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.
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.
Then you must bring him some evening which is not a Parent Society night, or a Branch night, or a Ramification night.
This was the ultimate belief on which all the systems elaborated by human thought in almost all their ramifications rested.
In their ramifications and doublings back upon themselves they made a compact network, having in size and shape an amazing resemblance to the human figure.
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.
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 three ramifications mentioned, of which the Duthumi forms the first link, are separated by immense longitudinal plains.
He stirred up a bigger muss than he had anticipated, and even he was astounded at the wide ramifications of the struggle and at the unexpected and incongruous interests that were drawn into it.
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.
I have not crawled so long, flat on my belly, with my nails in the earth, through the innumerable ramifications of its caverns, without perceiving far in front of me, at the end of the obscure gallery, a light, a flame, a something, the reflection, no doubt, of the dazzling central laboratory where the patient and the wise have found out God.
Coulson continued, "and yet it is a matter with so many ramifications that after much discussion it might become a veritable chaos.