[ noun seg-muhnt; verb seg-ment, seg-ment ]
/ noun ˈsɛg mənt; verb ˈsɛg mɛnt, sɛgˈmɛnt /
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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.
verb (used with or without object)
to separate or divide into segments.
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Origin of segment
First recorded in 1560–70; from Latin segmentum, equivalent to sec(āre) “to cut” + -mentum-ment
synonym study for segment
1. See part.
OTHER WORDS FROM segment
seg·men·tar·y [seg-muhn-ter-ee], /ˈsɛg mənˌtɛr i/, adjectiveseg·men·tate, adjectivein·ter·seg·ment, noun, adjectivemul·ti·seg·ment, adjective
mul·ti·seg·ment·ed, adjectivenon·seg·men·tar·y, adjectivenon·seg·ment·ed, adjectiveun·seg·men·tar·y, adjectiveun·seg·ment·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for segment
- 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
Derived forms of segmentsegmentary (ˈsɛɡməntərɪ, -trɪ), adjective
Word Origin for segment
C16: from Latin segmentum, from secāre to cut
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Medical definitions for segment
[ sĕg′mənt ]
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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Scientific definitions for segment
[ sĕg′mənt ]
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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