bifurcation

noun
bi·​fur·​ca·​tion | \ ˌbī-(ˌ)fər-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce bifurcation (audio) \

Definition of bifurcation

1a : the point or area at which something divides into two branches or parts : the point at which bifurcating occurs Inflammation may occlude the bifurcation of the trachea.
b : branch
2 : the state of being divided into two branches or parts : the act of bifurcating

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Examples of bifurcation in a Sentence

a thoughtful book about the nation's bifurcation into two distinct and antagonistic cultures a divisive issue that caused the bifurcation of the political party
Recent Examples on the Web The end result would be equipment bifurcation, with recreational players using different clubs than the pros use. Dave Shedloski, WSJ, 16 June 2022 As the economic bifurcation in the U.S. continues unabated, retailing is reacting and adjusting. Sanford Stein, Forbes, 2 May 2022 The resulting market bifurcation would then motivate more independent entrepreneurs to launch unique models like Auto Spa Bistro to compete. Mike Jordan, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2022 Last week, the mother of four, who filed for divorce in February 2021, gained a victory in her divorce proceedings when a judge granted her request to be legally single during a bifurcation hearing last Tuesday. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, 9 Mar. 2022 Kardashian, represented in person by lawyer Laura Wasser, appeared at a bifurcation hearing via videoconference. Diana Dasrath, NBC News, 2 Mar. 2022 The judge's move, known as bifurcation, allows a person amid a complicated divorce to become legally single while issues of child custody and property are worked out. Andrew Dalton, USA TODAY, 2 Mar. 2022 Without delving too deeply into the science behind the mathematics (see here for details), the bifurcation process is based on thermodynamic principles based on energy levels. John Prisco, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 The system shifts from non-chaotic to chaotic behaviors through a cascade of bifurcation points. Quanta Magazine, 11 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bifurcation

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bifurcation

see bifurcate

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The first known use of bifurcation was in 1615

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26 Jun 2022

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“Bifurcation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bifurcation. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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