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RAMIFICATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ramification mean? 

RAMIFICATION (noun)
  The noun RAMIFICATION has 4 senses:

1. the act of branching out or dividing into branches
2. a part of a forked or branching shape
3. a development that complicates a situation
4. an arrangement of branching parts

  Familiarity information: RAMIFICATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


RAMIFICATION (noun)


Sense 1ramification [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of branching out or dividing into branches

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

branching; ramification; fork; forking

Hypernyms ("ramification" is a kind of...):

division (the act or process of dividing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ramification"):

bifurcation (the act of splitting into two branches)

trifurcation (the act of splitting into three branches)

divarication (branching at a wide angle)

fibrillation (act or process of forming fibrils)


Sense 2ramification [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A part of a forked or branching shape

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

ramification; branch; leg

Context example:

he broke off one of the branches

Hypernyms ("ramification" is a kind of...):

subfigure (a figure that is a part of another figure)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ramification"):

bifurcation (a bifurcating branch (one or both of them))

brachium ((biology) a branching or armlike part of an animal)

crotch; fork (the region of the angle formed by the junction of two branches)

Holonyms ("ramification" is a part of...):

forking; furcation (the place where something divides into branches)


Sense 3ramification [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A development that complicates a situation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

ramification; complication

Context example:

the court's decision had many unforeseen ramifications

Hypernyms ("ramification" is a kind of...):

development (a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation)


Sense 4ramification [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An arrangement of branching parts

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("ramification" is a kind of...):

arrangement; placement (the spatial property of the way in which something is placed)


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