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a branch library (=a small library that is controlled by a larger library)
▪ There is a good children's section in the branch library.
Special Branch
tangle of bushes/branches/vegetation etc
▪ She followed him, pushing through the dense tangle of bushes and branches.
Executive hegemony is also facilitated by institutional arrangements that combine, rather than separate, the legislative and executive branches.
▪ And that meant both the legislative and executive branches.
▪ They were subject to transfer, but the executive branch was unable to interfere with specific decisions.
▪ Before these committees existed, Congress had no way to evaluate the budget priorities given by the executive branch.
▪ The judiciary, not the executive or legislative branches, was the most powerful institution, I decided.
▪ He is paid $ 148, 400 a year to preside over what is the largest civilian agency in the executive branch.
▪ Congress and the executive branch are often too immobilized by internal problems of political survival to take action on great national questions.
▪ Another obstacle to congressional effectiveness is the communication gap between the executive and legislative branches.
▪ They were interspersed with rows of vines, whose high branches must have made the harvest very hard work.
▪ We summon them down from the highest tree branches.
▪ He had others in his grizzled russet tonsure, dropped from the higher branches as the wind stirred them.
▪ Leopards have been known to carry a kill half as heavy again as themselves high into the branches of a tree.
▪ They compete for the savings of the general public through a network of high street branches.
▪ The highest scoring branch was Chelmsford.
▪ From a leafless high branch of a dead tree the huddled heap of a kite regarded them thoughtfully.
▪ A particularly vicious back-cast entangled her cast, high in the branches of a nearby, unclimbable tree.
▪ It must pursue policies in both its judicial and executive branches that uphold an international rule of law.
▪ Congress has gone back into session and most of the judicial branch of government began its annual one-month vacation.
▪ Not withstanding these comforting words, Gerald Ford never succeeded in establishing a productive relationship with the legislative branch.
▪ And that meant both the legislative and executive branches.
▪ Executive hegemony is also facilitated by institutional arrangements that combine, rather than separate, the legislative and executive branches.
▪ The judiciary, not the executive or legislative branches, was the most powerful institution, I decided.
▪ Instead they set out to ride roughshod over the legislative branch, attempting to govern without congress rather than with it.
▪ Another obstacle to congressional effectiveness is the communication gap between the executive and legislative branches.
▪ Although the legislative branch was clearly subservient to the executive, the Supreme Court exercised power independently.
▪ The legislative branch has just chosen its leadership.
▪ Members of local branches meet in the evenings to discuss social and business matters.
▪ Once I was riding my bicycle to the local branch library.
▪ Please contact your local Eagle Star branch giving as much advance notice as possible.
▪ Alternative midland accounts and services are available to students taking these courses - please ask at your local branch for further details.
▪ It had sixty-three local branches and its pensioners numbered eighty-eight.
▪ As schemes differ it would be essential to enquire at a local branch.
▪ In her spare time Elaine does voluntary work for the local branch of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship.
▪ In some circumstances, security is not required for a loan - written requirements regarding security are available from your local branch.
▪ Suddenly it rushed at the tree, leapt on to a low branch, and ran up the trunk.
▪ Julie fell dead beneath a tree, its lower branches hacked off in the frenzied attack.
▪ He climbed on to a lower branch and tried to see in her window, but he was too low.
▪ As animals have traditionally been allowed to graze amongst them, the lower branches have been rubbed or eaten away.
▪ We cut two pecans down and pruned some large lower branches off the oak.
▪ Luckily, there were some trees by the river and Anne saw a low branch over the water.
▪ I try to hold on to a slender low branch of a birch tree.
▪ Chemists divide their subject into two main branches, organic and inorganic.
▪ Dead, ragged heads of the climbing hydrangea can be removed, cutting where the stem joins the main branch.
▪ The Command Menu shows the main branches of the command tree available.
▪ The six main branches of biblical criticism are textual, source, tradition, redaction, form and historical criticism.
▪ Only one main branch is permitted, along which shoots above branch level are spaced at a minimum of 15 centimetre intervals.
▪ Here the spreading main branches show up well against the snow.
▪ The main branch of the Bayles family farmed at New Houses.
▪ A firm looking to expand will not simply contemplate recruiting new partners or opening up new branch offices.
▪ This observation was made by a new branch manager in a securities firm.
