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Bifurcate (to divide into two parts) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's essential words for the GRE, which includes 800 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

Definition of the adjective bifurcate

What does bifurcate mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. resembling a fork; divided or separated into two branches

Definition of the verb bifurcate

What does bifurcate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: bifurcated | bifurcating | bifurcates

  1. split or divide into two
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: diverge = extend in a different direction
  2. divide into two branches
    • example: The road bifurcated
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: branch / fork / furcate / ramify / separate = divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for bifurcate

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Prehistory (2001)

Volume 6: North America by Peter N. Peregrine, Melvin Ember, Human Relations Area Files, inc

assemblages suggest a single component bifurcate phase occupation at Kessel. Although artifact density is not particularly high, ...

Google previewConcise Dictionary of Social and Cultural Anthropology (2013)

by Mike Morris

Bifurcate collaterals are ASCENDANTs ofEGO who are COLLATERAL to each other. They are distinguished in two ways: from LINEAL (direct) relatives and from each other. Thus we find specific terms used to separate (lineal) father (F in ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Eye (2010)

by Joseph Besharse, Reza Dana

Cone signals bifurcate, generating signconserving responses in off BCs (B) and signinverting responses in on BCs (B). Similarly, any feedforward HC signals must also bifurcate to generate signinverting signals in off BCs and anomalous ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Texas Seashells: Identification, Ecology, Distribution, and History (2010)

by John Wesley Tunnell

appear out of phase; anterior end long and gently rounded; posterior end truncate; sulcus extends from umbo to ventral angle; left valve with a weak cardinal bifurcate tooth and weak lateral teeth; right valve with 2 cardinal and 2 lateral teeth.

Google previewThe New-England Farmer; or, Georgical dictionary: containing a compendious account of the ways and methods in which the most important of husbandry ... is, or may be, practised to the greatest advantage in this country (1822)

by Samuel DEANE (Pastor of the First Church in Portland, Mass.)

There are two kinds of harrows commonly used; the square harrow, and the bifurcate harrow; the former is for old and clear ground, the latter for land that abounds with | stumps of trees and other obsta| cles. The square harrow is armed with ...

Google previewNew American Roget's College Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (Revised &Updated) (2002)

by Philip D. Morehead

Verbs—angle, fork, bifurcate; bend, hook, go off on a tangent; zigzag; branch, fork . Adjectives—angular, crooked; deltoid, triangular, rectangular, square, etc. (see Nouns,3); aquiline, sharp, acicular, acuminate, apical, attenuated; cuneal, ...

Google previewEtymological Dictionary of Grasses (2007)

by Harold T. Clifford, Peter D. Bostock

panicle branches bifurcate. Panicum bifurcatum bigelovii In honor of John Milton Bigelow (1804–1878) United States surgeon and botanist bigeniculata L. bis, twice;geniculata,kneed. Awn of lemma bent in two ...

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Scrabble value of B3I1F4U1R1C3A1T1E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 16 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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