Brambly to Brass
(Bram"bly) a. Pertaining to, resembling, or full of, brambles. "In brambly wildernesses." Tennyson.
(Brame) n. [Cf. Breme.] Sharp passion; vexation. [Obs.]
(Bra"min Bra*min"ic) etc. See Brahman, Brachmanic, etc.
(Bran) n. [OE. bren, bran, OF. bren, F. bran, from Celtic; cf. Armor. brenn, Ir. bran, bran,
1. The broken coat of the seed of wheat, rye, or other cereal grain, separated from the flour or meal by
sifting or bolting; the coarse, chaffy part of ground grain.
2. (Zoöl.) The European carrion crow.
(Bran"card) n. [F.] A litter on which a person may be carried. [Obs.] Coigrave.
(Branch) n.; pl. Branches [OE. braunche, F. branche, fr. LL. branca claw of a bird or beast
of prey; cf. Armor. brank branch, bough.]
1. (Bot.) A shoot or secondary stem growing from the main stem, or from a principal limb or bough of
a tree or other plant.
2. Any division extending like a branch; any arm or part connected with the main body of thing; ramification; as,
the branch of an antler; the branch of a chandelier; a branch of a river; a branch of a railway.
Most of the branches , or streams, were dried up.
3. Any member or part of a body or system; a distinct article; a section or subdivision; a department. "Branches
of knowledge." Prescott.
It is a branch and parcel of mine oath.
4. (Geom.) One of the portions of a curve that extends outwards to an indefinitely great distance; as,
the branches of an hyperbola.
5. A line of family descent, in distinction from some other line or lines from the same stock; any descendant
in such a line; as, the English branch of a family.
His father, a younger branch of the ancient stock.
6. (Naut.) A warrant or commission given to a pilot, authorizing him to pilot vessels in certain waters.
Branches of a bridle, two pieces of bent iron, which bear the bit, the cross chains, and the curb.
Branch herring. See Alewife. Root and branch , totally, wholly.
Syn. Bough; limb; shoot; offshoot; twig; sprig.
(Branch) a. Diverging from, or tributary to, a main stock, line, way, theme, etc.; as, a branch
vein; a branch road or line; a branch topic; a branch store.
(Branch), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Branched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Branching.]
1. To shoot or spread in branches; to separate into branches; to ramify.
2. To divide into separate parts or subdivision.