▪ Phyllis is very particular about cleanliness, which is why she always shops at the new branch of Safeways.
▪ Until 1994, the federal McFadden Act of 1927 prevented banks from crossing state lines to open up new branches.
▪ The Bank plans to establish 170 new branches in 1990 alone.
▪ How can a retailer decide which of these offer the most profitable opportunities for new branch location?
▪ Irene had fully expected that Douglas's move to a new branch would lead to promotion, but it hadn't happened.
▪ He graciously accepted the olive branch.
▪ House Democratic officials said the message was intended as an olive branch to Rep.
▪ Mosley had offered the olive branch.
▪ But far more important than the olive branch the President waved was the sword he flourished.
▪ They gave every athlete an olive branch as a symbol of peace.
▪ Nor did the president offer much of an olive branch to the Republican majority in Congress.
▪ A charming brooch depicting a bird on an olive branch was made to his design by Carlo Giuliano, for example.
▪ For the moment, then, Jerry Jones may be willing to offer an olive branch.
▪ On every anniversary of the crash she has picked small branches from the same tree and laid them on Day's grave.
▪ Rob climbed down and watched Albert kick small branches from the gutter.
▪ Necessary jobs are helping to clear up the smaller branches and making a start on repointing the bridge itself.
▪ Their strength and inertia allowed them to chop small tree branches with ease.
▪ Your job is to clear up, first to saw those branches up, to rid all major branches of smaller branches.
▪ The union is forced to pour resources into simply maintaining the thousands of small branches which trade unionism in agriculture automatically involves.
▪ I apply stronger colours with a sponge over the top of the background to provide the smaller branches of the main tree.
▪ Raises dust and loose paper; small branches are moved.
▪ A special branch for artists, with compulsory membership, was formed in 1360.
▪ One was about the alleged involvement of the special branch.
▪ It was a very special branch in many way.
▪ I flash on the special branch: sleepless interrogations in windowless cells.
▪ Over a number of days special branch police officers picked up the activists.
▪ Only the topmost branches were still gilded by daylight, the illuminated areas shrinking as the sun dropped below the misty horizon.
▪ At first it was just a dot in the valley below, perched on the topmost branch of a lightning-blasted conifer.
▪ Across the street the topmost branches of the lime trees were tossing and swaying.
▪ Not surprisingly, the building of branch lines and the provision of freight sidings never failed to create controversy.
▪ Manchester 765 seen operating here in Heaton Park, Manchester on a former tramway branch line into the park. 3.
▪ Then she went down the branch line to Port Penrhyn.
▪ The latter is the branch line on which the mysterious ghost train was heard.
▪ West Cranmore Station Somerset typical of the rural branch lines of the country.
▪ Such branch lines are of course vulnerable to changes in output level or distribution policy of their users.
▪ A typical branch line country station complete with signal box has been created.
▪ New branch managers were generally promoted from the ranks for competence and achievements as individual contributors.
▪ Few of the bookselling groups encourage their branch managers to attend, Waterstones being the exception.
▪ He decided to find out more about the branch manager opportunity, and eventually chose to pursue it.
▪ The branch manager will ensure that the query is investigated objectively and hopefully be able to resolve the matter to your satisfaction.
▪ I realize now that when I accepted the position of branch manager that it is truly an exciting vocation.
▪ In future, less will be done through central training courses and more by individual branch managers.
▪ In Miami, one investor who had lost $ 4 million shot and killed a Merrill Lynch branch manager.
▪ A detailed Summary of Cover can be obtained from any Midland branch.
▪ These are detailed in our Current Account leaflet, a copy of which can be obtained from any Midland branch.
▪ Ask at any Midland branch for current rates.
▪ Current rates are available at all Midland branches.
▪ If you think money is going to be tight, call at your Midland branch for a chat.
▪ Please ask at your local Midland branch for full details.
▪ Please ask at any Midland branch for details of both schemes.
▪ If you need to withdraw more than £500 you can do so over the counter at your Midland branch.
▪ A firm looking to expand will not simply contemplate recruiting new partners or opening up new branch offices.
▪ When we set up our first branch office in the States, it suddenly became my problem.
▪ In addition to naming his Cabinet, Clinton also revealed his choice for key executive branch offices.
▪ Sutton identified Tizhe as a customer who frequently came into the branch office to make large overseas wire transfers.
▪ Meanwhile it opened a branch office in Boston to sell direct.
▪ Her problem was to figure out how to implement such a program without disrupting the traditional operations at the branch office.
▪ Moreover, he was in sole charge of a relatively new branch office.
▪ More customers are finding the mini-outlets safe and convenient options to the traditional branch office.
