Meaning of SEGMENT in English

SEGMENT

noun , verb

■ noun / ˈsegmənt; NAmE /

1.

a part of sth that is separate from the other parts or can be considered separately :

She cleaned a small segment of the painting.

Lines divided the area into segments.

2.

one of the sections of an orange, a lemon, etc.

—picture at grapefruit

3.

( geometry ) a part of a circle separated from the rest by a single line

—picture at circle

4.

( phonetics ) the smallest speech sound that a word can be divided into

■ verb

/ segˈment/ [ vn ] [ often passive ] ( technical ) to divide sth into different parts :

Market researchers often segment the population on the basis of age and social class.

The worm has a segmented body (= with different sections joined together) .

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WORD ORIGIN

late 16th cent. (as a term in geometry): from Latin segmentum , from secare to cut. The verb dates from the mid 19th cent.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.