What does bifurcate mean?

Definitions for bifurcate
ˈbaɪ fərˌkeɪt, baɪˈfɜr keɪt; -kɪtbi·fur·cate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bifurcate, biramous, branched, forked, fork-like, forficate, pronged, prongyverb

    resembling a fork; divided or separated into two branches

    "the biramous appendages of an arthropod"; "long branched hairs on its legson which pollen collects"; "a forked river"; "a forked tail"; "forked lightning"; "horseradish grown in poor soil may develop prongy roots"

  2. bifurcateverb

    split or divide into two

  3. bifurcateverb

    divide into two branches

    "The road bifurcated"


  1. bifurcateadjective

    Divided or forked into two; bifurcated.

  2. bifurcateadjective

    To divide or fork into two channels or branches.

  3. bifurcateadjective

    Having bifurcations.

  4. Etymology: Based on bifurcatus.


  1. bifurcate

    Bifurcate, as a verb, means to divide into two branches or forks. It can also refer to a point or situation where a decision between two different or mutually exclusive options must be made. As an adjective, bifurcate describes something that is divided into two branches or forks.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bifurcateadjective

    alt. of Bifurcated

  2. Bifurcateverb

    to divide into two branches

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bifurcate

    bī-fur′kāt, Bifurcated, bī-fur′kāt-ed, adj. two-forked; having two prongs or branches.—n. Bifurcā′tion, a forking or division into two branches. [L. bifurcusbi-, bis, twice, furca, a fork.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bifurcate

    A river is said to bifurcate, or to form a fork, when it divides into two distinct branches, as at the heads of deltas and in fluvial basins.


  1. Bifurcate

    divided, not over half its length, into two dull points; forked.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bifurcate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bifurcate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of bifurcate in a Sentence

  1. John Kelly III:

    His major concerns were, will it be available to everyone, or is it going to further bifurcate the haves and the have-not's?

  2. Anthony Chukumba:

    You really have to bifurcate between the largely apparel retailers and hard-goods retailers.

  3. Timothy Head:

    I actually defend Warnock's infusion of faith in his own politics, because I find the bifurcation --- the desire to bifurcate faith from any kind of political dialogue --- basically impractical. The reality is that worldview is inextricably intertwined with people's political positions and opinions.

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    a state of irritation or annoyance
    • A. gloat
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