▪ Or use a flexible tree branch or heavy jacket as a flail to beat the person back.
▪ Besotted hankies can either be draped decorously on tree branches or buried.
▪ The caterpillars normally live in large communal nests in tree branches.
▪ When we landed, I saw a red mass of meat hanging off a tree branch.
▪ As a youngster, you used to train by punching raindrops as they fell off a tree branch.
▪ We summon them down from the highest tree branches.
▪ Much of it looks engagingly olde-worlde: cameras disguised as tree branches and hypodermics fitted inside fountain pens.
▪ She could walk without ever slipping on railroad tracks, across the tops offences, on swaying tree branches.
▪ Do firms close their branch plants before their headquarters?
▪ Finding joint tenants is one alternative to closing even more branches.
▪ First came the disappointing news that House of Fraser is to close its branch of Binns in the town.
▪ Until 1994, the federal McFadden Act of 1927 prevented banks from crossing state lines to open up new branches.
▪ A firm looking to expand will not simply contemplate recruiting new partners or opening up new branch offices.
▪ Peabody became the owner of Lumber Mart in 1982, opening a branch in Grand Forks in 1993.
▪ Meanwhile, last September they opened a branch of their New York gallery in Berlin.
▪ The company plans to open seven branches over the coming months.
▪ Branching out: A northern store chain is helping to open branches of a different kind.
extend/offer/hold out etc an olive branch (to sb)
root and branch
▪ A better solution is to prune roots and branches.
▪ But Staggs's Gardens had been cut up root and branch.
▪ I give my hon. Friend the absolute assurance that the Government will continue to oppose it root and branch.
▪ The roots and branches of the Suez war require an arboretum of their own.
▪ This root and branch reform of personal taxation has many attractions for those on the left.
▪ a branch of the Missouri River
▪ A swing hung from the branch of a tree.
▪ He's interested in the branch of international law that deals with war crimes.
▪ Her company has branches in Dallas and Chicago.
▪ I'm sorry, we can't change foreign currency. We're only a small branch, you see.
▪ I was told to call the branch office in New Orleans.
▪ Jimmy's from the West Virginia branch of the family.
▪ Our store has branches all over the country.
▪ The President is in charge of the executive branch of our government.
▪ Trigonometry is a branch of mathematics.
▪ You can deposit money at any branch of the Northwest Pacific Bank.
▪ And so does riding a bicycle, with many protruding branches to track and avoid.
▪ By craning his neck, Gao Yang caught a glimpse of sky through a fork in the branches.
▪ He went on to experiment with how far a branch could be extended in any one direction before the tree tipped over.
▪ More details can be obtained from a Barclays branch.
▪ She could walk without ever slipping on railroad tracks, across the tops offences, on swaying tree branches.
▪ The Constitution of the Brothers branch is presently being re-cast.
▪ The length of the branches indicates the relative distance between the species.
▪ The trigger fish feeds on coral, crunching the stony branches and extracting the little polyps.
▪ Tunnels branched off to right and left: these led to other pill-boxes.
▪ The change of light and darkness, and the tunnels branching off sideways fascinated me.
▪ However, baby universes branching off and joining on will affect the apparent value of the cosmological constant.
▪ She followed this until it branched off.
▪ Nor do they branch off at acute angles or form perfect oblongs.
▪ The road serving Kinlochbervie is linked to the A.838, branching off at Rhiconich.
▪ It branched off opposite a small village, a satellite of Reggane, almost where I had begun walking.
▪ Since then the Docklands Light Railway has branched off the network to serve the redeemed areas of London's east river.
▪ Basically, I figured that this was my ticket to at least branching out a little bit.
▪ The gallery at the top formed a semicircle with wings branching out on either side.
▪ Then I branched out into a new area.
▪ The Journal has branched out into radio and television.
▪ From Silkstone we need to branch out to other parts of the Yorkshire coalfield.
▪ He cooked for himself and for others, eventually branching out to jobs as a wine clerk and private chef.
▪ Tupac Amaru, which at its peak numbered about 1, 000 fighters, soon branched out into Mafiastyle crime.
▪ They starred in comic strips and branched out into radio.
▪ Turn off where the road branches to the right.
▪ Basically, I figured that this was my ticket to at least branching out a little bit.
▪ However, x 3 is not now required to be an integer so we can only branch on x 1.
▪ The basic tree consists of a network branching out from an initial decision of whether or not to undertake the project.
▪ The Journal has branched out into radio and television.
▪ The lightning was the forked kind and it branched suddenly like a firework and yet like the limb of a blazing tree.
▪ The small stems are irregularly branched, with the leaves arranged in two rows.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Branch \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.''

