- division into two parts, kinds, etc.; subdivision into halves or pairs.
- division into two mutually exclusive, opposed, or contradictory groups: a dichotomy between thought and action.
- Botany. a mode of branching by constant forking, as in some stems, in veins of leaves, etc.
- Astronomy. the phase of the moon or of an inferior planet when half of its disk is visible.
Origin of dichotomy
Examples from the Web for dichotomy
No, the whole point of a superhero with a secret identity is the dichotomy.Model Minority Rage: Why the Hulk Should Be an Asian Guy
July 18, 2014
It was this dichotomy that made Don a fascinating, layered character.What's Happened to Don Draper? Why Everyone’s Favorite ‘Mad Men’ Stud Needs His Mojo Back
April 16, 2014
As a result, the legislation “defies the dichotomy of pro-life and pro-choice,” says Diaz-Tello.Tennessee is Making Pregnancy a Criminal Liability
April 15, 2014
Ultimately, I think this dichotomy will come to define what True Detective is all about.‘True Detective’s’ Godless Universe: Is the HBO Show Anti-Christian?
March 6, 2014
Colorado lawmakers, and ultimately officials in the Obama administration, are going to have to address that dichotomy.Could You Lose Your Job for Smoking Legal Pot?
January 7, 2014
The nature of the universe is proved too subtle for this dichotomy.Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol II of 2)
John Addington Symonds
Most of the examples of division which Plato gives are divisions by dichotomy.A Critical History of Greek Philosophy
W. T. Stace
Dichotomy (dī-koto-mi), a cutting in two; a division by pairs.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
Another point of difference from Catenicella is the non-gemination of the cell at the dichotomy of a branch.Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1.
He mapped out the whole subject, dividing and subdividing it in accordance with the principle of “dichotomy.”
- division into two parts or classifications, esp when they are sharply distinguished or opposedthe dichotomy between eastern and western cultures
- logic the division of a class into two mutually exclusive subclassesthe dichotomy of married and single people
- botany a simple method of branching by repeated division into two equal parts
- the phase of the moon, Venus, or Mercury when half of the disc is visible
Word Origin and History for dichotomy
c.1600, from Greek dichotomia "a cutting in half," from dicha "in two, asunder" (related to dis "twice") + temnein "to cut" (see tome).