Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A forking or division into two branches; separation into two parts or things; in optics, same as double refraction. See refraction.
- n. A point at which forking occurs; one or both of the bifurcating parts.
- n. Specifically, in geography, the division of a stream into two parts, each of which connects with a different river system: as, the bifurcation of the upper Orinoco.
- n. biology A division into two branches.
- n. by extension Any place where one thing divides into two.
- n. The act of bifurcating; branching or dividing in two.
- n. Either of the forks or other branches resultant from such a division.
- n. geography A place where two roads, tributaries etc. part or meet.
- n. nautical The point where a channel divides when proceeding from seaward.
- n. mathematics The change in the qualitative or topological structure of a given family as decribed by bifurcation theory.
- n. computer science A command that executes one block or other of commands depending the result of a condition.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A forking, or division into two branches.
- n. the place where something divides into two branches
- n. the act of splitting into two branches
- n. a bifurcating branch (one or both of them)
- From bifurcate + -ion. (Wiktionary)
“[Footnote: Some geographical writers apply the term bifurcation exclusively to this intercommunication of rivers; others, with more etymological propriety, use it to express the division of great rivers into branches at the head of their deltas.”
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“The dôm palm must bifurcate, for bifurcation is the law of its being; but I could never discover whether there was any fixed limit to the number of stems into which it might subdivide.”
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