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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To separate or isolate from others or from a main body or group. See Synonyms at isolate.
  • transitive v. To impose the separation of (a race or class) from the rest of society.
  • intransitive v. To become separated from a main body or mass.
  • intransitive v. To practice a policy of racial segregation.
  • intransitive v. Genetics To undergo genetic segregation.
  • adj. Separated; isolated.
  • n. One that is or has been segregated.
  • n. Genetics See segregant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Separate; select.
  • adj. Separated from others of the same kind.
  • v. To separate, used especially of social policies that directly or indirectly keep races or ethnic groups apart.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Separate; select.
  • adj. Separated from others of the same kind.
  • transitive v. To separate from others; to set apart.
  • intransitive v. To separate from a mass, and collect together about centers or along lines of fracture, as in the process of crystallization or solidification.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To separate or detach from the others, or from the rest; cut off or separate from the main body; separate.
  • Specifically
  • In zoology, to set apart or dissociate (the members of a group): as, species segregated under another genus; faunal regions of the sea segregated from those of the land in zoögeography.
  • In geology, to separate out from the mass of a rock, as in the case of certain accumulations, pockets, or nodules of metalliferous ore, or of mineral matter in general, which appear from the phenomena which they present to have been gradually separated out or segregated from the adjacent rock by molecular action.
  • To separate or go apart; specifically, in crystallography, to separate from a mass and collect about centers or lines of fracture.
  • Apart from others; separated; set apart; separate; select.
  • In zoology, simple or solitary; not aggregate, compound, colonial, or social; specifically, pertaining to the Segregata.
  • n. In mathematics, one of an asyzygetic system of covariants of a given degorder, capable of expressing in their linear functions with numerical coefficients all other covariants of the same degorder.
  • To separate into dominants, recessives, and hybrids, in conformity to a numerical law: said of the descendants of Mendelian hybrids.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. separate or isolate (one thing) from another and place in a group apart from others
  • n. someone who is or has been segregated
  • v. divide from the main body or mass and collect
  • v. separate by race or religion; practice a policy of racial segregation

Etymologies

Latin sēgregāre, sēgregāt- : sē-, apart; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots + grex, greg-, flock; see ger- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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