Definition of segment in English:
Pronunciation: /ˈseɡmənt /
1Each of the parts into which something is or may be divided.
- Its genome is made up of 100 million bases divided into six segments, or chromosomes.
- In many of the others, the spaces are divided into segments, more or less corresponding to the different generations.
- Segmentation means dividing memory into several segments and accessing memory by both segment pointer and offset.
1.1A portion of time allocated to a particular broadcast item on radio or television.
- The press no longer thinks yellow ribbons and support for soldiers is worthy of a few paragraphs or a segment on the ten o'clock news.
- From the top of the hour news items on Today and 30-second segments on CNN, to the rotating videos, images of the deceased permeate.
- There are two things that fill a newspaper or the news segment on TV or radio: news and advertising.
1.2A separate broadcast item, typically one of a number that make up a particular program.
- There are a lot of short interview segments on this disc.
- Each title has an interview segment featuring either the star or director or both.
- The disclaimer is displayed at the end of the segment featuring Amina and her mother.
1.3 Phonetics The smallest distinct part of a spoken utterance, in particular the vowels and consonants as opposed to stress and intonation.
- This sound cue, which lasts for one-tenth to one-fifth of a second, marks the transition from a consonant sound to a speech segment beginning with a vowel.
- There may certainly be independent grounds for categorizing segments as vowels or consonants, in terms of their inherent sonority and phonological dependence, for example.
- A synthesized speech segment sounds exactly the way the term suggests: synthetic.
1.4 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.
- Unlike the agnostids, polymerid trilobites typically have more than two or three thoracic segments, and the pygidium is usually smaller than the cephalon.
- The ventral branchial arch segments of placoderms are so poorly known that nothing useful can be said.
- They have a number of body segments (known as somites), which are sometimes fused to form rigid areas, or are free but linked to each other by flexible areas.
2 Geometry A part of a figure cut off by a line or plane intersecting it, in particular.
- The main purpose of the work is to investigate the volume of segments of these three-dimensional figures.
- For example, when we start with a hexagon, the final shape may be a segment, a triangle, or another hexagon.
2.1The part of a circle enclosed between an arc and a chord.
- He found the length of an arc of the cycloid using an exhaustion proof based on dissections to reduce the problem to summing segments of chords of a circle which are in geometric progression.
- This he affected by circumscribing a semicircle about an isosceles right-angled triangle and a segment of a circle similar to those cut off by the sides.
- It is assumed that the unsupported outer border of the pouch deforms into a segment of a circle and that the material does not stretch much.
2.2The part of a line included between two points.
- We can mark a point on the side that divides it into segments of length a and b.
- Given the way that we have defined line segments, a great circle makes a good definition of a straight line.
- Two similar problems were to trisect an angle and to produce a line segment whose square has the same area as that of a given circle.
2.3The part of a sphere cut off by any plane not passing through the center.
- As in the treatment of Siegel, lipid monolayers in the intermediates are assumed to form surfaces that are segments of spheres or of spherical torroids.
- Using a different approach, Archimedes found the surface area of a sphere, and the surface area of any segment of a sphere.
Pronunciation: /ˈseɡmənt , seɡˈment /[with object] Back to top
1Divide (something) into separate parts or sections: the unemployed are segmented into two groups
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- The course is segmented into six different sections.
- The muscles of the body are segmented into blocks called myotomes.
- This will also allow companies to segment product lines in the manufacturing process with secure and non-secure versions.
1.1 [no object] Divide into separate parts or sections: the market is beginning to segment into a number of well-defined categories
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- If the bulbs have segmented into cloves which can be separated, it is time to harvest.
- As the educated class has grown, it has segmented.
- Would they factionalise and segment, or unify?
late 16th century (as a term in geometry): from Latin segmentum, from secare 'to cut'. The verb dates from the mid 19th century.
- Example sentences
- Unconstrained by male segmentary politics, their differential affinity blurred lines of emnity, producing the prospect of continuing reconciliation.
- In Somali society, the segmentary lineage system allows subdivisions of six or more levels of identity, with migration decisions often taken at the sixth level.
- Although political affiliation is fluid and shifts with changing circumstances, segmentary kinship guarantees every individual basic rights in a wider kinship network.
- Example sentences
- I wonder if one implication for these schisms is the segmentation of the design press.
- To a large extent the former can be reasonably assessed through segmentation and underwriting.
- The segmentation of the past provides a way of packaging experience.
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