from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Divided or dividing into two parts or classifications.
- adj. Characterized by dichotomy.
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- adj. Dividing or branching into two pieces.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Regularly dividing by pairs from bottom to top.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or consisting of a pair or pairs; divided into two, or having a dual arrangement or order.
- Specifically— In botany, regularly dividing by pairs from below upward; two-forked: as, a dichotomous stem. A good example of a dichotomous stem is furnished by the mistletoe. See cut under dichotomy.
- In zoology:
- Branching by pairs; biramous; bifurcate; forked: as, the dichotomous division of a deer's antlers; the dichotomous foot of a crustacean.
- Distichous; bifarious; two-rowed or two-ranked; parted in the middle: as, the dichotomous hairs of a squirrel's tail.
- In classification, binary; dual; arranged in two ranks or series; opposed by pairs, as a set of characters, or a number of objects characterized by dichotomization. Also dichotomic.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. divided or dividing into two sharply distinguished parts or classifications
Squidward, doomed and dichotomous, is the permanent foil.
The word "dichotomous" suggests disparate elements or opposing forces-as in male/female, the variety of ways tension is expressed in relationships, and the seemingly disparate disciplines of dance and technology that may not be so far apart after all.
Olbermann went as far as to describe Obama's parsing as "dichotomous", an adjective of the noun dichotomy of which I was previously unaware.
Their reasoning was based on the difference between what they call "dichotomous" diseases, like cancer, and diseases that exist on a continuum, like diabetes.
One type of closed-ended question is a "dichotomous" question Page 9
So, we need to move away from this kind of dichotomous, absolutist language and towards something that just reflects where people are in this country.
'dichotomous' or 'bifurcate' method, and exemplified by the so-called
"dichotomous" business, I would, but I can't, so I won't.
Furthermore, that dichotomous distinction is by no means fair: more than 50 non–Annex I countries now have higher per capita incomes than the poorest of the Annex I countries.
And while it is true that national politics is a near hopeless mixture of dichotomous perspectives and outright corruption, the realm of local politics offers a real possibility to effect change.