What is branch?

What Does branch Mean

The first meaning of the term branch mentioned by the Royal Spanish Academy ( RAE ) in its dictionary refers to the various ends that make up a braid , a rope or a rope . The concept, however, has several other uses.

The halter that is attached to the head of an animal and the sections of a ladder that join in the same horizontal sector are also called a branch. On the other hand, the segment that originates from the main line of a ditch, a mine or a road is called a branch .
The notion of branch line, in this context, also appears in the railway field. This is the name of a road that is secondary to the most important, being linked to it through an external point.

A railway branch , in short, is a subsidiary line of the main one. Its purpose is usually to link places that are distant from the trunk line.
Branches allow you to extend a line beyond its end, link two tracks or shorten a route, for example. They generally don't have many stations.
There are several types of railway branches, among which the following stand out:
* connecting branch : it is built to join a city with a trunk line. There are various examples, in different parts of the world. In Brazil we have the Ribeirão Bonito (which connected the municipality of San Carlos with the trunk line of the Paulista Company ) and the Piracicaba (to join the homonymous city with the Paulista Company). In Portugal, on the other hand, there is the one of Tomar , thanks to which the city of Tomar and the Northern Line are joined;
* special branch : unlike the others, this one has only one station . We find examples of this type of branch in the so-called private ones , which are built to join large commercial or industrial units with the main line, among other options. The Hipódromo Branch and the National Stadium Branch , from Brazil and Portugal respectively, belong to this group;
* Shortcut branch : as its name indicates, it is used to shorten the route of a certain section. In Brazil and Portugal we find the Suzano-Ribeirão Pires and the Variante de Alcácer do Sal , respectively. Note the term variant , used in the Portuguese railway slang to refer to the branch that has two bifurcations (those of three are known by the name of concordance ).

The urban bus or collective transport lines may also have branches. In these cases, the vehicles all leave from the same place, but then the route they follow changes according to the branch. Thus they cover a greater number of destinations and reach more areas.
As a separate note, we must mention that the term branch is part of a set phrase, in which it should not be interpreted literally; we refer to a ramal y media manta , an adverbial phrase that should be interpreted as "with poverty and scarcity."
The species of shrub whose scientific name is salix atrocinerea is also known as zalce, ash willow or ramal . It belongs to the Salicaceae family, it can reach 22 meters in height and its branches are elongated. Its leaves can have teeth of an appreciable thickness although not very pronounced, or be whole, but all have their nerves in sight and their texture is rough. It generally grows in cool soils, on sand or gravel bases, near streams and rivers.
Finally, Marcelo Ramal is an Argentine political leader and economist. Between 2013 and 2017, he was a legislator for the City of Buenos Aires for the Left and Workers' Front .

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