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BRANCH. This is a metaphorical expression, which designates, in the genealogy of a numerous family, a portion of that family which has sprang from the same root or stock; these latter expressions, like the first, are also metaphorical.
     2. The whole of a genealogy is often called the genealogical tree; and sometimes it is made to take the form of a tree, which is in the first place divided into as many branches as there are children, afterwards into as many branches as there are grand-children, then of great grandchildren, &c. If, for example, it be desired to have a genealogical tree of Peter's family, Peter will be made the trunk of the tree; if he has had two children, John and James, their names will be written on the first two branches; which will themselves shoot out as many smaller branches as John and James have children; from these other's proceed, till the whole family is represented on the tree; thus the origin, the application, and the use of the word branch in genealogy will be at once perceived.

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Locals tied clothes together and broke branches off trees to try and save the dying boy.
My job is always to stay on the ground as he ties large branches off, waiting to pull them in the direction they need to go to land perfectly .
Use the loppers to prune branches off any type of tree, clean up fallen limbs, clear brush, and chop up firewood; branches can be cut right on the ground, since the tool doesn't need clearance.
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For example, he bought talking Christmas trees, pulled the branches off and turned them into singing pumpkins.
It's as if they have, again, a finished, polished text, but one that branches off in many different ways on different readings and suggests the many ways the text--and any text--can be written.
The accident site is close to an interchange where the expressway branches off, leading to the Banetsu Expressway and the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway.
The flowers and branches are at the top, so my husband decided to cut the branches off lower down to leave a bare trunk of about 5ft.