Branch-off



Diverge, subdivide, as in It’s the house on the left, just after the road branches off, or English and Dutch branched off from an older parent language, West Germanic. This term alludes to a tree’s growth pattern, in which branches grow in separate directions from the main trunk. [ Second half of 1800s ]
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  • Branch–out

    a division or subdivision of the stem or axis of a tree, shrub, or other plant. a limb, offshoot, or ramification of any main stem: the branches of a deer’s antlers. any member or part of a body or system; a section or subdivision: the various branches of learning. a local operating division of a […]

  • Branch-point

    Electricity. a point in an electric network at which three or more conductors meet. Mathematics. a point such that analytic continuation of a given function of a complex variable in a small neighborhood of the point produces a different functional value at the point.



  • Branch-prediction

    branch prediction processor, algorithm A technique used in some processors with instruction prefetch to guess whether a conditional branch will be taken or not and prefetch code from the appropriate location. When a branch instruction is executed, its address and that of the next instruction executed (the chosen destination of the branch) are stored in […]

  • Branch-rickey

    (Wesley) Branch, 1881–1965, U.S. baseball executive. noun a cocktail consisting of gin or vodka, lime juice, and soda water, served iced: a gin rickey n. And as long as there is thirst and limes, or lemons and gin, so long will the Honorable Joe Rickey be remembered in Missouri and his famous beverage tickle the […]



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