Meaning of SEGMENT in English
noun , verb
■ noun / ˈsegmənt; NAmE /
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.
one of the sections of an orange, a lemon, etc.
—picture at grapefruit
( geometry ) a part of a circle separated from the rest by a single line
—picture at circle
( phonetics ) the smallest speech sound that a word can be divided into
/ 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) .
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. 2005