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

  • 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.
  • transitive v. To divide into branches or subdivisions.

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


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

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French ramifier, from Medieval Latin *ramificare ("to branch, ramify"), from Latin rāmus ("a branch") + faciō ("do, make").


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