bifurcation

Bifurcation is a process in which something splits in two.

Bifurcation is a word that sounds fancy but has a very simple meaning: splitting or cutting in two. If a stream divides into two smaller streams, that's a bifurcation. If you split a company into two divisions, that's a bifurcation too. This word can also refer to the exact spot where one thing splits into two. Since bi means two in many words, such as bimonthly, that's a good reminder of what bifurcation means.

Definitions of bifurcation
  1. noun
    the act of splitting into two branches
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    type of:
    branching, fork, forking, ramification
    the act of branching out or dividing into branches
  2. noun
    the place where something divides into two branches
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    type of:
    forking, furcation
    the place where something divides into branches
  3. noun
    a bifurcating branch (one or both of them)
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    type of:
    branch, leg, ramification
    a part of a forked or branching shape
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