Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A branching out, as of a mountain range or river.
  • n. A branch or ramification.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A branching forth, as of trees for example.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The branching forth, as of trees.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A branching out, as of trees; ramification; division.

Etymologies

Compare French embranchement. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There was no crust of stalagmite overlying the mud in which the human skeleton was found, and no bones of other animals in the mud with the skeleton; but just before our visit in 1860 the tusk of a bear had been met with in some mud in a lateral embranchment of the cave, in a situation precisely similar to b, Figure 1, and on a level corresponding with that of the human skeleton.

    The Antiquity of Man

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