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dichotomy


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dichotomy  \Di*chot"o*my\,  n.  [Gr.  ?,  fr  ?:  cf  F.  dichotomie. 
  See  {Dichotomous}.] 
  1.  A  cutting  in  two  a  division. 
 
  A  general  breach  or  dichotomy  with  their  church. 
  --Sir  T. 
  Browne. 
 
  2.  Division  or  distribution  of  genera  into  two  species; 
  division  into  two  subordinate  parts 
 
  3.  (Astron.)  That  phase  of  the  moon  in  which  it  appears 
  bisected,  or  shows  only  half  its  disk,  as  at  the 
  quadratures. 
 
  4.  (Biol.)  Successive  division  and  subdivision,  as  of  a  stem 
  of  a  plant  or  a  vein  of  the  body,  into  two  parts  as  it 
  proceeds  from  its  origin;  successive  bifurcation. 
 
  5.  The  place  where  a  stem  or  vein  is  forked. 
 
  6.  (Logic)  Division  into  two  especially,  the  division  of  a 
  class  into  two  subclasses  opposed  to  each  other  by 
  contradiction,  as  the  division  of  the  term  man  into  white 
  and  not  white. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dichotomy 
  n  1:  classification  into  two  opposed  parts:  "the  dichotomy 
  between  eastern  and  western  culture" 
  2:  a  sorting  of  a  class  of  things  into  two  mutually  exclusive 
  subclasses 




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