ETYM Old Eng. braunche, French branche, from Late Lat. branca claw of a bird or beast of prey; cf. Armor. brank branch, bough.
(Irregular plural: branches).
1. A division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant.
2. A part of a forked or branching shape; SYN. fork, leg.
3. A stream or river connected to a larger one.
4. An administrative division of some larger or more complex organization; SYN. subdivision, arm.
The difference in temperature between the set point and the actual process temperature. Also, referred to as droop.
A plate makes an inked impression on a rubber-blanketed cylinder, which in turn transfers it to the paper; SYN. offset printing.
That which shoots off or separates from a main stem, channel, family, race, etc.
Ridge of rock jutting out into a valley or plain. In mountainous areas rivers often flow around interlocking spurs because they are not powerful enough to erode through the spurs. Spurs may be eroded away by large and powerful glaciers to form truncated spurs.
1. A sharp device fixed to a rider's heel and used to urge the horse on; SYN. gad.
2. Any pointed projection; SYN. spine.
3. Tubular extension at the base of the corolla in some flowers.