brachiate

brachiate
brachiate [brā′kē āt΄, brak′ēāt΄; ] for adj. usually [, brāk′ēit, brak′ēit]
adj.
[< BRACHIO- + -ATE1]
having widely spreading branches, alternately arranged
vi.
brachiated, brachiating
to swing arm over arm from one hold to the next, as certain apes and monkeys do
brachiation
n.
brachiator
n.

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  • Brachiate — Brach i*ate, a. [L. brachiatus (bracch ) with boughs or branches like arms, from brackium (bracch ) arm.] (Bot.) Having branches in pairs, decussated, all nearly horizontal, and each pair at right angles with the next, as in the maple and lilac.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brachiate — intransitive verb ( ated; ating) Date: 1928 to progress by swinging from hold to hold by the arms < a brachiating gibbon > • brachiation noun • brachiator noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • brachiate — adj. /bray kee it, ayt , brak ee /; v. /bray kee ayt , brak ee /, adj., v., brachiated, brachiating. adj. 1. Bot. having widely spreading branches in alternate pairs. 2. Zool. having arms. v.i. 3. to progress by means of brachiation. [1825 35; …   Universalium

  • brachiate — 1. adjective /ˈbrækɪət/ Having decussate branches. 2. verb /ˈbrækɪət/ To move like a brachiator; to swing from branch to branch, advance by brachiation. ...brachiating from handhold to handhold like chimpanzees in a jungle. <!should bronchi be …   Wiktionary

  • brachiate — To belch. Hey! No brachiating in the locker room! …   Dictionary of american slang

  • brachiate — To belch. Hey! No brachiating in the locker room! …   Dictionary of american slang

  • brachiate — bra·chi·ate || breɪkɪeɪt adj. armed, branched …   English contemporary dictionary

  • brachiate — verb brakɪeɪt (of apes) swing from branch to branch by the arms. adjective brakɪət, breɪk Biology 1》 branched. 2》 having arms. Derivatives brachiation noun brachiator noun Origin C18: from L. brachium arm + ate2 …   English new terms dictionary

  • brachiate — brach·i·ate …   English syllables

  • brachiate — bra•chi•ate adj. [[t]ˈbreɪ ki ɪt, ˌeɪt, ˈbræk i [/t]] v. [[t] ˌeɪt[/t]] adj. v. at•ed, at•ing 1) bot bot having widely spreading branches in alternate pairs 2) zool. Zool. having arms 3) zool. to progress by means of brachiation • Etymology:… …   From formal English to slang

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