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bimodal

[bahy-mohd-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.
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Compare intermodal.

Origin of bimodal

First recorded in 1900–05; bi-1 + modal
Related formsbi·mo·dal·i·ty, noun
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Examples from the Web for bimodal

Historical Examples

  • Errors of sampling may similarly account for some, though not all, of the curves of the bimodal type shown in Figure 29C.

    A Quantitative Study of the Nocturnal Migration of Birds.

    George H. Lowery.

  • Two spawning periods may account for the bimodal size distribution of young-of-the-year observed in my study.

  • The distribution of clutches (Fig. 1) runs from mid-January to the first third of July and is bimodal.

    The Breeding Birds of Kansas

    Richard F. Johnston

  • The distribution of clutches (Fig. 1) runs from mid-March to the last third of July and is bimodal.

    The Breeding Birds of Kansas

    Richard F. Johnston

  • The salient feature is that the blunt-ended "B" spoons have a bimodal distribution: from 198 mm.

    Mohave Pottery

    Alfred L. Kroeber


Word Origin and History for bimodal

adj.

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

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