dichotomy

dichotomy
noun (plural -mies) Etymology: Greek dichotomia, from dichotomos Date: 1610 1. a division into two especially mutually exclusive or contradictory groups or entities <
the dichotomy between theory and practice
>
; also the process or practice of making such a division <
dichotomy of the population into two opposed classes
>
2. the phase of the moon or an inferior planet in which half its disk appears illuminated 3. a. bifurcation; especially repeated bifurcation (as of a plant's stem) b. a system of branching in which the main axis forks repeatedly into two branches c. branching of an ancestral line into two equal diverging branches 4. something with seemingly contradictory qualities <
it's a dichotomy, this opulent Ritz-style luxury in a place that fronts on a boat harbor — Jean T. Barrett
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • dichotomy — means ‘a division into two’ (from Greek dicho meaning ‘apart’ and tomos meaning ‘cutting’). The word has long established meanings in technical domains such as logic, astronomy, and the life sciences; in the 20c it moved into general use to mean… …   Modern English usage

  • Dichotomy — Di*chot o*my, n. [Gr. ?, fr. ?: cf. F. dichotomie. See {Dichotomous}.] 1. A cutting in two; a division. [1913 Webster] A general breach or dichotomy with their church. Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] 2. Division or distribution of genera into two… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dichotomy — I noun bifurcation, bipartition, bisection, dissection, divarication, division, halving, separation, severance, split, subdivision II index disassociation, split Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • dichotomy — c.1600, from Gk. dichotomia a cutting in half, from dicha in two, asunder (related to dis twice ) + temnein to cut (see TOME (Cf. tome)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • dichotomy — noun being twofold; a classification into two opposed parts or subclasses the dichotomy between eastern and western culture • Syn: ↑duality • Derivationally related forms: ↑dual (for: ↑duality), ↑dichotomous, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Dichotomy — An example of a dichotomy is the partition of a scene into figure and ground – the letters are foreground or figure; the rest is the background. A dichotomy is any splitting of a whole into exactly two non overlapping parts, meaning it is a… …   Wikipedia

  • dichotomy — di|chot|o|my [daıˈkɔtəmi US ˈka: ] n plural dichotomies formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Greek; Origin: dichotomia, from dichotomos cut in two ] the difference between two things or ideas that are completely opposite dichotomy between ▪ a dichotomy… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dichotomy — [[t]daɪkɒ̱təmi[/t]] dichotomies N COUNT: usu sing, oft N between pl n If there is a dichotomy between two things, there is a very great difference or opposition between them. [FORMAL] There is a dichotomy between the academic world and the… …   English dictionary

  • dichotomy — UK [daɪˈkɒtəmɪ] / US [daɪˈkɑtəmɪ] noun [countable] Word forms dichotomy : singular dichotomy plural dichotomies formal a difference between two opposite things or ideas …   English dictionary

  • dichotomy — dichotomic /duy keuh tom ik/, adj. dichotomically, adv. /duy kot euh mee/, n., pl. dichotomies. 1. division into two parts, kinds, etc.; subdivision into halves or pairs. 2. division into two mutually exclusive, opposed, or contradictory groups:… …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”