• "He loaded the children with cherry branches."
    "He loaded the children with cherry branches."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj branching resembling the branches of a tree
    • adj branching having branches
    • n branching the act of branching out or dividing into branches
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Trimming off Branches of Spruce Trimming off Branches of Spruce
Seven-branched Candlestick, Essen Seven-branched Candlestick, Essen
A kitten sits and looks up at a bird on a branch A kitten sits and looks up at a bird on a branch
A kitten sits up on its haunches, looking up at a branch of pussy willow A kitten sits up on its haunches, looking up at a branch of pussy willow
koala looking down from branch koala looking down from branch
Two men pull on a tree branch and form a letter P Two men pull on a tree branch and form a letter P
Third stanza, surrounded by branches Third stanza, surrounded by branches
Skeleton of a branching coral Skeleton of a branching coral

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some snails live on branches in trees
    • a Branching Furnished with branches; shooting our branches; extending in a branch or branches. "Shaded with branching palm."
    • n Branching The act or state of separation into branches; division into branches; a division or branch. "The sciences, with their numerous branchings ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the Great Seal of the US the eagle grasps 13 arrows and an olive branch.
    • branching Furnished with branches; shooting out branches.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first place winners at the first modern Olympics were awarded an olive branch and a silver medal. The runners-up received laurel sprigs and copper medals.
    • adjs Branching furnished with or shooting out branches
    • ***


  • Victor Hugo
    “Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.”
  • Federico Garcia Lorca
    Federico Garcia Lorca
    “Green how I want you green. Green wind. Green branches.”
  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
    “That man's the true Conservative who lops the moldered branch away.”
  • James Stephens
    James Stephens
    “A woman is a branchy tree and man a singing wind; and from her branches carelessly he takes what he can find.”
  • Wilferd A. Peterson
    Wilferd A. Peterson
    “Let me look upward into the branches of the flowering oak and know that it grew great and strong because it grew slowly and well.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Politics is the entertainment branch of industry.”


Olive branch - If you hold out or offer an olive branch, you make a gesture to indicate that you want peace.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. branche—Low L. branca, a beast's paw—L. brachium.


In literature:

This joint should be wiped first with the branch pointing to the right and then with the branch pointing to the left.
"Elements of Plumbing" by Samuel Dibble
It branches close to the ground, and should never be pruned to form a head several feet from the ground, like most other trees.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
Don't I give shade and shelter to every one who passes by, and don't they in return tear down my branches to feed their cattle?
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
As he stood behind the last tree he had reached, he saw that it branched, and the lowest branches grew but a little above his head.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
These people, Patty knew, lived in a beautiful country place called "Pine Branches," which was near Springfield in Massachusetts.
"Patty's Summer Days" by Carolyn Wells
One had freshly-cut willow-branches lying in the bottom.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
A branch of general geometrical proportion, or universal comparison of ratios.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
They sprang from branch to branch with the most extraordinary disregard to distance.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
The nest could be seen only by lifting up and parting away the branches.
"Bird Stories from Burroughs" by John Burroughs
It is down these style-branches that the pollen-tube passes on its way to the ovules or embryo seeds.
"The Apple-Tree" by L. H. Bailey
Bring an infected branch to school.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
It even branches as it extends itself through the soil.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
It was made of a bundle of branches, or an old skin stuffed with leaves.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
Over the half-moon a cloud of snow was drawing, and soon the whispering flakes began to float again between the branches.
"The Three Mulla-mulgars" by Walter De La Mare
It is a crooked branch with a plowshare fastened to it.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
The grass, although withered, appeared rejuvenated by it; yellowed leaves hung thickly on the branches of the birches.
"Peasant Tales of Russia" by V.I. Nemirovitch-Dantchenko
A chartered bank in Canada is a bank of branches, not a bank with branches.
"Readings in Money and Banking" by Chester Arthur Phillips
A branch of the Union was formed and I became a member.
"From Crow-Scaring to Westminster; an Autobiography" by George Edwards M.P., O.B.E.
The competitors stand under the branch of the tree ready to be tied.
"The Fatal Cord" by Mayne Reid
One stood erect upon a branch with arms around an upright stem; another sat astride; a third lay along a limb, with one leg dangling downwards.
"Afloat in the Forest" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

