segmentation meaning

[ ˌ segmən'teiʃən ] Pronunciation:   "segmentation" in a sentence
Noun: segmentation  `segmun'teyshun
  1. (embryology) the repeated division of a fertilised ovum
    - cleavage 
  2. The act of dividing or partitioning; separation by the creation of a boundary that divides or keeps apart
    - division, partition, partitioning, sectionalization, sectionalisation [Brit]

Derived forms: segmentations

See also: segment

Type of: cell division, cellular division, separation

Part of: gestation, maternity, pregnancy

Encyclopedia: Segmentation

noun [U,C]

the act of dividing sth into different parts; one of these parts:

Managers see segmentation as a tool to help marketing.

the segmentation of work


1 : the act or process of dividing into segments; esp : the formation of many cells from a single cell (as in a developing egg)
2 : annular contraction of smooth muscle (as of the intestine) that seems to cut the part affected into segments —compare PERISTALSIS

<networking> (Or "segmentation and reassembly", SAR) Breaking an arbitrary size packet into smaller pieces at the transmitter. This may be necessary because of restrictions in the communications channel or to reduce latency. The pieces are joined back together in the right order at the receiver ("reassembly"). Segmentation may be performed by a router when routing a packet to a network with a smaller maximum packet size.

The term "segmentation" is used in ATM, in TCP/IP, it is called "fragmentation" an is performed at the IP layer before the "fragments" are passed to the transport layer.

See for example ATM forum UNI 4.0 specification.


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  4. segmentation of the market allows the bank to tailor its approach to the customers' requirement.
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