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dis- +‎ branch


disbranch (third-person singular simple present disbranches, present participle disbranching, simple past and past participle disbranched)

  1. (transitive) To divest of a branch or branches.
    • 1761, John Mordant, The Complete Steward
      There is no tree admits of transplantation so well as the Elm, for a tree of twenty years growth will admit of a remove. Mr. Evelyn says, he has removed them twice as big as a man's waist ; but then they were totally disbranched, the top being left only intire []
  2. (intransitive) To tear away; to break off.
    • William Shakespeare, King Lear
      She that herself will sliver and disbranch
      From her material sap, perforce must wither,
      And come to deadly use.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for disbranch in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)