Definition of ramification :
1. A division into principal and subordinate classes, heads, or departments; also, one of the subordinate parts; as, the ramifications of a subject or scheme.
2. A small branch or offshoot proceeding from a main stock or channel; as, the ramifications of an artery, vein, or nerve.
3. The process of branching, or the development of branches or offshoots from a stem; also, the mode of their arrangement.
4. The production of branchlike figures.
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- Whether the Gnostics themselves can be described as a secret society, or rather as a ramification of secret societies, is open to question. - "Secret Societies And Subversive Movements", Nesta H. Webster.
- As early in the art as the latter end of the year 1878, Edison had developed his ideas sufficiently to determine that the problem of electric illumination by small units could be solved by using incandescent lamps of high resistance and small radiating surface, and by distributing currents of constant potential thereto in multiple arc by means of a ramification of conductors, starting from a central source and branching therefrom in every direction. - "Edison, His Life and Inventions", Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin.
- His absorption in the story had made him overlook this ramification of it. - "Death Points a Finger", Will Levinrew.