bi·​mod·​al (ˌ)bī-ˈmō-dᵊl How to pronounce bimodal (audio)
: having or relating to two modes
especially : having or occurring with two statistical modes
bimodality noun

Examples of bimodal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nabro is a bimodal volcano that erupts hot and runny basalt as well as sticky rhyolite, so this eruption was much more passive than previous ones at this large caldera volcano. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 19 Nov. 2019 This is another example of the bimodal character of the East African Rift -- a lot of close volcanoes erupting low silica basalt or high-silica rhyolite and not a lot in between. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 19 Nov. 2019 In this case the crosses exhibited a bimodal distribution in response to chemical signals; a tendency toward one morph or the other (wild type or loss of dauer mutant). Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 19 Aug. 2011 The win here in terms of accessibility is bimodal sensory input. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 8 June 2022 As before, the latter offers a bimodal choice of display: with a map or without. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 11 Mar. 2022 Beyond the obvious accessibility ramifications captions have for the deaf and hard-of-hearing population, captioning also has benefit for its bimodal sensory input. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 Popescu grimly describes people’s post-inoculation behavior as almost bimodal—super strict or loose, with practically no in-between. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 4 Apr. 2021 Finally, the bimodal model will be implemented in lab classes or in lectures where the number of students is low enough for everyone to be spaced 6 feet apart in accordance with government guidelines for limiting the spread of the virus. Carissa Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, 21 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bimodal was in 1903

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“Bimodal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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