from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To have complicating consequences or outgrowths: The problem merely ramified after the unsuccessful meeting.
- intransitive v. To send out branches or subordinate branchlike parts.
- transitive v. To divide into or cause to extend in branches or subordinate branchlike parts.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To divide into branches or subdivisions.
- v. To spread or diversify into multiple fields or categories.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To divide into branches or subdivisions.
- intransitive v. To shoot, or divide, into branches or subdivisions, as the stem of a plant.
- intransitive v. To be divided or subdivided, as a main subject.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To form branches; shoot into branches, as the stem of a plant, or anything analogous to it; branch out.
- To diverge in various ways or to different points; stretch out in different lines or courses; radiate.
- To divide into branches or parts; extend in different lines or directions.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork
- v. have or develop complicating consequences
- v. grow and send out branches or branch-like structures
Middle English ramifien, to branch out, from Old French ramifier, from Medieval Latin rāmificāre : Latin rāmus, branch; see wrād- in Indo-European roots + Latin -ficāre, -fy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French ramifier, from Medieval Latin *ramificare ("to branch, ramify"), from Latin rāmus ("a branch") + faciō ("do, make"). (Wiktionary)