forking vs ramification what difference

what is difference between forking and ramification

English

Verb

forking

  1. present participle of fork

Noun

forking (plural forkings)

  1. division into forks
    the forkings of a road, or of a deer’s antlers

Translations



English

Etymology

From Middle French ramification, or its source, Latin ramificō.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɹæmɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌɹæməfəˈkeɪʃən/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

Noun

ramification (countable and uncountable, plural ramifications)

  1. (botany, anatomy) A branching-out, the act or result of developing branches; specifically the divergence of the stem and limbs of a plant into smaller ones, or of similar developments in blood vessels, anatomical structures etc.
    • 1829, Lincoln Phelps, Familiar Lectures on Botany, p. 179:
      The character of trees may be studied to advantage [] in winter, when the forms of the ramification can be seen in the naked boughs []
    • 1856, Neil Arnott & Isaac Hayes, Elements of Physics, pp. 414-5:
      From the left chamber or ventricle of the strong muscular mass, the heart, a large tube arises, called the aorta; and by a continued division or ramification, opens a way for the bright scarlet blood to the very minutest part of the living frame []
  2. An offshoot of a decision, fact etc.; a consequence or implication, especially one which complicates a situation.
    • 1834, Sir Walter Scott, Rob Roy:
      The treachery of some of the Jacobite agents (Rashleigh among the rest), and the arrest of others, had made George the First’s Government acquainted with the extensive ramifications of a conspiracy long prepared, and which at last exploded prematurely []
    • 2009, The Guardian, Chris Power, Booksblog, 14 Jul 09:
      But most often and memorably his work falls into that territory best summed up as speculative fiction, with a particular emphasis on dystopian futures and the existential ramifications of space exploration.
  3. (mathematics) An arrangement of branches.

Related terms

  • ramify

Translations

Further reading

  • ramification in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • ramification in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

French

Etymology

ramifier +‎ -ification

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ʁa.mi.fi.ka.sjɔ̃/

Noun

ramification f (plural ramifications)

  1. a (criminal) network, offshoots of an (often clandestine) organization
  2. ramification, implication
  3. (botany, anatomy) ramification

Further reading

  • “ramification” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Middle French

Noun

ramification f (plural ramifications)

  1. division into branches
    • 1570, Jean Canappe, Tables anatomiques du corps humain universel: soit de l’homme, ou de la femme page 24
      De laquelle nous donnerons la divarication, cestadire ramification, ou division en ses rameaux, quand nous traicterons du foye.

      From which [from the vein] we get separating out, that is to say ramification, or division into several branches, when we are talking about the liver.

Descendants

  • English: ramification
  • French: ramification

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