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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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In any case, it's interesting that during January, as George Gladfelter points out, Venus reached its geometric dichotomy two days after its greatest elongation east of the Sun.
Dichotomy MicroStudios allows filmmakers to iterate their storytelling in an approach that more closely resembles the animation process.
Running throughout the entirety of Mewett's commentary is his third point, really a theme, that the dichotomy employed offers no insight into behavior which observers do not already gain through other analytical tools at their disposal.
The first step in determining the dominance of functions is to look at the Judging-Perceiving dichotomy (Myers et al, 1998), if a person has a judging indicator, then his thinking-feeling dichotomy might be extravert and intuitive-sensing indicator would be introvert.
It is also almost always the case that one side of a dichotomy is accorded higher or lower value--which, along with the practical usefulness for the person making the distinction, also cements in advantages and disadvantages for people in the 'wrong' category: women's work/men's work is an example that is replete with judgements about worth, salary, caring, among others.
Army officers who develop a genuine awareness of this dichotomy empower themselves to anticipate the negative externalities of his decisions between the moral imperative of preserving his Soldiers and the professional obligation to accomplish his mission.
Emphasizing the running forward-running backward dichotomy helps the coach teach the importance of keeping opponents in a front view while dropping back on defense.
This fact/value dichotomy has become so widely accepted that I can recall my high school teachers in the 1970s reciting it as an uncontroversial truism; and even my college students today, most of whom are religiously conservative Alabamians unlikely to harbor sympathies for ethical relativism, can be counted on to confront assertions in ethics with the question "Who's to say what's right or wrong?
Any secondary pupil who has endured freshman history lectures about the Alien and Sedition Acts should be well aware of the basic dichotomy between full civil rights in times of national emergency versus the most effective ways to guarantee their long-term survival.
Despite his long professional ballet experience as a performer, choreographer, and teacher, Strate always has resisted making a strict dichotomy between ballet and modern.
California born but Stone Mountain, Georgia, -bred, Walker, in her art, represents the dichotomy of her upbringing.
This can be described further in terms of a dichotomy for violence based on the offender's desired outcome.