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.

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.]

Heart-burning brame.

(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, chaff.]

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.
W. Irving.

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.

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