Ventral segment
Segment Seg"ment, n. [L. segmentum, fr. secare to cut, cut off: cf. F. segment. See {Saw} a cutting instrument.] 1. One of the parts into which any body naturally separates or is divided; a part divided or cut off; a section; a portion; as, a segment of an orange; a segment of a compound or divided leaf. [1913 Webster]

2. (Geom.) A part cut off from a figure by a line or plane; especially, that part of a circle contained between a chord and an arc of that circle, or so much of the circle as is cut off by the chord; as, the segment acb in the Illustration. [1913 Webster]

3. (Mach.) (a) A piece in the form of the sector of a circle, or part of a ring; as, the segment of a sectional fly wheel or flywheel rim. (b) A segment gear. [1913 Webster]

4. (Biol.) (a) One of the cells or division formed by segmentation, as in egg cleavage or in fissiparous cell formation. (b) One of the divisions, rings, or joints into which many animal bodies are divided; a somite; a metamere; a somatome. [1913 Webster]

{Segment gear}, a piece for receiving or communicating reciprocating motion from or to a cogwheel, consisting of a sector of a circular gear, or ring, having cogs on the periphery, or face.

{Segment of a line}, the part of a line contained between two points on it.

{Segment of a sphere}, the part of a sphere cut off by a plane, or included between two parallel planes.

{Ventral segment}. (Acoustics) See {Loor}, n., 5. [1913 Webster]


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  • Ventral segment — Ventral Ven tral, a. [L. ventralis, fr. venter the belly; perhaps akin to G. wanst: cf. F. ventral.] 1. (Anat.) Of, pertaining to, or situated near, the belly, or ventral side, of an animal or of one of its parts; hemal; abdominal; as, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ventral segment — Loop Loop, n. [Cf. Ir. & Gael. lub loop, noose, fold, thong, bend, lub to bend, incline.] 1. A fold or doubling of a thread, cord, rope, etc., through which another thread, cord, etc., can be passed, or which a hook can be hooked into; an eye, as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ventral segment — noun : the portion of a vibrating medium between two successive nodes …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ventral — Ven tral, a. [L. ventralis, fr. venter the belly; perhaps akin to G. wanst: cf. F. ventral.] 1. (Anat.) Of, pertaining to, or situated near, the belly, or ventral side, of an animal or of one of its parts; hemal; abdominal; as, the ventral fin of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ventral fins — Ventral Ven tral, a. [L. ventralis, fr. venter the belly; perhaps akin to G. wanst: cf. F. ventral.] 1. (Anat.) Of, pertaining to, or situated near, the belly, or ventral side, of an animal or of one of its parts; hemal; abdominal; as, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Segment — Seg ment, n. [L. segmentum, fr. secare to cut, cut off: cf. F. segment. See {Saw} a cutting instrument.] 1. One of the parts into which any body naturally separates or is divided; a part divided or cut off; a section; a portion; as, a segment of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Segment gear — Segment Seg ment, n. [L. segmentum, fr. secare to cut, cut off: cf. F. segment. See {Saw} a cutting instrument.] 1. One of the parts into which any body naturally separates or is divided; a part divided or cut off; a section; a portion; as, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Segment of a line — Segment Seg ment, n. [L. segmentum, fr. secare to cut, cut off: cf. F. segment. See {Saw} a cutting instrument.] 1. One of the parts into which any body naturally separates or is divided; a part divided or cut off; a section; a portion; as, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Segment of a sphere — Segment Seg ment, n. [L. segmentum, fr. secare to cut, cut off: cf. F. segment. See {Saw} a cutting instrument.] 1. One of the parts into which any body naturally separates or is divided; a part divided or cut off; a section; a portion; as, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • segment — Division of an appendage [Perez Farfante and Kensley, 1997]. Individual component of crustacean limb connected by movable articulation with adjoining segments. (Syn. podomere (not equivalent to somite, though used by some authors in this sense).… …   Crustacea glossary

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