dichotomous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj dichotomous divided or dividing into two sharply distinguished parts or classifications
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Dichotomous Regularly dividing by pairs from bottom to top; as, a dichotomous stem.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dichotomous Pertaining to or consisting of a pair or pairs; divided into two, or having a dual arrangement or order.
    • dichotomous 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.
    • dichotomous In zoology:
    • dichotomous Branching by pairs; biramous; bifurcate; forked: as, the dichotomous division of a deer's antlers; the dichotomous foot of a crustacean.
    • dichotomous Distichous; bifarious; two-rowed or two-ranked; parted in the middle: as, the dichotomous hairs of a squirrel's tail.
    • dichotomous In classification, binary; dual; arranged in two ranks or series; opposed by pairs, as a set of characters, or a number of objects characterized by dichotomization. Also dichotomic.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dichotomos, Gr. ; in two, asunder + diate`mnein to cut

Usage

In literature:

Branched dichotomously; branches short, incrassated, truncate.
"Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1." by John MacGillivray
It was dichotomous, but only once.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
So we reject the old dualism, its dichotomized universe, its two sorts of authority, its prodigious and arbitrary supernaturalism.
"Preaching and Paganism" by Albert Parker Fitch
Other peoples have a similar dichotomous organisation; but it is either not based on the totem kins or they have fallen into the background.
"Kinship Organisations and Group Marriage in Australia" by Northcote W. Thomas
The colonies are usually richly branched upon the dichotomous plan and the entire colony is contractile.
"Marine Protozoa from Woods Hole" by Gary N. Calkins
Dichotomous, paired, regularly forked.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
They do not arise from the dichotomic process of classification, but from the polar relations of things.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
The genus is marked by its surface-net supported at the tips of the dichotomously branched divisions of the columella.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
Inflorescentia axillaris, cymosa: cymi dichotome stipulati.
"The Highlands of Ethiopia" by William Cornwallis Harris
Thallus radiate or dichotomous, the epidermis usually porose.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
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In news:

An equally dichotomous piece of musical theater.
The front page of the March 1 edition of the Montgomery Advertiser appears to present a dichotomous view of casino gambling in the state of Alabama.
Frank Ocean, Golden Million Dollar Babies, And Rap's Dichotomous Views On Sexuality.
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In science:

This is so because forcing the fluctuating variable to become rigorously dichotomous imposes on the system enough coarse graining as to produce randomness.
Fractional Calculus as a Macroscopic Manifestation of Randomness
Eq.(79) is the same as Eq.(40) and the bath variable, now denoted with v , is not dichotomous.
Fractional Calculus as a Macroscopic Manifestation of Randomness
The former property , ψ(t), is the probability density function of so journ times, which, as earlier stressed, has an inverse power law form (see Eq.(1)); the latter, Φξ (t), is the stationary correlation function of the dichotomous variable ξ , playing the role of a velocity with only two possible values, W and −W .
The Levy diffusion as an effect of sporadic randomness
Here we limit ourselves to noticing that this equation is exact under the condition that the velocity variable is dichotomous and the initial distribution is a Dirac delta centered at x = 0.
The Levy diffusion as an effect of sporadic randomness
This is so because Eq.(4) implies the dichotomous nature of the variable ξ .
The Levy diffusion as an effect of sporadic randomness
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