Definition of bipartite in English:



  • 1Involving or made by two separate parties.

    ‘a bipartite agreement’
    • ‘With the new law, both employers and workers will be allowed to go to government mediators, conciliators or arbitrators within 30 days if they fail to resolve a dispute at the bipartite level.’
    • ‘What however the agreement failed to reflect was that the partnership was tripartite and that Mr. Kemp's earlier efforts had been bipartite.’
    • ‘He pointed out that our bipartite collaboration on the worm was exceptional among genome sequencing projects in its success and lack of friction.’
    • ‘Initially, the Labour Party had been prepared to give the bipartite system its chance.’
    • ‘I have a bipartite response to that question, the first reason being that Rimbaud, in his work and in his life, was perhaps the first truly modern poet.’
    • ‘Its famous mad scene apart, Lucia is surprisingly Classical, based on a succession of conventional (if beautifully conceived) double arias and bipartite duets.’
    • ‘The empiricist has written: bipartite divisions are false.’
    • ‘While it is unlikely that a free trade area will be set up between the two nations, the deal is likely to see formal ties of bipartite trade.’
    • ‘To be sure, even an undiscriminating bipartite mechanism may produce a belief that, luckily, is true; but there will be other, counterfactual, situations in which such a belief would be false.’
    • ‘It is remarkable that other items of clothing which also have a prominent bipartite structure are named by singular nouns (pullover, bra), as are items which actually consist of distinct parts (suit, bikini).’
    • ‘A dictatorship is much more sensitive to the frailties of its leader than a bipartite or tripartite system.’
    • ‘This is a pretty clear illustration of the bipartite nature of the political blogosphere in the United States, a country which has been divided by politics for decades already.’
    • ‘There are different types of guarantees, such as bipartite and tripartite guarantees, continuing and limited guarantees and demand guarantees.’
    • ‘When our early medieval documents begin again in the eighth century, however, bipartite divisions are commonly referred to.’
    • ‘This is the essence of Mark Rose's bipartite definition of intellectual property: copyright came to serve as both a form of economic property and a guarantee of moral propriety.’
    • ‘The Council is a bipartite chamber of representatives from business and organized labour, dedicated to reaching an Irish-style labour accord.’
    • ‘But an ‘Ivy League’ plus the rest sounds uncomfortably like the old bipartite system of grammar and secondary moderns, and it would need careful handling to avoid creating a political backlash.’
    • ‘In the case of cashcards, which involve bipartite agreements, and of electronic purses which are treated like cash, the last problem is inapplicable.’
    • ‘The discussion on spirituality and office is bipartite, centered first on ways in which the office can be spun out in daily life and secondly on the Lord's Prayer as paradigmatic prayer.’
    • ‘He traces the inception, and to some extent the dissemination, of the bipartite rural estate to the designs of the Carolingians.’
  • 2Consisting of two parts.

    ‘a bipartite uterus’
    • ‘It becomes clear fairly quickly once you start playing with examples that the thing to do is create some kind of bipartite graph, where the left side is the ‘bad answer’ and the right side is the ‘good answer’.’
    • ‘A red-blue matching is the geometric analogue of bipartite matching in graphs; match up red and blue vertices in pairs to minimize the total cost (= sum of distances).’
    • ‘Also in 1975 Chung published her first joint paper with Ron Graham On multicolor Ramsey numbers for complete bipartite graphs which appeared in the Journal of Combinatorial Theory.’
    • ‘König's work on the factorisation of bipartite graphs relates closely to the marriage problem of Philip Hall.’
    • ‘Most coral reef fishes have a bipartite life cycle, with a dispersing pelagic larval phase and a relatively sedentary reef resident phase.’


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘divided into two parts’): from Latin bipartitus, past participle of bipartire, from bi- ‘two’ + partire ‘to part’.