segment

[ noun seg-muhnt; verb seg-ment, seg-ment ]
/ noun ˈsɛg mənt; verb ˈsɛg mɛnt, sɛgˈmɛnt /

noun

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for segment

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 forms of segment

segmentary (ˈsɛɡməntərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin for segment

C16: from Latin segmentum, from secāre to cut
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Medical definitions for segment

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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Scientific definitions for segment

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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