- 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)
Origin of segment
Synonyms for segment
Related Words for segmentingseparate, subdivide, shave, cleave, divide, hack, slit, shred, split, slash, strip, carve, sever, break, cut, tear, isolate, partition, cross, segregate
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Contemporary Examples of segmenting
Notes: SEGMENTING CITRUS Using a paring knife, cut off the top and bottom of the fruit to expose the flesh.Shaved Fennel, Roasted Potatoes
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November 25, 2008
Historical Examples of segmenting
Nor can it segment itself without also segmenting its linked totem kin or kins, which merely means segmenting the local tribe.The Secret of the Totem
- 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.