Ramification Ram`i*fi*ca"tion (r[a^]m`[i^]*f[i^]*k[=a]"sh[u^]n), n. [Cf. F. ramification. See {Ramify}.] 1. The process of branching, or the development of branches or offshoots from a stem; also, the mode of their arrangement. [1913 Webster]

2. A small branch or offshoot proceeding from a main stock or channel; as, the ramifications of an artery, vein, or nerve. [1913 Webster]

3. A division into principal and subordinate classes, heads, or departments; also, one of the subordinate parts; as, the ramifications of a subject or scheme. [1913 Webster]

4. The production of branchlike figures. --Crabb. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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