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bimodal

[bahy-mohd-l] /baɪˈmoʊd l/
adjective
1.
having or providing two modes, methods, systems, etc.
2.
Statistics. (of a distribution) having or occurring with two modes.
Compare unimodal.
3.
Transportation. pertaining to or suitable for transportation involving the use of two forms of carrier, as truck and rail.
Compare intermodal.
Origin of bimodal
1900-1905
First recorded in 1900-05; bi-1 + modal
Related forms
bimodality, noun
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Word Origin and History for bimodality

bimodal

adj.

also bi-modal, 1891, from bi- + modal. Related: Bimodality.

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