bi·​fur·​cat·​ed ˈbī-(ˌ)fər-ˌkā-təd How to pronounce bifurcated (audio)
: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The movie’s bifurcated shape isn’t novel, but Poitras’s marshaling of all this information is exceptionally graceful. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2022 Graham Thompson, a native Chicagoan and the owner of Optimo, a store that sells high-end hats manufactured on the South Side, is straddling both sides of a bifurcated downtown. Campbell Robertson, New York Times, 30 Oct. 2022 The blood inside him is a bifurcated stream pumping to his heart and his groin. Oliver Munday, The Atlantic, 15 Oct. 2022 This includes the Spousal Support and Attorney Fees issue, along with the bifurcated Validity of Premarital Agreement proceeding. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 29 Sep. 2022 Critics have said that this bifurcated process is inefficient and allows spaceports to be built and then not used. Denise Chow, NBC news, 2 Sep. 2022 The bifurcated economy, and the policy decisions that stem from it, could become a double whammy for them, inflicting higher costs today and unemployment tomorrow. New York Times, 8 Aug. 2022 The reason for this bifurcated strategy is that the high amount (from the primary earner) will be collected for as long as either one of you is alive, while the low amount will be collected for a much shorter time. William Baldwin, Forbes, 20 Mar. 2022 The latter is given by taking a small amount of virus in liquid and poking it into the skin with a specialized bifurcated needle. Mark Kortepeter, Forbes, 26 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bifurcated was in 1853

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“Bifurcated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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