noun /tɹaɪˈkɒt.ə.mi,tɹaɪˈkɑt.ə.mi/
a) Division or separation into three groups or pieces.
b) the following property of an order relation (e.g., "less than"): for any two elements (of a given algebraic structure) there are exactly three possibilities: either the first element is less than the second one, the second element is less than the first one, or the two elements are equal.
See Also: dichotomy

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  • Trichotomy — Tri*chot o*my, n. [Gr. tri cha threefold, in three parts + te mnein to cut or divide: cf. F. trichotomie.] Division into three parts. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trichotomy — [trī kät′ə mē] n. [Gr tricha, threefold (< treis,THREE), after DICHOTOMY] division into three parts, elements, groups, etc. trichotomize [trī kät′əmīz΄] vt. trichotomized, trichotomizing trichotomous adj. trichotomously adv …   English World dictionary

  • Trichotomy — A trichotomy is a splitting into three parts, and, apart from its normal literal meaning, can refer to: * trichotomy (mathematics), in the mathematical field of order theory * trichotomy (philosophy), for the idea that man has a threefold nature… …   Wikipedia

  • trichotomy — noun (plural mies) Date: 1610 division into three parts, elements, or classes …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • trichotomy — trichotomic /trik euh tom ik/, trichotomous, adj. trichotomously, adv. /tri kot euh mee/, n., pl. trichotomies. 1. division into three parts, classes, categories, etc. 2. an instance of such a division, as in thought, structure, or object. 3. the …   Universalium

  • trichotomy — A division into three parts. [G. trichia, threefold, + tome, a cutting] …   Medical dictionary

  • trichotomy — tri·chot·o·my || traɪ kÉ‘tÉ™mɪ /traɪ kÉ’t n. division into three parts …   English contemporary dictionary

  • trichotomy — [trʌɪ kɒtəmi, trɪ ] noun (plural trichotomies) a division into three categories. Derivatives trichotomous adjective Origin C17: from Gk trikha threefold , on the pattern of dichotomy …   English new terms dictionary

  • trichotomy — tri·chot·o·my …   English syllables

  • trichotomy — tri•chot•o•my [[t]trɪˈkɒt ə mi[/t]] n. pl. mies division into three parts, classes, elements, etc • Etymology: 1600–10; < NL trichotomia < Gk trích(a) in three parts + o o + NL tomia tomy trich•o•tom•ic ˌtrɪk əˈtɒm ɪk tri•chot′o•mous,adj.… …   From formal English to slang

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