root and branch

Definition of root and branch

chiefly British

  1. 1 :  complete or thorough a root and branch overhaul of local schools

  2. 2 :  completely or thoroughly The laws were reformed root and branch.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the usually underground part of a seed plant body that originates usually from the hypocotyl, functions as an organ of absorption, aeration, and food storage or as a means of anchorage and support, and differs from a stem especially in lacking nodes, buds, and leaves

    :  any subterranean plant part (such as a true root or a bulb, tuber, rootstock, or other modified stem) especially when fleshy and edible

    :  the part of a tooth within the socket

  1. :  to furnish with or enable to develop roots

    :  to fix or implant by or as if by roots

    :  to grow roots or take root

  1. :  to turn up or dig in the earth with the snout :  grub

    :  to poke or dig about

  1. :  to noisily applaud or encourage a contestant or team :  cheer

    :  to wish the success of or lend support to someone or something

  1. :  a natural subdivision of a plant stem

    :  a secondary shoot or stem (such as a bough) arising from a main axis (as of a tree)

    :  something that extends from or enters into a main body or source: such as

  1. :  to put forth secondary shoots or stems :  to put forth branches (see 1branch 1) :  ramify

    :  to extend in different directions from a main part or point :  to spring out (as from a main stem) :  diverge

    :  to follow one of two or more parts of a computer program executed as a result of a program decision :  to follow one of two or more branches (see 1branch 2e)

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to cast off or become cast off

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