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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1740, an instruction in musical scores, from Italian segue, literally "now follows," meaning to play into the following movement without a break, third person singular of seguire "to follow," from Latin sequi "to follow," from PIE *sekw- (1) "to follow" (see sequel). Extended noun sense of "transition without a break" is from 1937; the verb in this sense is first recorded 1958.


n. An instance of segueing, a transition. vb. 1 To move smoothly from one state or subject to another. 2 (context music English) To make a smooth transition from one theme to another. 3 (context of a disk jockey English) To play a sequence of records with no talk between them.


v. proceed without interruption; in music or talk; "He segued into another discourse"

  1. Redirect Sloan Digital Sky Survey#Sloan Extension for Galactic Understanding and Exploration (SEGUE)
Segue (album)

Segue is a compilation album by the Canadian rock band Chilliwack released in 1983. It includes songs released throughout the band's career up to that point, as well as a preview of two tunes that would later appear (in slightly different versions) on the band's next album, Look In Look Out, released the following year.

The album was later re-released as Chilliwack's Greatest Hits, although the two new tracks were presented in their Look In Look Out versions, and several other tracks that appeared in single versions on Segue were featured in their full-length album versions on the later compilation.

Segue (disambiguation)

Segue may refer to:

  • Segue, a smooth transition or spin-off from one topic or section to the next
  • Segue, Mali, a small town in Mali
  • Segue (band), an American rock band
  • SEGUE, Sloan Extension for Galactic Understanding and Exploration
Segue galaxies

small satellite galaxies (or star clusters) of the Milky Way galaxy

  • Segue 1
  • Segue 2
  • Segue 3

Usage examples of "segue".

I segued into the second movement, that sense of bright expectation replaced by the slow, haunting strains of the Adagio, at once lyrical and sad -- mirroring the turns my own life had taken, the shifting harmonies sounding to me like the raised voices of ghosts, of echoes.

Because I was seeking a particular thickspace in which to trap Soli, we segued into the manifold near Darrein Luz.

To an unschooled observer, Abe Sapien appears to segue into a coma state, respirating less than one breath per minute through the delicate lamellae of his gillwork.

Well, in a segue, someone, or something, matches up a piece of the Otherside to this reality and blends them together until enough of the copy occupies the space of the original whereupon the copy takes over.

I wobbled to the kerb and cut the motor just as Television segued into Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, and cracked the last can of lager.

Tablas, tambouras, and a bowed string bass join the guitar, and they segue into an energetic interplay around a minor seventh that keeps trying, fruitlessly, to find resolution in the sixth.

I penetrated the Blastula and segued to the thickspace at its nearly hollow center.

Although she enjoyed the scenery to the south, that breathtaking panorama in which forest segued to desert canyon land and the horizon was so far away that you could see the curve of the earth, in truth she preferred the view to the north, and it was when she was walking up the bill, facing the heavily wooded plateau directly behind Bonita Vista, that she felt most at home, that she felt a part of this place.

Honor felt her own chuckles segueing into full-bodied laughter, and gave Bethany a quick squeeze and stepped back.

She could feel him drawing breath while at the same time assembling cusswords for a right royal thundering - and then he remembered he was playing Sergeant Big Jolly Fat Man, and this was not the time to segue into Sergeant Incandescent.

In commotion, voicing their displeasure, the last stragglers entered the room in a cloud of ambiguous smoke, the heavy jade-inlaid doors swung shut and were locked, the houselights were dimmed, the music track segued to romantic disco, the comic took the mike, and the auction was on.

ITU, its behavior becomes even more remarkable, as it segues into infrared, then visible light, then ultraviolet, Xrays, gamma rays, and cosmic rays.

He walked up, made small talk, commented on the beauty of the sunset, and then, gallantly, segued into the beauty of her face.

Dan laughed at me, then segued into a big yawn, which made me yawn and reminded me of just how long this day had been.

She clung to his shoulder as the tempo seemed to increase, segueing into another dance.