- the act or process of ramifying.
- a branch: ramifications of a nerve.
- a related or derived subject, problem, etc.; outgrowth; consequence; implication: The new tax law proved to have many ramifications unforeseen by the lawmakers.
- a structure formed of branches.
- a configuration of branching parts.
Origin of ramification
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Examples from the Web for ramification
It is not growing strongly, and is as simple as possible in ramification.Modern Painters, Volume V (of 5)
But in other species the ramification of the apophyses assumes more the form of bifurcation or of irregular branching.
There are sometimes other complications in the ramification of the tube, but these need not detain us.Spiders
It led into a ramification of small passages and tunnels underground.The Matabele Campaign
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We determined to keep up the etiquette of refined life in its every ramification.Wanted: A Cook
- the act or process of ramifying or branching out
- an offshoot or subdivision
- (often plural) a subsidiary consequence, esp one that complicates
- a structure of branching parts
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Word Origin and History for ramification
1670s, "a branching out," from French ramification, from ramifier (see ramify). Transferred sense of "outgrowth, consequence" first recorded 1755. Related: Ramifications.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A branching shape or arrangement.
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