Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. Music To make a transition directly from one section or theme to another.
  • intransitive v. To move smoothly and unhesitatingly from one state, condition, situation, or element to another: "Daylight segued into dusk” ( Susan Dworski).
  • n. An act or instance of segueing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To move smoothly from one state or subject to another.
  • v. To make a smooth transition from one theme to another.
  • v. To play a sequence of records with no talk between them.
  • n. An instance of segueing, a transition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In music, same as attacca.

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

  • v. proceed without interruption; in music or talk
  • n. the act of changing smoothly from one state or situation to another

Etymologies

From Italian, there follows, third-person sing. present tense of seguire, to follow, from Vulgar Latin *sequere, from Latin sequī; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian seguire, "to follow", from Latin sequor; originally a musical term. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Last night we watched Star Trek: Nemesis (look, just because the segue is invisible doesn't mean it's not there, all right?), and the thing that just baffled me was that the guy they had playing the younger clone of Jean-Luc Picard sounded nothing like Patrick Stewart.

    Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway

  • It was a bit of a segue from the biblical relics and arcane artifacts of what made it great before.

    If I had written...Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

  • So I just wanted to make sure: did the canned musical accompaniment to the fireworks really segue from the usual unmitigated country-pop crap to a somewhat clumsy edit of Pavarotti singing "Nessun dorma," and then to the finale of Mahler 1?

    Proof through the night

  • Nick Cave - Cannibal's Hymn (which follows a near-perfect segue from the previous song, to make up for the awkwardness of the Decemberists song)

    Dru Blood - I believe in the inherent goodness of all beings: December 2005 Archives

  • The other thing is I like to give the audience a sort of vestibule to the film where they can segue from the outside world and getting popcorn and getting to the seats and stuff to getting into the film.

    Current Movie Reviews, Independent Movies - Film Threat

  • Though the first several scenes are very heavy in this style, the film transitions into a full cinematic story, though the segue is done in an incredibly non-jarring way, maintaining that sense of realism throughout the film’s near two hour run-time.

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  • Let me guess...the segue was the Moses parting the red sea cake, right?

    What About Spongebob?

  • A segue is a smooth transition from one song to another, like side two of Abbey Road A medley is a jumbled assortment, like Jive Bunny or Stars on 45.

    Crawling From The Wreckage

  • I suspected the segue was another shot at a foot in my door.

    206 BONES

  • I wanted to buy one, but I figured that if I were going to pay more than $500 for a segway, I would want the one that allowed me to get from conversations about the birds and the bees to conversations about anything else, such as how I was misspelling "segue" in order to make that joke.

    Bad Segway

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  • עבר ברצף ובאופן חלק (מקטע מוזיקלי אחד לשני, משלב לשלב, מנושא לנושא וכדומה)
    Daily show wiki entry

    July 16, 2010

  • a non-sensible leap of logic regarding yardsticks and logs in the fireplace.

    February 12, 2009

  • See segway for a related discussion.

    March 12, 2008