bough


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bough

tree branch: They hung the swing from the largest bough.
Not to be confused with:
bow – the front section of a ship or boat; to bend the body, head, or knee as in greeting: bow to the king; submit: bow to a request

bough

 (bou)
n.
A tree branch, especially a large or main branch.

[Middle English, from Old English bōh; see bhāghu- in Indo-European roots.]

bough

(baʊ)
n
(Botany) any of the main branches of a tree
[Old English bōg arm, twig; related to Old Norse bōgr shoulder, ship's bow, Old High German buog shoulder, Greek pēkhus forearm, Sanskrit bāhu; see bow3, elbow]

bough

(baʊ)

n.
a branch of a tree, esp. one of the larger branches.
[before 1000; Middle English bogh, Old English bōg, bōh, bough]
bough′less, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bough - any of the larger branches of a treebough - any of the larger branches of a tree
tree branch, limb - any of the main branches arising from the trunk or a bough of a tree
Translations
غُصن، فَرْع
větev
gren
trjágreingrein
šaka
liels zars

bough

[baʊ] Nrama f

bough

[ˈbaʊ] nbranche f, rameau m

bough

nAst m

bough

[baʊ] nramo

bough

(bau) noun
a branch of a tree. the bough of an apple tree.
References in classic literature ?
I thought my quest had brought me into a strange old haunted forest, and that I had thrown myself down to rest at the gnarled mossy root of a great oak-tree, while all about me was nought but fantastic shapes and capricious groups of gold-green bole and bough, wondrous alleys ending in mysterious coverts, and green lanes of exquisite turf that seemed to have been laid down in expectation of some milk-white queen or goddess passing that way.
The wreath of roses, that hung from the lowest green bough of the Maypole, had been twined for them, and would be thrown over both their heads, in symbol of their flowery union.
Its little leaves were hanging tremulously, not yet so fully blown as to hide its development of bough and twig, making poetry against the spiritual tints of a spring sunset.
The meal finished, Kama replenished the fire, cut more wood for the morning, and returned to the spruce bough bed and his harness-mending.
"Oh, the mistletoe bough!" echoed all the boys, and the teasing ended in the plaintive ballad they all liked so well.
And as I watched him I felt in my own being, in my very muscles themselves, the surge and thrill of desire to go leaping from bough to bough; and I felt also the guarantee of the latent power in that being and in those muscles of mine.
We waded swiftly down it, in the dim forest light, for as much as three hundred yards, and then came across an oak with a great bough sticking out over the water.
With this cutting innuendo, Tom jumped down from his bough, and threw a stone with a "hoigh!" as a friendly attention to Yap, who had also been looking on while the eatables vanished, with an agitation of his ears and feelings which could hardly have been without bitterness.
Send no lunge beyond thy length; Lend no rotten bough thy strength.
He forbade his courtiers to frighten it, and the monkey, noticing how much attention was being paid him, sprang from bough to bough, and at length gradually approached the King, who offered him some food.
A lifeless body fell from bough to bough, and hung about twenty feet from the ground, its arms and legs swaying to and fro in the air.
"And then?" asked the Fir Tree, trembling in every bough. "And then?