Over their heads in the branches
Of their new-bought, ancient trees,
I weave an incantation
And draw them to my knees.
"The Recall" by Rudyard Kipling
Send to the prince's daughter
Her ruddy, fair-eyed king,
Like a fruitful branch he blossoms,
Transplanted to a spring.
"For A Marriage" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
But oft, at eve, the autumn wind
The living branches plays,
Fresh whispering from that sunny grave
Its melancholy lays.
"The Trees" by Ernest Jones
And star fires tremble it; the trees
Feel in their branches groan
World-old indignity, some gash
Remembered in the moan
"Immortal Eve - IV" by Manmohan Ghose
The birds in the rustling branches
Sing gayly overhead;
Gray stones like sentinel spectres
Are guarding the silent dead.
"In A Graveyard" by John Hay
The birds sang in the branches,
With sweet, familiar tone;
But the voices of the children
Will be heard in dreams alone!
"By The Fireside : The Open Window" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Spruce Campbells branching into beer.
UHSAA branching out into stats with Maxpreps partnership.
Local bank executive branching out.
Smoking bandit branching out: steals nearly $1k in smokes.
Branching agent ­discovered by chance.
The dissent followed debates about the location and access of the school's future branch directly off US Highway 6.
Stone Creek's Gypsum branch will be at a site formerly owned by AmeriGas and currently occupied by IMPACT Ministries.
In the meantime, he's studying whether to branch out further, adding skis and snowboards and winter sports accessories to the product line.
Decatur Vein Clinic branches out.
MS-13 gang is branching into underage prostitution, authorities say.
Vancouver-based First Independent Bank is on the verge of a branch expansion in Portland, with full-service branches planned at Cascade Station and in the heart of downtown.
To open a branch at 10233 N E.
Branching agent ­discovered by chance .
An account titled Hope for Sunnie has been set up at US Bank, which has branches in Lincoln, Rocklin and Roseville.
Harbor Branch to show 'Dolphin Tale' followed by talk about beloved tailless dolphin.

In science:

Overall, with the increase of viscosity all the sonic point branches tend to merge to a single branch which results a single sonic point for a particular accretion flow.
Unification to the "Pseudo-General-Relativistic" analysis of accretion disks around rotating black holes and neutron stars
For example, if we wish to identify all the female staff at branch number B003, our query pattern would be ‘ F B003 ’ or even ‘ F B003 ’.
Towards an Intelligent Database System Founded on the SP Theory of Computing and Cognition
Figure 3: The two best multiple alignments found by SP61 with the pattern ‘ F B003 ’ in New and patterns in Old that include patterns representing Table 1.
Towards an Intelligent Database System Founded on the SP Theory of Computing and Cognition
The base points for the entire branch have no symmetry for τ > 0 so we can characterize the formal stability (in our case the T -stability) of the whole branch (locally) in terms of Theorem 6.2.
Symmetry breaking for toral actions in simple mechanical systems
For example, random trees arise naturally in data storage algorithms [8–10], an important branch of computer science, and the maximal branch height yields the worst-case performance of data retrieval algorithms.
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
Each time two branches merge, the distance to the root increases by one (the branch height can also be viewed as the generation number).
Extremal Properties of Random Structures
In addition to the individual particle branching there is an independent branching of families of related particles (2-level branching), and this idea can be extended to higher levels of branching.
Degrees of transience and recurrence and hierarchical random walks
The Gaussian property is due to the finiteness of the variance of the branching laws. A class of infinite variances branching laws leads to stable random fields .
Degrees of transience and recurrence and hierarchical random walks
According to the construction of Tn , if In−1 = i then Tn is derived from Tn−1 by splitting Tn−1 into two branches at some point along edge σn−1,i in the canonical ordering of the edges of Tn−1 , and forming a new tree from the two branches and an extra segment of length τn − τn−1 .
Rayleigh processes, real trees, and root growth with re-grafting
The system makes a transition from one stable branch to another stable branch such that the magnetization varies smoothly across the field h1 .
Hysteresis in Ferromagnetic Random Field Ising Model with an Arbitrary Initial State
Continuous-state branching processes (or CSBP’s) were introduced by Lamperti [14, 15] as limits of rescaled branching processes.
Dual random fragmentation and coagulation and an application to the genealogy of Yule processes
The germ is said to be of first type if its criminant set has only one branch, of second type if it has exactly two branches and these branches are smooth, non vertical and transversal each other.
Simple tangential families and perestroikas of their envelopes
We may think of the colour of any given vertex as its type , and then it is an exercise in the theory of multi-type branching processes to show that T (when coloured) has the same distribution as the family-tree of a multi-type branching process with certain offspring-type distributions.
Branching Processes, and Random-Cluster Measures on Trees
In the case of increasing field, only the lower m branch is obtained in the simulations, and the discontinuity occurs at H2 where this lower branch of the s-shape curve joints the intermediate branch and disappears.
Exact calculation of the energy contributions to the T=0 random-field Ising model with metastable dynamics on the Bethe lattice
When the distinguished node on D is not the branch node, it is one or two nodes away from the branch node.
Constructing Graded Lie Algebras