Definition of bifurcate in English:



Pronunciation /ˈbʌɪfəkeɪt/
  • Divide into two branches or forks.

    no object ‘just below Cairo the river bifurcates’
    with object ‘the trail was bifurcated by a mountain stream’
    • ‘The branch bifurcating from the lower orifice of the stomach descends to the deep layer of the abdomen.’
    • ‘Features include a two-storey reception hall with domed ceiling, bifurcating staircase, gallery landing and reception rooms with marble fireplaces.’
    • ‘The cars heading down curve slowly, as one watches the flower beds on both sides, not to speak of the stately mansions, condominiums and townhouses that the street bifurcates.’
    • ‘The British Columbia province is distinctively bifurcated into the lush green forests and the dry and arid region.’
    • ‘Where the road bifurcates, keep right as indicated by the signs.’
    • ‘In older embryos, the dorsal branch bifurcates.’
    • ‘The present study is concerned mainly with the delta region, where the river bifurcates into a west and an east channel at the city.’
    • ‘One morning, a village on the periphery of a city wakes up to find itself bifurcated by the construction of a National Highway.’
    • ‘The center rod bifurcates at the top, and one branch joins the adjacent vertical.’
    • ‘The river bifurcates into two streams just prior to emptying into the lake, where they form two deltas.’
    • ‘The quandary bifurcates: one of its branches leads to known resources, the other to unknown ones to be discovered.’
    • ‘The new bill seeks to strengthen the regulatory body by bifurcating it into a tribunal and a regulator.’
    • ‘The eastern fault strand can be traced northward at the surface along the eastern margin of the Ghab basin before bifurcating to the NNE.’
    • ‘Once you step into this massive city that is bifurcated into numerous districts and zones, you will have no snag in getting around.’
    • ‘Like previous chapters, this one is bifurcated into separate, unevenly linked sections on Great Britain and the United States.’
    • ‘At the lower bridge the river bifurcates into two similar size branches.’
    • ‘What's news is how we're bifurcating our attention - splitting it into parts - and how media must now compete for slices of it.’
    • ‘Each bronchus further bifurcates into a series of subdivisions within the lungs.’
    • ‘Other forms have additional spines, or bear bifurcating spines so as to create the appearance externally of additional spines.’
    • ‘And of course there are the times where a debate fragments or polarises, where more than one of these structuring posts occurs roughly simultaneously, or with radically different views - bifurcating any debate.’
    branch, split, divide, subdivide, separate, part, diverge, go in different directions, go separate ways, split in two
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Pronunciation /bʌɪˈfəːkət/
  • Divided into two branches or forks.

    ‘a bifurcate tree’
    • ‘Mycelia shown by confocal microscopy are bifurcate, and do not appear to be epiphytic nor epixylic since they were not found on plant remains.’
    • ‘Medially, it blends with the anterior part of the medial ligament of the ankle joint and, laterally, with the plantar margin of the calcaneonavicular part of the bifurcate ligament.’
    • ‘Processes may be unbranched and taper to slender points, or may be bifurcate, and may additionally have occasional small or incipient branches (often as spinules) along main stem.’
    • ‘The stigmatic branches are less bifurcate.’
    • ‘The ribs are only bifurcate, never trifurcatc.’
    branching, branched, diverging, y-shaped, v-shaped, pronged, divided, split, separated
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Early 17th century: from medieval Latin bifurcat- ‘divided into two forks’, from the verb bifurcare, from Latin bifurcus ‘two-forked’, from bi- ‘having two’ + furca ‘a fork’.