Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having arms or armlike appendages.
  • intransitive verb To move by swinging with the arms from one hold to another, as certain apes do.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In botany, having widely spreading branches arranged in alternate pairs, or decussate; furnished with brachia.
  • In zoology: Having brachia of any kind; brachiferous. Specifically, of or pertaining to the Brachiata.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Bot.) Having branches in pairs, decussated, all nearly horizontal, and each pair at right angles with the next, as in the maple and lilac.

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  • verb intransitive To move like a brachiator; to swing from branch to branch, advance by brachiation.
  • adjective Having decussate branches.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having arms or armlike appendages
  • verb swing from one hold to the next
  • adjective having widely spreading paired branches

Etymologies

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

[Latin brācchiātus, from brācchium, arm. V., from New Latin brāchiāre, brāchiāt-, from brācchium; see brachium.]

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Back-formation from brachiator.

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From Latin brachiatus, from brachium ‘arm, branch’.

Examples

  • Kitty has promised her 11-year-old daughter, Marina, money toward her Girl Scout camping trip if she will teach her brother how to “brachiate.”

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  • So, did you walk to this party or did you brachiate?

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  • Around the circular pit were crowded all the races of Garden, or rather, all those races which had not been ex­terminated resisting the evil Wizards: the hooded Druids, brachiate tree dwellers from the Great Forest, a band of fuzzies in their bright orange robes, many lizard soldiers hissing and laughing and shouting, stubby little Marsh Folk, and hundreds of mutants.

    Prayers To Broken Stones

  • Around the circular pit were crowded all the races of Garden, or rather, all those races which had not been ex­terminated resisting the evil Wizards: the hooded Druids, brachiate tree dwellers from the Great Forest, a band of fuzzies in their bright orange robes, many lizard soldiers hissing and laughing and shouting, stubby little Marsh Folk, and hundreds of mutants.

    Prayers To Broken Stones

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  • "The missiles hit their target display the effective power of the brachiate forces."

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  • Venezuela spent $4.4 1000000000 in weapons purchases from 2003 to 2006 to modernize its brachiate forces, according to a inform by the U.S.

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  • We've all descended from a common ancestor, but, as Homo sapiens, we no longer brachiate through trees and have long abandoned our stone tools for Blackberrys and iPods.

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  • from Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear:

    "Don't look now, but we're brachiating."

    "In public?"

    June 17, 2013