiveun·seg·men·tar·y, adjectiveun·seg·ment·ed, adjective

Synonyms for segment

1. See part.
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Examples from the Web for segmentary

Historical Examples of segmentary

  • The segmentary bricks are well baked though somewhat brittle, and they were laid in mortar.

    Mesopotamian Archaeology

    Percy S. P. Handcock


British Dictionary definitions for segmentary

segment

noun (ˈsɛɡmənt)

maths
  1. a part of a line or curve between two points
  2. 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

verb (sɛɡˈmɛnt)

to cut or divide (a whole object) into segments
Derived Formssegmentary (ˈsɛɡməntərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin for segment

C16: from Latin segmentum, from secāre to cut
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Word Origin and History for segmentary

segment

n.

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.

segment

v.

1859, intransitive, in reference to cell division, from segment (n.). Transitive sense, "divide (something) into segments" is from 1872. Related: Segmented; segmenting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

segmentary in Medicine

segment

[sĕgmənt]

n.

A clearly differentiated subdivision of an organism or part, such as a metamere.
A part of an organ having independent function, supply, or drainage.
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segmentary in Science

segment

[sĕgmənt]

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.
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