• (British, America) enPR: sĕgʹmənt, IPA: /ˈsɛɡ.mənt/
  • (British) IPA: /sɛɡˈmɛnt/
  • (America) enPR sĕgʹmĕnt, IPA: /ˈsɛɡmɛnt/, /sɛɡˈmɛnt/

segment (plural segments)

  1. A length of some object.
    a segment of rope
  2. 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
  3. (mathematics) A portion.
    1. A straight path between two points that is the shortest distance between them.
    2. (geometry) The part of a circle between its circumference and a chord (usually other than the diameter).
    3. (geometry) The part of a sphere cut off by a plane.
    4. (topology) Any of the pieces that constitute an order tree.
  4. (science) A portion.
    1. (phonology) A discrete unit of speech: a consonant or a vowel.
    2. (botany) A portion of an organ whose cells are derived from a single cell within the primordium from which the organ developed.
      • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page 5:
        In Lejeuneaceae vegetative branches normally originate from the basiscopic basal portion of a lateral segment half, as in the Radulaceae, and the associated leaves, therefore, are quite unmodified.
    3. (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.
  5. (broadcasting) A part of a broadcast program, devoted to a topic.
    The news showed a segment on global warming.
  6. (computing) An Ethernet bus.
  7. (computing) A region of memory or a fragment of an executable file designated to contain a particular part of a program.
  8. (travel) A portion of an itinerary: it may be a flight or train between two cities, or a car or hotel booked in a particular city.
  9. (heraldry) A bearing representing only one part of a rounded object.
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  • seven-segment display
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segment (segments, present participle segmenting; past and past participle segmented)

  1. (ambitransitive) To divide into segments or sections.
    Segment the essay by topic.

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