[noun seg-muh nt; verb seg-ment, seg-ment] /noun ˈsɛg mənt; verb ˈsɛg mɛnt, sɛgˈmɛnt/
one of the parts into which something naturally separates or is divided; a division, portion, or section:
a segment of an orange.
an object, as a machine part, having the form of a segment or sector of a circle.
an arclike support on which the typebars of a typewriter rest when not in use.
verb (used with or without object)
to separate or divide into segments.
one of several parts or sections into which an object is divided; portion
(zoology) any of the parts into which the body or appendages of an annelid or arthropod are divided
(linguistics) a speech sound considered in isolation
to cut or divide (a whole object) into segments
1560s, from Latin segmentum “a strip or piece cut off, a cutting, strips of colored cloth,” from secare “to cut” (see section (n.)), with euphonious alteration of -c- to -g- before -m-. Latin segmentum was used in Medieval Latin as a geometry term, translating Greek tmema, and the word was first picked up in English in this sense. Meaning “segmental portion of anything circular” is from 1640s; general sense of “a division, section” is from 1762.
1859, intransitive, in reference to cell division, from segment (n.). Transitive sense, “divide (something) into segments” is from 1872. Related: Segmented; segmenting.
segment seg·ment (sěg’mənt)
[seg-men-tl] /sɛgˈmɛn tl/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or characterized by or . 2. Linguistics. noting or pertaining to the discrete elements of sequential speech, as consonants and vowels. /sɛɡˈmɛntəl/ adjective 1. of, like, or having the form of a segment 2. divided into segments 3. (linguistics) of, relating to, or constituting an isolable speech […]
[sen-suh-ree] /ˈsɛn sə ri/ adjective 1. of or relating to the or . 2. Physiology. noting a structure for conveying an impulse that results or tends to result in , as a nerve. /ˈsɛnsərɪ/ adjective 1. of or relating to the senses or the power of sensation 2. of or relating to those processes and […]
[in-ter-sep-tl] /ˌɪn tərˈsɛp tl/ adjective 1. situated between septa.
[in-ter-sesh-uh n] /ˈɪn tərˌsɛʃ ən/ noun 1. a period between two academic terms.