Definitions

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

  • adj. Having or consisting of two parts.
  • adj. Having two corresponding parts, one for each party: a bipartite contract.
  • adj. Having two participants; joint: a bipartite agreement.
  • adj. Botany Divided into two portions almost to the base, as certain leaves.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having two parts.
  • adj. Having two participants; joint.
  • adj. (of leaves) Divided into two at the base.
  • adj. (of graph)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Being in two parts; having two correspondent parts, as a legal contract or writing, one for each party; shared by two.
  • adj. Divided into two parts almost to the base, as a leaf; consisting of two parts or subdivisions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In two parts; having two correspondent parts, as a legal contract or writing, one for each party; duplicate.
  • In botany, divided into two parts nearly to the base, as the leaves of many passion-flowers.
  • In mathematics, containing two separate sets of variable values; made up of two continuous, but non-intersecting, curves.

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

  • adj. involving two parts or elements
  • adj. divided into two portions almost to the base

Etymologies

Latin bipartītus, past participle of bipartīre, to divide into two parts : bi-, two; see bi-1 + partīre, to part (from pars, part-, a share; see perə-2 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin bipartītus ("bisected"), perfect passive participle of bipartiō ("I divide into two parts, bisect"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • The monumental size of Chardin's canvas almost 45 inches by 57½ inches, its bipartite composition and dramatic interplay of contrasting forms and motifs, which echo the prescribed format and thrust of the grand genre of history painting, give "The Ray" both its formal logic and the fractious character that would make it an irresistible model for subsequent artists.

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  • "If any arrangement is agreed, it may be a bipartite or tripartite arrangement with" Ivanhoe and/or Rio Tinto, Rio Tinto added, saying the government of Mongolia would have to support any deal.

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  • And without LEAs, there is no way of making a bipartite or tripartite secondary system work.

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  • His bipartite patella (split knee-cap) is holding up, his private life is settled, his game is synchronised and his opponent has, at least fleetingly here, looked shockingly vulnerable.

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  • No one seems to have acted upon my suggestion in an earlier blog that Major League Baseball and the Players Association create a bipartite Truth and Reconciliation Commission to clean up those aging matters.

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  • We request the wise duo to come clean and facilitate an honest bipartite negotiation.

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  • All voices respect to some degree the bipartite structure of the psalm verses.

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  • Recently, the State Labour Minister, T M Anbarasan informed the Assembly, following the efforts of labour department, 904 workmen had returned to work by accepting the bipartite settlement with MRF workers welfare union.

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