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1each of the parts into which something is or may be divided. a portion of time allocated to a particular broadcast item on radio or television. a separate broadcast item, typically one of a number that make up a particular program. Phonetics the smallest distinct part of a spoken utterance, in particular the vowels and consonants as opposed to stress and intonation. Zoology each of the series of similar anatomical units of which the body and appendages of some animals are composed, such as the visible rings of an earthworm’s body. 2 Geometry a part of a figure cut off by a line or plane intersecting it, in particular. the part of a circle enclosed between an arc and a chord. the part of a line included between two points. the part of a sphere cut off by any plane not passing through the center.
verb [with object]
divide (something) into separate parts or sections:the unemployed are segmented into two groups [no object] divide into separate parts or sections:the market is beginning to segment into a number of well-defined categories [no object] Embryology (of a cell) undergo cleavage; divide into many cells.