To branch off, to form a branch or a separate part; to diverge. To branch out, to speak diffusively; to
extend one's discourse to other topics than the main one; also, to enlarge the scope of one's business,
To branch out into a long disputation.
(Branch), v. t.
1. To divide as into branches; to make subordinate division in.
2. To adorn with needlework representing branches, flowers, or twigs.
The train whereof loose far behind her strayed,
Branched with gold and pearl, most richly wrought.
1. That which shoots forth branches; one who shows growth in various directions.
2. (Falconry) A young hawk when it begins to leave the nest and take to the branches.
(Branch"er*y) n. A system of branches.
(||Bran"chi*a) n.; pl. Branchiæ [L., fr. Gr. pl. of .] (Anat.) A gill; a respiratory organ for breathing
the air contained in water, such as many aquatic and semiaquatic animals have.
Branchial arches, the bony or cartilaginous arches which support the gills on each side of the throat of
fishes and amphibians. See Illustration in Appendix. Branchial clefts, the openings between the
branchial arches through which water passes.
(Bran"chi*al) a. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to branchiæ or gills.
(Bran"chi*ate) a. (Anat.) Furnished with branchiæ; as, branchiate segments.
(Bran*chif"er*ous) a. (Anat.) Having gills; branchiate; as, branchiferous gastropods.
(Branch"i*ness) n. Fullness of branches.
(Branch"ing), a. Furnished with branches; shooting our branches; extending in a branch or
Shaded with branching palm.
(Branch"ing), n. The act or state of separation into branches; division into branches; a division
The sciences, with their numerous branchings.
(||Bran`chi*o*gas*trop"o*da) n. pl. [NL., from Gr. gill + E. gastropoda.] (Zoöl.)
Those Gastropoda that breathe by branchiæ, including the Prosobranchiata and Opisthobranchiata.
(Bran`chi*om"er*ism) n. [Gr. gill + -mere.] (Anat.) The state of being made up of
branchiate segments. R. Wiedersheim.
(Bran"chi*o*pod) n. One of the Branchiopoda.
(||Bran"chi*o*poda) n. pl. [Gr. gill + -poda: cf. F. branchiopode.] (Zoöl.) An order of
Entomostraca; so named from the feet of branchiopods having been supposed to perform the function
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