Dichotomy

Di*chot"o*my

(?), n. [Gr. , fr. : cf. F. dichotomie. See Dichotomous.] 1. A cutting in two; a division.
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A general breach or dichotomy with their church.
Sir T. Browne.
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2. Division or distribution of genera into two species; division into two subordinate parts.
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3. (Astron.) That phase of the moon in which it appears bisected, or shows only half its disk, as at the quadratures.
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4. (Biol.) Successive division and subdivision, as of a stem of a plant or a vein of the body, into two parts as it proceeds from its origin; successive bifurcation.
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5. The place where a stem or vein is forked.
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6. (Logic) Division into two; especially, the division of a class into two subclasses opposed to each other by contradiction, as the division of the term man into white and not white.
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