Definition of bifurcation in US English:



  • 1The division of something into two branches or parts.

    ‘the bifurcation of the profession into social do-gooders and self-serving iconoclasts’
    • ‘One keeps wondering what the author, in his chapter on Mexican-Americans, means by ‘cultural bifurcation.’’
    • ‘But there was a price to be paid, one of fragmentation, or at least bifurcation.’
    • ‘We have had many bifurcations after the revolution in 1979.’
    • ‘It could yet seek to recreate that bifurcation with a ‘business only’ upgrade and give the Home line its own range of updates.’
    • ‘In many ways there was a kind of bifurcation of social history in the field of Latin America.’
    • ‘Both play and opera form an examination of the neurotic bifurcation between fantasy and action.’
    • ‘The Parliament on Tuesday gave its approval for bifurcation of the Trust into two companies.’
    • ‘In this connection, he also reiterated the demand for bifurcation of the Cement Factory from the parent organisation.’
    • ‘In tandem with these developments, however, there emerged a form of bifurcation in the handling of the group as a concept and organisation.’
    • ‘We reject the habitual bifurcation of the researcher's image into ‘the economist’ and ‘the sociologist.’’
    • ‘So we see bifurcation between classical languages used by the former, such as Persian, Sanskrit and English, and the regional languages and dialects that the common folk used.’
    • ‘This cultural bifurcation is aggravated by the fact that between our two warfighting cultures, one human-centric and one technology-centric, the latter currently predominates.’
    • ‘History and textual theory continue to constitute the principal bifurcation in literary studies, and those two methods of inquiry frequently elicit professions of faith rather than reasoned argumentation.’
    • ‘To be sure, each superhero whose life is marked by the invariable bifurcation between ‘secret’ identities inevitably touches down upon the theme of the fractured self and psyche.’
    • ‘The history of playing from 1610 to the closure of 1642 is one of gradual bifurcation into two traditions centred on two types of venue: the open-air amphitheatres and the indoor hall playhouses.’
    • ‘Perhaps this parallel interhuman development, this bifurcation in the value of communication, is most telling.’
    • ‘However, she does not accept his theory of class bifurcation as the sole element in the perpetuation of class bifurcation.’
    • ‘Under conditions of global strategic bifurcation, the old distinctions between civil and international conflict, between internal and external security, and between national and societal security began to erode.’
    • ‘This perceptual bifurcation is anything but a liberal tendency.’
    • ‘Under these conditions, the traditional bifurcation between what a government may lawfully do in peace time, and what powers it may claim in war time, no longer make much sense.’
    separation, dividing, parting, forking, branching
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    1. 1.1 Either of two branches into which something divides.
      ‘right aortic bifurcation nodes were seen’
      • ‘At the park itself my run of bifurcations comes to an end as there are only three gates from which to choose.’
      • ‘It is the most common endobronchial lesion associated with HIV and has a characteristic red or purple macular or papular appearance often located at airway bifurcations.’
      • ‘For this calculation, the polytomies in the tree had to be resolved into bifurcations by introducing minute branch lengths.’
      • ‘As each plant had a bifurcation (two branches), two measurements were obtained per leaf stage for each plant.’
      • ‘Some bifurcations appear to join with those below to form a thin, filamentous network.’
      • ‘A writhing mass of white snow-snakes hissed, crawling from hidden cracks and crevasses in the bifurcations of the cave-rocks.’
      • ‘Damage is greatest in arterial bifurcations, deviations, and constrictions where turbulence is intense.’
      • ‘To simplify the diagram, some nonsignificant bifurcations were removed.’
      • ‘Under constant population size, the most ancient coalescence times tend to be long relative to branches of the tree associated with more recent bifurcations.’
      • ‘Since the gene genealogy is rooted, all the mutations and bifurcations are also time ordered from top to bottom.’
      • ‘They consist of small bifurcations some centimeters in size.’
      • ‘The overall morphology of the colony was not observed, but it is presumed to have been bushy based on the size and shape of the branches and branch bifurcations.’
      • ‘However, it is unclear whether these paired last branches are due to poor preservation or to an original bifurcation.’
      • ‘They give way to secondary branches and multiple bifurcations that reflect the path of dielectric breakdown within the soil-gravel horizon.’
      • ‘We point to the mechanisms resulting in different types of bifurcations and show how they are influenced by noise.’
      • ‘A bifurcation here allows cars to race ahead through another tunnel.’
      • ‘First alveolar duct bifurcations have been shown to be a primary site of deposition for particulate matter and gaseous pollutants.’
      • ‘This mechanism explains primary accumulation features, including the formation of dome structures, the geometrical relationship between bifurcations and domes, and the occurrence of chromitite layers on a variety of scales.’
      • ‘The Northern line, with its bifurcations and branches, is similar.’
      • ‘Note that this is not the complete bifurcation diagram, because bifurcations involving unstable or negative equilibria are not included.’