verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of branch
Synonyms for branch
Examples from the Web for unbranched
Historical Examples of unbranched
In structure they are coriaceous, and include plants both with broad and narrow, branched and unbranched fronds.Sea-Weeds, Shells and Fossils
Some of these rays may be unbranched and unjointed, being then known as spines, and usually occupy the front part of the fin.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition
Vernon L. Kellogg
The equally plain distinctions between the branched, unbranched, tubular, and plate-like green alg make them as easy to separate.
This order is characterized by cylindrical cells strung end to end, forming threads or filaments, branched and unbranched.
The antennules are very large, unbranched and composed of numerous segments; the antenn are much smaller.The Life of Crustacea
William Thomas Calman
- a subdivision or subsidiary section of something larger or more complexbranches of learning; branch of the family
- (as modifier)a branch office
Word Origin for branch
c.1300, braunch, "limb of a tree" (also used of things analogous to it, especially geographic features), from Old French branche "branch, bough, twig; branch of a family" (12c.), from Late Latin branca "footprint," later "a claw, paw," of unknown origin, probably from Gaulish. The connecting notion would be the shape (cf. pedigree). Replaced native bough. Meaning "local office of a business" is first recorded 1817, from earlier sense of "component part of a system" (1690s).
"send out shoots or new limbs," late 14c., also, of blood vessels, family trees, etc., "to be forked," from branch (n.). Meaning "to spread out from a center, radiate" is from c.1400. Related: Branched; branching.
In addition to the idioms beginning with branch
- branch off
- branch out
- olive branch
- root and branch