segment[seg′mənt; for v., -ment]
- The definition of a segment is a part of a whole.
An example of a segment is the part of the population that is female in comparison to the entire population as a whole.
- To segment is to divide something up into different parts.
When you are conducting research and you divide your subjects up into two separate groups, this is an example of a situation where you segment the group.
- any of the parts into which a body is separated or separable; division; section
- a part of a figure, esp. of a circle or sphere, marked off or made separate by a line or plane, as a part of a circular area bounded by an arc and its chord
- any of the finite sections of a line
- Linguis. a phone, or single sound, in the stream of speech
- the part of an arthropod appendage between joints
Origin of segmentClassical Latin segmentum ; from secare, to cut: see saw
- Any of the parts into which something can be divided: segments of the community; a segment of a television program.
- Mathematics a. The portion of a line between any two points on the line.b. The area bounded by a chord and the arc of a curve subtended by the chord.c. The portion of a sphere cut off by two parallel planes.
- Biology A clearly differentiated subdivision of an organism or part, such as a metamere.
tr. & intr.v.seg·ment·ed, seg·ment·ing, seg·ments
Origin of segmentLatin segmentum, from secāre, to cut; see sek- in Indo-European roots.
- A length of some object.
- a segment of rope
- One of the parts into which any body naturally separates or is divided; a part divided or cut off; a section; a portion.
- a segment of an orange; a segment of a compound or divided leaf
- (mathematics) A portion.
- (sciences) A portion.
- (phonology) A consonant or a vowel.
- (botany) A portion of an organ whose cells are derived from a single cell within the primordium from which the organ developed.
- (zoology) One of several parts of an organism, with similar structure, arranged in a chain; such as a vertebra, or a third of an insect's thorax.
- (broadcasting) A part of a broadcast program, devoted to a topic.
- The news showed a segment on global warming.
- (computing) An Ethernet bus.
- (computing) A region of memory or a fragment of an executable file designated to contain a particular part of a program.
- (travel) A portion of an itinerary; can be a flight or train between two cities, a car or hotel booked in a particular city.
(third-person singular simple present segments, present participle segmenting, simple past and past participle segmented)
- To divide into segments or sections.
- Segment the essay by topic.
From Latin segmentum (“a piece cut off, a strip, segment of the earth, a strip of tinsel”), from secare (“to cut”).