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dichotomy

1. Logic the division of a class into two mutually exclusive subclasses
2. Botany a simple method of branching by repeated division into two equal parts
3. the phase of the moon, Venus, or Mercury when half of the disc is visible

dichotomy

(dÿ-kot -ŏ-mee) The moment of exact half-phase of the Moon, Mercury, or Venus.

dichotomy

[dī′käd·ə·mē]
(astronomy)
The phase of the moon or an inferior planet at which exactly half of its disk is illuminated and the terminator is a straight line.
(biology)
Divided in two parts.
Repeated branching or forking.
(computer science)
A division into two subordinate classes; for example, all white and all nonwhite, or all zero and all nonzero.
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Finally, the dichotomic relation to language and space, which conveys the condition of displacement that Benati sees as deep-rooted in contemporary society, is mirrored in the textuality of the stories, continually split between different places, times and narrative voices.
He [Freud] defines sexual differences as a function of the a priori of the same, having recourse, to support this demonstration, to the age- old processes: analogy, comparison, symmetry, dichotomic oppositions, and so on.
Far from denying the dichotomic stand-off between romance and realism, Putter's model embraces the poem's representational diversity by proposing that Sir Gawain and the Green Knight thrives on this tension between these two apparently antithetical poles.
The dichotomic conception of the public and the private has also started to crumble in Western cultural studies due to analyses of postmodernist lifestyle, especially media and consumption studies that examine the shifting of the border between the public and the private and the travel of objects and meanings over this border.