What does segment mean?

Definitions for segment
ˈsɛg mənt; ˈsɛg mɛnt, sɛgˈmɛntseg·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. section, segmentnoun

    one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object

    "a section of a fishing rod"; "metal sections were used below ground"; "finished the final segment of the road"

  2. segmentverb

    one of the parts into which something naturally divides

    "a segment of an orange"

  3. segment, sectionverb

    divide into segments

    "segment an orange"; "segment a compound word"

  4. segmentverb

    divide or split up

    "The cells segmented"


  1. segmentnoun

    A length of some object.

    a segment of rope

  2. segmentnoun

    A straight path between two points that is the shortest distance between them.

  3. segmentnoun

    The part of a circle between its circumference and a chord (usually other than the diameter).

  4. segmentnoun

    Any of the pieces that comprise an order tree.

  5. segmentnoun

    A consonant or a vowel.

  6. segmentnoun

    A part of a broadcast program, devoted to a topic.

    The news showed a segment on global warming.

  7. segmentnoun

    An Ethernet bus.

  8. segmentnoun

    A portion of an itinerary; can be a flight or train between two cities, a car or hotel booked in a particular city.

  9. segmentnoun

    A portion of an organ whose cells are derive from a single cell within the primordium from which the organ developed.

  10. segmentverb

    To divide into segments or sections.

    Segment the essay by topic.

  11. segmentnoun

    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.

  12. Etymology: From segmentum, from secare.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Segmentnoun

    A figure contained between a chord and an arch of the circle, or so much of the circle as is cut off by that chord.

    Etymology: segment, French; segmentum, Lat.

    Even unto a parallel sphere, and such as live under the poles for half a year, some segments may appear at any time, and under any quarter, the sun not setting, but walking round. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Their segments or arcs, which appeared so numerous, for the most part exceeded not the third part of a circle. Newton.


  1. segment

    A segment is a part or portion of a whole, often referred to in the context of lines or shapes in mathematics, market divisions in business, or parts of a journey or route in transportation. It generally refers to a distinct piece that is part of a larger entity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Segmentnoun

    one of the parts into which any body naturally separates or is divided; a part divided or cut off; a section; a portion; as, a segment of an orange; a segment of a compound or divided leaf

  2. Segmentnoun

    a part cut off from a figure by a line or plane; especially, that part of a circle contained between a chord and an arc of that circle, or so much of the circle as is cut off by the chord; as, the segment acb in the Illustration

  3. Segmentnoun

    a piece in the form of the sector of a circle, or part of a ring; as, the segment of a sectional fly wheel or flywheel rim

  4. Segmentnoun

    a segment gear

  5. Segmentnoun

    one of the cells or division formed by segmentation, as in egg cleavage or in fissiparous cell formation

  6. Segmentnoun

    one of the divisions, rings, or joints into which many animal bodies are divided; a somite; a metamere; a somatome

  7. Segmentverb

    to divide or separate into parts in growth; to undergo segmentation, or cleavage, as in the segmentation of the ovum

  8. Etymology: [L. segmentum, fr. secare to cut, cut off: cf. F. segment. See Saw a cutting instrument.]


  1. Segment

    In linguistics, the term segment is "any discrete unit that can be identified, either physically or auditorily, in the stream of speech".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Segment

    seg′ment, n. a part cut off: a portion: (geom.) the part of a circle cut off by a straight line: the part of a sphere cut off by a plane: a section: one of the parts into which a body naturally divides itself: (her.) a bearing representing one part only of a rounded object.—v.t. and v.i. to divide or become divided.—adj. Segmen′tal, being a segment: in embryology, noting the rudimental venal organs.—adv. Segmen′tally.—adjs. Seg′mentary, Seg′mentate.—n. Segmentā′tion, the act of cutting into segments.—adj. Segmen′ted.—ns. Seg′ment-gear, a gear extending over an arc only of a circle, providing a reciprocating motion; Seg′ment-rack, a rack having a cogged surface; Seg′ment-saw, a circular saw used for cutting veneers; Seg′ment-shell, a modern form of projectile for artillery. [L. segmentumsecāre, to cut.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. segment

    To experience a segmentation fault. Confusingly, this is often pronounced more like the noun ‘segment’ than like mainstream v. segment; this is because it is actually a noun shorthand that has been verbed.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. segment

    In geometry, any part of a circle which is bounded by an arc and its chord, or so much of the circle as is cut off by that chord.


  1. Segment

    a ring or division bounded by incisions or sutures: a segment of an insect or of any articulate is a transverse portion reaching entirely across the body, originally separated on the exterior by incisions or sutures from the preceding and the succeeding segments, having attached to it not more than one pair of ventral appendages, containing internally not more than one pair of nerve ganglia which supply nerves to the pair of appendages; = somite, arthromere: fusion of segments frequently obscures, as in the head: externally the walls of one segment may be composed of a number of sclerites separated from each other by secondary sutures.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'segment' in Nouns Frequency: #2286

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of segment in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of segment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of segment in a Sentence

  1. Jessica Regan:

    The industrialization of textiles became affordable to a much broader segment of society, retailers of mourning goods developed on a much grander scale and target middle-class consumers taking advantage of these readily available textiles.

  2. William Ma:

    Things we used to take for granted don't exist anymore, right now, we can see all these disruptions along almost every segment of moving cargo in and out of China. Or getting into Europe — I can't get the truck to move across the border.

  3. Yuji Matsumoto:

    The pipe segment is an important profit driver for Nippon Steel.

  4. Alvaro Rodriguez:

    Much more must be done to put an end to these heinous crimes and to protect this vulnerable segment of the population, attacks against people with albinism can never be justified – not by culture, tradition or religion.

  5. Zbigniew Paszkowicz:

    We will be focusing more on the profitability rather then on volumes in the upstream segment.

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