segment

A segment is one of several pieces that together create a whole. You could offer a segment of your orange to your girlfriend as a Valentine's Day gift. She’ll probably enjoy the orange, but she may break up with you.

Lots of things can have segments. You can talk about a segment of a talk show, a segment of a sphere, or the segment of students in your high school who want to join the Drama Club — the ones singing and dancing in the cafeteria every day. You can also use segment as a verb: when you chop down that oak tree in your front yard, you have to segment the trunk into smaller pieces for firewood.

Definitions of segment
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n one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object

“finished the final segment of the road”
Synonyms:
section
Types:
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bend, curve
curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.)
dado
the section of a pedestal between the base and the surbase
leaf
hinged or detachable flat section (as of a table or door)
length
a section of something that is long and narrow
straight, straightaway
a straight segment of a roadway or racecourse
subdivision, subsection
a section of a section; a part of a part; i.e., a part of something already divided
blind bend, blind curve
a curve or bend in the road that you cannot see around as you are driving
drop-leaf
a hinged leaf on a table that can be raised and supported by a bracket
elbow
a sharp bend in a road or river
hairpin bend
a U-shaped bend in a road
stretch
a straightaway section of a racetrack
Type of:
part, portion
something less than the whole of a human artifact

n one of the parts into which something naturally divides

“a segment of an orange”
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metamere, somite
one of a series of similar body segments into which some animals are divided longitudinally
sarcomere
one of the segments into which a myofibril is divided
section
a segment of a citrus fruit
internode
a segment of a stem between two nodes
Type of:
part, piece
a portion of a natural object

v divide into segments

segment an orange”
segment a compound word”
Synonyms:
section
Types:
syllabicate, syllabify, syllabise, syllabize
divide into syllables
quarter
divide into quarters
Type of:
divide, part, separate
come apart

v divide or split up

“The cells segmented
Synonyms:
section
divide into segments
Type of:
divide, part, separate
come apart

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