from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Without branches, continuing in a single path or piece. Without divergence.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Destitute of branches or shoots; without any valuable product; barren; naked.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Destitute of branches or shoots; barren; bare; naked.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having no branches
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ING Direct was one of the first banks to popularize the idea of branchless banking, and they have historically offered great interest rates.
Now, the idea of living in a tree has a certain appeal but "branchless"?
On occasion they face peril, if not great inconvenience: wind spouts, branchless trees, and imprisonment in geometrically structured environments that resemble Versailles tended to by Le Corbusier and the Marquis de Sade.
Fundamo has a platform that enables the delivery of mobile financial services to unbanked and under-banked customers around the world, including person-to-person payments, airtime top-up, bill payment and branchless banking services.
Still remaining are the constant reminders of the devastation left behind; trees left in branchless tangles, roofless shambles of hand-laid stone foundations of once century-old structures, empty weed-filled lots, the constant traffic and beeping of backhoes, and the bare slab foundations of what were once homes but now have only haunting stairways leading down to what were once basements that, luckily, saved the lives of many local residents.
The night was damp and thick; transformers crackled on top of their branchless perches.
Mobile phones and branchless banking give people in even the most remote areas access to financial services.
Dr Nachiket Mor, former President of ICICI Foundation, argues that the KGFS model, with comprehensive financial services tailored and delivered in a branch by human experts, aided by modern technology and financial engineering models, provides a better solution to the problem of providing Financial Access to the poor than the branchless banking model that I wrote about in my blog.
My instinct is that if the branchless banking model could be scaled up dramatically, perhaps by integrating with Financial Access at Birth initiative, then the costs are likely to fall substantially and large masses of the poor that were excluded from formal financial services could first be included with basic financial services.
His worry is that branchless banking models still rely heavily on people and therefore cost savings are not as great as are often touted.