    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 \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 \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.

    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, etc.

    To branch out into a long disputation.


Branch \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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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," which is of unknown origin, probably from Gaulish. The connecting notion would be the shape (compare 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.


n. 1 The woody part of a tree arising from the trunk and usually dividing. 2 Any of the parts of something that divides like the branch of a tree. 3 (context geometry English) One of the portions of a curve that extends outwards to an indefinitely great distance. 4 A location of an organization with several locations. 5 A line of family descent, in distinction from some other line or lines from the same stock; any descendant in such a line. 6 (context Mormonism English) A local congregation of the LDS Church that is not large enough to form a ward; see http://en.wikipedi

  1. org/wiki/Ward%20(LDS%20Church). 7 An area in business or of knowledge, research. v

  2. 1 (context intransitive English) To arise from the trunk or a larger branch of a tree. 2 (context intransitive English) To produce branches. 3 (context intransitive English) To divide into separate parts or subdivisions. 4 (context intransitive computing English) To jump to a different location in a program, especially as the result of a conditional statement.

  1. v. grow and send out branches or branch-like structures; "these plants ramify early and get to be very large" [syn: ramify]

  2. divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork; "The road forks" [syn: ramify, fork, furcate, separate]

  1. n. an administrative division of some larger or more complex organization; "a branch of Congress" [syn: subdivision, arm]

  2. a division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant

  3. a part of a forked or branching shape; "he broke off one of the branches"; "they took the south fork" [syn: fork, leg, ramification]

  4. a natural consequence of development [syn: outgrowth, offshoot, offset]

  5. a stream or river connected to a larger one

  6. any projection that is thought to resemble an arm; "the arm of the record player"; "an arm of the sea"; "a branch of the sewer" [syn: arm, limb]

Branch, AR -- U.S. city in Arkansas
Population (2000): 357
Housing Units (2000): 155
Land area (2000): 3.565727 sq. miles (9.235191 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.001730 sq. miles (0.004480 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 3.567457 sq. miles (9.239671 sq. km)
FIPS code: 08440
Located within: Arkansas (AR), FIPS 05
Location: 35.308482 N, 93.955690 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 72928
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Branch, AR
Branch -- U.S. County in Michigan
Population (2000): 45787
Housing Units (2000): 19822
Land area (2000): 507.412060 sq. miles (1314.191146 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 12.078135 sq. miles (31.282225 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 519.490195 sq. miles (1345.473371 sq. km)
Located within: Michigan (MI), FIPS 26
Location: 41.926246 N, 85.051147 W
Branch, MI
Branch County
Branch County, MI

A branch ( or , ) or tree branch (sometimes referred to in botany as a ramus) is a woody structural member connected to but not part of the central trunk of a tree (or sometimes a shrub). Large branches are known as boughs and small branches are known as twigs.

While branches can be nearly horizontal, vertical, or diagonal, the majority of trees have upwardly diagonal branches.

The term " twig" often refers to a terminus, while "bough" refers only to branches coming directly from the trunk.

Branch (disambiguation)

A branch is a part of a woody plant.

