Meaning of SEGMENT in English

SEGMENT

n. & v.

--n.

1. each of several parts into which a thing is or can be divided or marked off.

2 Geom. a part of a figure cut off by a line or plane intersecting it, esp.: a the part of a circle enclosed between an arc and a chord. b the part of a line included between two points. c the part of a sphere cut off by any plane not passing through the centre.

3 the smallest distinct part of a spoken utterance.

4 Zool. each of the longitudinal sections of the body of certain animals (e.g. worms).

--v. usu.

1. intr. & tr. divide into segments.

2 intr. Biol. (of a cell) undergo cleavage or divide into many cells.

Derivatives:

segmental adj. segmentalize v.tr. (also -ise). segmentalization n. segmentally adv. segmentary adj. segmentation n.

Etymology: L segmentum f. secare cut

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.