ramification


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ram·i·fi·ca·tion

 (răm′ə-fĭ-kā′shən)
n.
1. A development or consequence growing out of and sometimes complicating a problem, plan, or statement: the ramifications of a court decision.
2.
a. The act or process of branching out or dividing into branches.
b. A subordinate part extending from a main body; a branch.
c. An arrangement of branches or branching parts.

ramification

(ˌræmɪfɪˈkeɪʃən)
n
1. the act or process of ramifying or branching out
2. an offshoot or subdivision
3. (often plural) a subsidiary consequence, esp one that complicates
4. a structure of branching parts

ram•i•fi•ca•tion

(ˌræm ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the act or process of ramifying.
2. a related or derived development; consequence; implication.
3. a branch: ramifications of a nerve.
4. a structure formed of branches.
[1670–80; < French < Medieval Latin rāmificā(re) to ramify + French -tion -tion]

Ramification

 branches of a tree, collectively, 1821.
Example: ramification of commercial intercourse, 1800.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ramification - the act of branching out or dividing into branches
division - the act or process of dividing
bifurcation - the act of splitting into two branches
trifurcation - the act of splitting into three branches
divarication - branching at a wide angle
fibrillation - act or process of forming fibrils
2.ramification - a part of a forked or branching shape; "he broke off one of the branches"
subfigure - a figure that is a part of another figure
forking, furcation - the place where something divides into branches
bifurcation - a bifurcating branch (one or both of them)
brachium - (biology) a branching or armlike part of an animal
crotch, fork - the region of the angle formed by the junction of two branches; "they took the south fork"; "he climbed into the crotch of a tree"
3.ramification - a development that complicates a situation; "the court's decision had many unforeseen ramifications"
development - a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation; "recent developments in Iraq"; "what a revolting development!"
4.ramification - an arrangement of branching parts
placement, arrangement - the spatial property of the way in which something is placed; "the arrangement of the furniture"; "the placement of the chairs"

ramification

noun consequences, results, developments, complications, sequel, upshot These issues have powerful personal and political ramifications.

ramification

noun
Translations

ramification

[ˌræmɪfɪˈkeɪʃən] Nramificación f
with numerous ramificationscon innumerables ramificaciones
in all its ramificationsen toda su complejidad

ramification

[ˌræmɪfɪˈkeɪʃən] nramification f
the ramifications of sth → les ramifications de qch

ramification

n (lit)Verzweigung f; (smaller) → Verästelung f; (of arteries)Verästelung f, → Geäst nt; the ramifications of this matter are several (form)dies ist eine sehr verzweigte Angelegenheit; the race question and its many ramificationsdie Rassenfrage und die damit verbundenen Probleme

ramification

[ˌræmɪfɪˈkeɪʃn] nramificazione f

ram·i·fi·ca·tion

n. ramificación, distribución en ramas.
References in classic literature ?
These pains appeared to flash along well defined lines of ramification and to beat with an inconceivably rapid periodicity.
She was in town, but not at home, having gone to Mile End directly after breakfast on some Borrioboolan business, arising out of a society called the East London Branch Aid Ramification.
Pursuing his inquiries, Clennam found that the Gowan family were a very distant ramification of the Barnacles; and that the paternal Gowan, originally attached to a legation abroad, had been pensioned off as a Commissioner of nothing particular somewhere or other, and had died at his post with his drawn salary in his hand, nobly defending it to the last extremity.
The presence of ventilating shafts and wells along the hill slopes--everywhere, in fact except along the river valley --showed how universal were its ramifications.
Steadily, incessantly, each black splash grew and spread, shooting out ramifications this way and that, now banking itself against rising ground, now pouring swiftly over a crest into a new-found valley, exactly as a gout of ink would spread itself upon blotting paper.
But my real treasure is not that, my dear friend, which awaits me beneath the sombre rocks of Monte Cristo, it is your presence, our living together five or six hours a day, in spite of our jailers; it is the rays of intelligence you have elicited from my brain, the languages you have implanted in my memory, and which have taken root there with all their philological ramifications.
In the process of years, this company has been enabled to spread its ramifications in every direction; its system of intercourse is founded upon a long and intimate knowledge of the character and necessities of the various tribes; and of all the fastnesses, defiles, and favorable hunting grounds of the country.
The vegetation in these valleys is much more abundant than near the coast; in fact, it is these fertile intervals, locked up between rocky sierras, or scooped out from barren wastes, that population must extend itself, as it were, in veins and ramifications, if ever the regions beyond the mountains should become civilized.
The place was there more subdivided; a large "extension" in particular, where small rooms for servants had been multiplied, abounded in nooks and corners, in closets and passages, in the ramifications especially of an ample back staircase over which he leaned, many a time, to look far down - not deterred from his gravity even while aware that he might, for a spectator, have figured some solemn simpleton playing at hide-and-seek.
But unfortunately Sir Walter had somehow got it into his head (mostly by some ramifications of his family's religion) that Father Brown was on the side of the prisoner, because the prisoner was wicked and foreign and even partly black.
The three ramifications mentioned, of which the Duthumi forms the first link, are separated by immense longitudinal plains.
The Rues Saint-Denis and Saint-Martin, with their innumerable ramifications, rose one after the other, like trees intertwining their branches; and then the tortuous lines, the Rues de la Plâtrerie, de la Verrerie, de la Tixeranderie, etc.