Definition of branched in US English:



  • 1(of a tree or plant) having parts that grow out from the trunk or from a bough.

    ‘a tall, branched plant with flowers’
    in combination ‘many trees are bare-branched already’
    • ‘This is a fine, branched root system with many root hairs and lateral roots, with no taproot.’
    • ‘The company performs within an amphitheater of stark, branched miniature tree skeletons painted white.’
    • ‘The short-branched members from closely related species usually clustered together, whereas long-branched members tended to form one or several lineage-specific groups.’
    • ‘It has an erect woody stem, brown or reddish-brown bark, and highly branched saplings.’
    • ‘This large, coarse, branched plant can grow up to nine feet.’
    • ‘The tines will penetrate deep enough in soft soil to get under the branched roots and pull out the small corn seedlings.’
    • ‘Leaves are small and scale-like with many divisions on slender highly branched green stems.’
    • ‘An umbel is a branched floral structure resembling an (upside-down) umbrella.’
    • ‘The branched stems are waxy with purple blotches and are hollow between nodes.’
    • ‘The panicles are loosely branched, purplish, and hairy.’
    1. 1.1 Having lateral extensions or subdivisions extending from the main part.
      ‘the elaborate branched antlers of the stag’
      ‘a branched network’
      • ‘These three branched chain amino acids are immediately processed by skeletal muscle into glucose for energy during endurance exercise.’
      • ‘The chemists use slime to demonstrate how branched molecules can make gels.’
      • ‘Completely white under the Mediterranean sun, the external ribs that slope southward are supported by five branched pillars that the architect refers to as "trees."’
      • ‘Analyses revealed the presence of several different branched fatty acids.’
      • ‘Fragments of a thin-branched coral were collected from the upper part of the section.’
      • ‘The seven-branched candelabrum represents the days of creation.’
      • ‘Darwin's "great tree," supplemented by a complex, branched diagram, made his claims more believable, conveyed through a familiar narrative.’
      • ‘Families are encouraged to take piped water into their homes via looped networks instead of branched ones, to equalize water pressure.’
      • ‘Starch is a granular crystal comprising two kinds of polysaccharide, a linear form and a branched form.’
      • ‘Under the plasma membrane is a network of short, branched filaments.’