- 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
Examples from the Web for unsegmented
Historical Examples of unsegmented
Any one of them might be the unsegmented gut of the segmented animal.
Moreover, this rod was unsegmented, for the notochord is devoid of segmentation.
The somites are first formed in the neck, and are added successively behind in the unsegmented posterior region of the embryo.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)
Francis Maitland Balfour
Pro' leg, an unsegmented appendage found in the larv of some insects.A Guide for the Study of Animals
The nauplius, unlike the larv which we have been considering, has an unsegmented body, and has only three pairs of limbs.The Life of Crustacea
William Thomas Calman
- 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.