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.
- seg·men·tar·y [seg-muhn-ter-ee], /ˈsɛg mənˌtɛr i/, adjective
- seg·men·tate, adjective
- in·ter·seg·ment, noun, adjective
- mul·ti·seg·ment, adjective
- mul·ti·seg·ment·ed, adjective
- non·seg·men·tar·y, adjective
- non·seg·ment·ed, adjective
- un·seg·men·tar·y, adjective
- un·seg·ment·ed, adjective
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How to use segment in a sentence
Not only do they allow the grouping of users into smaller segments, they use detailed data about online browsing activity to target ads.Apple defends decision to delay privacy feature, slams Facebook | Verne Kopytoff | November 19, 2020 | Fortune
Former hedge fund manager and CNBC host Jim Cramer has long been touting companies that focus on the hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle segment.Electric vehicle stocks recover, but the road may not end well | Aaron Pressman | November 18, 2020 | Fortune
This can be seen geometrically if we start with two vertices of the triangle at opposite ends of a segment of length 85, and then construct circles of radius 38 and 46 around them.Some Math Problems Seem Impossible. That Can Be a Good Thing. | Patrick Honner | November 18, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
The CEO claims that the beauty segment is big enough and in enough turmoil to leave Kohl’s an opening.Kohl’s CEO insists its supersize beauty shops can compete with the new Ulta/Target partnership | Phil Wahba | November 17, 2020 | Fortune
They were each built to help businesses like ours sell products to customers in big batches, in large segments.Why empathy is about meeting the customer on their terms | Sponsored Content: Pegasystems Inc. | November 16, 2020 | Search Engine Land
ME3M was like online sex without the sex: seedy, dehumanized, segmented, and awkward—yet often still erotic.Sneer and Clothing in Miami: Inside The $3 Billion Woodstock of Contemporary Art | Jay Michaelson | December 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
On the inside is the usual mix of off-white, flecked linoleum tiles and segmented ceiling panels, dull and dimly lit.Native American Basketball Team in Wyoming Have Hoop Dreams Of Their Own | Robert Silverman | August 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The first animal to be segmented—to go from just a single body to a body with two segments—must have been a macromutation.
They sell into a market more internally segmented and subdivided than the market of the 1930s.
You looked like ants to me, with your strangely segmented bodies and horrid mandibles.
(c) Segmented worms are long, jointed creatures composed of body rings or segments.A Civic Biology | George William Hunter
Shortly after the egg has segmented (divided into many cells) the embryo may be seen developing on one side of the egg.A Civic Biology | George William Hunter
Not a man or woman in the segmented portion of clan Eagle Hawk can now have a wife or a husband, for they can only marry Crows.The Secret of the Totem | Andrew Lang
They are not segmented, and form four ridges seated on the sides of the notochord.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1 | Francis Maitland Balfour
He supposes that the segmented Annelids, from which Vertebrates are descended, were swimming animals.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1 | Francis Maitland Balfour
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
- segmentary (ˈsɛɡməntərɪ, -trɪ), adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for segment
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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