from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A development or consequence growing out of and sometimes complicating a problem, plan, or statement: the ramifications of a court decision.
- n. The act or process of branching out or dividing into branches.
- n. A subordinate part extending from a main body; a branch.
- n. An arrangement of branches or branching parts.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A branching-out, the act or result of developing branches; specifically the divergence of the stem and limbs of a plant into smaller ones, or of similar developments in blood vessels, anatomical structures etc.
- n. An offshoot of a decision, fact etc.; a consequence or implication, especially one which complicates a situation.
- n. An arrangement of branches.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The process of branching, or the development of branches or offshoots from a stem; also, the mode of their arrangement.
- n. A small branch or offshoot proceeding from a main stock or channel.
- n. A division into principal and subordinate classes, heads, or departments; also, one of the subordinate parts.
- n. The production of branchlike figures.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or process of ramifying, or the state of being ramified; a branching out; division into branches, or into divergent lines, courses, or parts, as of trees or plants, blood-vessels, a mountain-chain, a topic or subject, etc.
- n. The manner or result of ramifying or branching; that which is ramified or divided into branches; a set of branches: as, the ramification of a coral; the ramifications of an artery or a nerve; the ramifications of the capillaries, or of nerves in an insect's wing. See cuts under Dendrocæla and embryology
- n. In botany, the branching, or the manner of branching, of stems and roots.
- n. One of the branches or divergent lines or parts into which anything is divided; a division or subdivision springing or derived from a main stem or source: as, the ramifications of a conspiracy; to pursue a subjeet in all its ramifications.
- n. The production of figures resembling branches.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a development that complicates a situation
- n. the act of branching out or dividing into branches
- n. an arrangement of branching parts
- n. a part of a forked or branching shape
From Middle French ramification, or its source, the participle stem of Latin ramificare. (Wiktionary)