Branch or branching may also refer to:

Branch (computer science)

A branch is an instruction in a computer program that can cause a computer to begin executing a different instruction sequence and thus deviate from its default behavior of executing instructions in order. Branch (or branching, branched) may also refer to the act of switching execution to a different instruction sequence as a result of executing a branch instruction. A branch instruction can be either an unconditional branch, which always results in branching, or a conditional branch, which may or may not cause branching, depending on some condition. Branch instructions are used to implement control flow in program loops and conditionals (i.e., executing a particular sequence of instructions only if certain conditions are satisfied).

Branch (banking)

A branch, banking center or financial center is a retail location where a bank, credit union, or other financial institution (and by extension, brokerage firms) offers a wide array of face-to-face and automated services to its customers.

Branch (Christ)
  1. redirect Branch (disambiguation)#Religion
Branch (instruction)
Branch (surname)

An Irish surname. A variant of McBreach, Breach, and McBranch.

Branch is a surname that may refer to:

  • Arthur Branch, a fictional character appearing in the Law & Order franchise
  • Christopher Branch (circa 1600-1682), early American colonist
  • Cliff Branch (born 1948), retired American football player
  • Dave Branch, American mixed martial arts fighter
  • David Branch (born 1948), Commissioner of the Ontario Hockey League
  • Emmett Forrest Branch (1874-1932), governor of the U.S. state of Indiana
  • Frank Branch (born 1944), Canadian politician
  • Graham Branch (born 1972), English professional footballer
  • John Branch, Jr. (1782–1863), U.S. Senator, Secretary of the Navy, governor of North Carolina, and territorial governor of Florida
  • Lawrence O'Bryan Branch (1820-1862), Confederate General and Representative from North Carolina
  • Michael Branch (born 1978), English professional footballer
  • Michelle Branch (born 1983), American singer, songwriter and guitarist
  • Vanessa Branch (born 1973), British actress and model
Branch (hieroglyph)

The ancient Egyptian Branch hieroglyph, also called a Stick, is a member of the trees and plants hieroglyphs.

The branch is an Egyptian language biliteral with the value (kh)t, (khet)-(ḫt); it is an ideogram-( determinative), for wood, tree, and the linear measure (=100 cubits). The hieroglyph is described as a branch without leaves.

Usage examples of "branch".

Gu suggested that each Lodge should affiliate with the branch of the province in which it was located.

She stalked on and shortly came to the Tube branch leading to her allotment, and went down to see how her own crops were doing.

The sexual organs are developed in groups at the apices, the antheridial group usually terminating the main axis while the archegonia are borne on a lateral branch.

She yanked out the rest of the flowers in the arrangement and started from scratch, using a single crimson anthurium and three nearly bare branches.

Uncle Sam was called to fight for humanity, and only an approximation of the condition can be made, for about two-thirds of the National Guard had been taken into the regular service incident to the trouble with Mexico, when the Guardsmen were summoned to the border to protect the country, and recruiting was proceeding in all branches of the service to bring all the regiments up to a war footing.

Follow the main arroyo, take the first right-hand branch you come to, and wait there for me.

It has required that appointees be representative of a political party, of an industry, of a geographic region, or of a particular branch of the Government.

By studying both fossil and living archosaurus, paleontologists have shown that the archosaurs split into two branches, or lineages, in the Early Triassic.

Branch or no Branch, if someone more cunning than she had gained access then they could debate their cleverness with Assh and Frey first.

Block Fixings -- Astragal Joints -- Pipe Fixings -- Large Branch Joints -- Large Underhand Joints -- Solders -- Autogenous Soldering or Lead Burning -- Index.

She was also tutored at the appropriate age in astrography, galactic history, various branches of the physical sciences, the workings of the Vegan civic administrational structure, and basic legal precepts.

She kept up with the discussions, but to her this branch of astrophysics was like a French Impressionist painting of a cow: suggestive, artful maybe, but some things never looked quite right and it was in the end not a reliable source of nourishing milk.

From his right hand sprouted thin branches hung with miniature autumnal leaves.

This stairway forked at the top, a small flight leading to the door of an entrance into the cave dwelling, while two or three steps branched outward to a ledge skirting the stone balustrade of the balcony.

Trailing shoots of the bougainvillea swayed in the night breeze, and a branch of Banksia roses struck him, the clusters of blossom making a scented rain upon his face.