dichotomous definition

  • adjective:
    • Divided or dividing into two components or classifications.
    • described as dichotomy.
    • Dividing or branching into two pieces.
    • Regularly dividing by sets from base to top.
    • divided or dividing into two greatly distinguished parts or classifications
    • Divided or dividing into two parts or classifications.
    • Characterized by dichotomy.
    • Dividing or branching into two pieces.
    • Frequently dividing by sets from base to top.
    • divided or dividing into two sharply distinguished components or classifications
  • others:
    • related to or comprising some or pairs; divided in to two, or having a dual arrangement or order.
    • Specifically— In botany, regularly dividing by pairs from below upward; two-forked: as, a dichotomous stem. A good example of a dichotomous stem is furnished by the mistletoe. See cut under dichotomy.
    • In zoology:
    • Branching by sets; biramous; bifurcate; forked: as, the dichotomous division of a deer's antlers; the dichotomous foot of a crustacean.
    • Distichous; bifarious; two-rowed or two-ranked; parted at the center: as, the dichotomous hairs of a squirrel's tail.
    • In classification, binary; dual; organized in two ranks or series; opposed by sets, as a set of figures, or several objects characterized by dichotomization. In addition dichotomic.
    • with respect to or composed of some or pairs; divided in to two, or having a dual arrangement or purchase.
    • Specifically— In botany, regularly dividing by pairs from below upward; two-forked: as, a dichotomous stem. A good example of a dichotomous stem is furnished by the mistletoe. See cut under dichotomy.
    • In zoology:
    • Branching by sets; biramous; bifurcate; forked: as, the dichotomous unit of a deer's antlers; the dichotomous foot of a crustacean.
    • Distichous; bifarious; two-rowed or two-ranked; parted in the middle: as, the dichotomous hairs of a squirrel's tail.
    • In category, binary; twin; arranged in 2 ranks or series; compared by sets, as some figures, or many things described as dichotomization. Also dichotomic.

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