• WordNet 3.6
    • n ramification the act of branching out or dividing into branches
    • n ramification an arrangement of branching parts
    • n ramification a development that complicates a situation "the court's decision had many unforeseen ramifications"
    • n ramification a part of a forked or branching shape "he broke off one of the branches"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ramification A division into principal and subordinate classes, heads, or departments; also, one of the subordinate parts; as, the ramifications of a subject or scheme.
    • Ramification A small branch or offshoot proceeding from a main stock or channel; as, the ramifications of an artery, vein, or nerve.
    • Ramification The process of branching, or the development of branches or offshoots from a stem; also, the mode of their arrangement.
    • Ramification The production of branchlike figures.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ramification The act or process of ramifying, or the state of being ramified; a branching out; division into branches, or into divergent lines, courses, or parts, as of trees or plants, blood-vessels, a mountain-chain, a topic or subject, etc.
    • n ramification The manner or result of ramifying or branching; that which is ramified or divided into branches; a set of branches: as, the ramification of a coral; the ramifications of an artery or a nerve; the ramifications of the capillaries, or of nerves in an insect's wing. See cuts under Dendrocæla and embryology
    • n ramification In botany, the branching, or the manner of branching, of stems and roots.
    • n ramification One of the branches or divergent lines or parts into which anything is divided; a division or subdivision springing or derived from a main stem or source: as, the ramifications of a conspiracy; to pursue a subjeet in all its ramifications.
    • n ramification The production of figures resembling branches.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Ramification &c. See under Ramus.
    • n Ramification division or separation into branches: a branch: a division or subdivision:
    • n Ramification (bot.) manner of producing branches
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. ramification,. See Ramify
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ramus, a branch.


In literature:

The whole episode brought into relief the wide ramifications of Turco-German intrigue.
"With Manchesters in the East" by Gerald B. Hurst
The next day these elongated filaments exhibited some transverse divisions and some ramifications.
"Fungi: Their Nature and Uses" by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
Actually, those are most important from our point of view, for Black Eyes' ability is a further ramification of that sort of thing.
"Black Eyes and the Daily Grind" by Milton Lesser
Consecutively came a ramification of other revenue-producing properties.
"History of the Great American Fortunes, Vol. I" by Myers Gustavus
Its ramifications were too great.
"Where I Wasn't Going" by Walt Richmond
It only shows how indefinitely one might extend the ramifications of a trivial tale.
"Aliens" by William McFee
There are only a few ideas in the world, but their ramifications are countless, and one need never despair of a theme.
"Threads of Grey and Gold" by Myrtle Reed
Much more, therefore, was it certain to prevail, considering its numbers, its ramifications, its compactness.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
The ramifications would be endless.
"The Man Who Staked the Stars" by Charles Dye
The plot that came to light had many ramifications.
"A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718" by Wallace Notestein
Thus my analytical mind threshed out the ramifications of possibilities.
"Cupid's Middleman" by Edward B. Lent
These pains appeared to flash along well-defined lines of ramification and to beat with an inconceivably rapid periodicity.
"The Scrap Book. Volume 1, No. 2" by Various
He laid bare the ramifications of the plot against Curll, which was only known in a few of its prominent particulars.
"The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1" by Alexander Pope
The religious order for women which she instituted spread in its ramifications to all parts of the country.
"Women of England, Volume 9 (of 10)" by Burleigh James Bartlett
It is pathological, and the disease is common to the human race, in all its ramifications.
"Shock Treatment" by Stanley Mullen
The ramifications may run deeper than either you or I suspect.
"Astounding Stories, August, 1931" by Various
Here already begins to enter, chronologically, one of the curious ramifications and variations of this prolific myth.
"The Spanish Pioneers" by Charles F. Lummis
Her range of interests was not large, being chiefly concerned with the various ramifications of sport.
"Thirty" by Howard Vincent O'Brien
Her social smile is a very guileless plant, but I detect how far its ramifications extend.
"Love's Usuries" by Louis Creswicke
His matter-of-fact mind was as far as ever from comprehending the ramifications of the Irish character.
"The Gambler" by Katherine Cecil Thurston

In news:

We won't know all the ramifications of ACA until after November by design .
We won't know all the ramifications of ACA until after November by design.
13 February 2012~~As most of you know, I have attempted to educate the American people as to the long term ramifications of relentless immigration.
Even as outrage over the national fungal meningitis outbreak continues to mount, cooler heads are asking questions that could have long-term ramifications for the way we treat back pain.
YESTERDAY, the whole world was watching Greece as its Parliament voted to pass a divisive package of austerity measures that could have critical ramifications for the global financial system.
There were two big stories in the NFL on Tuesday that could have ramifications for the AFC West.
Look no further than the battleground states of Campaign 2012 for political ramifications flowing from the country's changing demographics .
He can't pay Peyton Manning what he's scheduled to make, but letting an icon go is hard and comes with serious ramifications from a team's fan base.
The Dow Jones Industrials have lost 200 points or more twice in the past three days of trading CBS News' business and economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis talks to Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell about the ramifications.
What are the potential ramifications.
DC United friendly against Paris Saint- Germain has short-term ramifications.
When discussing the NFL's latest show of shamelessness and the possible ramifications, I think two things are in order.
NORMAN — Days after the release of the state's new report card system for school performance evaluation, district administrators are already feeling ramifications.
We discuss the impending fiscal cliff and its potential ramifications in California.
The tragic event carries many lessons as well potential ramifications and unintended consequences, both positive and negative.

In science:

The following two lemmas are ramifications of Feller’s proof of Bernstein’s Theorem (Feller (1971) p.440) and were first proved by Satheesh (2001b).
Infinite Divisibility and Max-Infinite Divisibility with Random Sample Size
The ramification module In this section we prove the theorems stated in §1.2.
SNOQIT I: Growth of $\Lambda$-modules and Kummer theory
Responsible person(s) within government departments should be made aware that there is much more at stake than ramifications and consequences to telecommunications.
The Colloquium on Decoupling Civil Timekeeping from Earth Rotation
Now, computer simulations have provided numerous insights (Kauffman 1993; Kauffman et al 2004; see Gershenson 2010) into the ramifications of lower-scale network parameters on the global dynamics (robustness, evolvability, adaptability).
Field-control, phase-transitions, and life's emergence
Thus chimneys/dendrites comprising magnetic minerals, and growing as a result of slower diffusion-aided processes, suggest that further magnetic ramifications such as spin-effects may have occurred within the thermal gels at the soft growing chimney front.
Field-control, phase-transitions, and life's emergence
D. G. Coyne and R. Sommerville, Ramifications of particle physics models for the final stages of black hole evaporation; Sources and Detection of Dark Matter in the Universe (D. B.
A Scenario for Strong Gravity without Extra Dimensions
Somerville, Ramifications of particle physics models for the final stages of black hole evaporation; in Sources and Detection of Dark Matter in the Universe (D. B. Cline, editor), North Holland/Elsevier Science, pp. 345-349 (1998).
A Scenario for Strong Gravity in Particle Physics: An alternative mechanism for black holes to appear at accelerator experiments