bi·​fur·​cat·​ed | \ ˈbī-(ˌ)fər-ˌkā-təd How to pronounce bifurcated (audio) , bī-ˈfər-\

Definition of bifurcated

: divided into two branches or parts This near-earth asteroid appears as a bifurcated structure, consisting of two distinct lobes that seem to be in contact.— Richard P. Binzel et al. The town is a bifurcated community—two distinct communities in one, really.— Dennis Farney … the strange bifurcated world of whiteness and blackness in which I was born and reared.— William Styron

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Outside of the bifurcated schedule that arose from the 1981 player strike, there has been just one team — the 2001 Braves (40-41) — who made the playoffs with a sub-.500 home record. Alex Speier,, "Breaking down a bizarre first half for the Red Sox," 10 July 2019 Adding insult to injury, Hartford has the state’s only bifurcated property-tax system, in which commercial property owners pay a higher tax rate than residential homeowners. Greg Bordonaro,, "Hartford’s stifling property taxes make it difficult for businesses to prosper — and remain in the city," 7 July 2019 However, one thing in common between the two computers’ software was their basic bifurcated structure. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "No, a “checklist error” did not almost derail the first moon landing," 5 July 2019 Kloepher enlisted the help of Cooper Sallade, a respected viper breeder in Richmond, who agreed to raise the bifurcated snake on a strictly confidential basis. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "The Life and Viral Fame of Virginia's Two-Headed Snake," 13 June 2019 So the likeliest way forward may be a bifurcated path. Elijah Wolfson, Time, "CBD Is Already Everywhere. How Will the Government Handle It?," 6 June 2019 Confidence: Medium The weekend is somewhat bifurcated with a very warm and wet start and a cold finish. Matt Rogers, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Icy and slick this morning before the long-awaited thaw begins," 9 Jan. 2018 His phone is actually a tool for this bifurcated reality of his life. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Miranda July Talks #MeToo, Tech, and Joanie4Jackie," 16 Oct. 2018 Given that virtually all the world’s biggest tech companies hail from either the United States or China, the global economy could suffer a major setback if the sides can’t cooperate, leading to a bifurcated market. David Pierson,, "Facebook's tie-up with Chinese smartphone giant Huawei makes a bad situation worse," 6 June 2018

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1853, in the meaning defined above

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