One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[NO OBJECT]technical, formal
1Form branches or offshoots; branch out.‘an elaborate system of canals was built, ramifying throughout the UK’
branch, split, divide, subdivide, separate, part, diverge, go in different directions, go separate ways, bifurcate, split in twoView synonyms
- ‘The weblike character of the text means that each datum will ramify in implications throughout.’
- ‘This is because the organization of the economy has a series of effects which ramify through the society.’
- ‘It then ramifies, or grows in a similar manner to a root system through the host, centering on the digestive system.’
- ‘It ramifies almost from the base, can grow 1-3 m high and may reach 3 m in diameter.’
- ‘It is hard to trace Steve's contributions in a linear fashion, because his work has ramified in so many directions.’
- 1.1often as adjective ramifiedwith object Cause to branch out.‘a ramified genealogical network’
- ‘Some sources say that the ties linking the two families were deep and ramified.’
- ‘Frequently, the sewerage, water supply, as well as heat supply system is a concealed but quite ramified network existing several meters below the earth surface.’
- ‘This makes it possible to build a sufficiently ramified network with the use of a variety of special devices.’
- ‘Highly ramified issues of land ownership are confounding attempts either to relocate villages or to rebuild in the same places.’
- ‘The first three parts of the book, up to page 116, lay the groundwork, drawing on psychology, sociology, and anthropology to elaborate the incredibly rich and ramified concept of the trickster and its relation to the paranormal.’
Late Middle English: from Old French ramifier, from medieval Latin ramificare, from Latin ramus ‘branch’.
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