twig


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twig

(twig),
One of the finer terminal branches of an artery; a small branch or small ramus.
[A.S.]

twig

(twig) a final ramification, as of branches of a nerve or blood vessel.

twig

The final branch of a structure such as a nerve or vessel.
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She eluded the grasp of the savage, and reckless of her own safety, threw herself on the bosom of Alice, striving with convulsed and ill-directed fingers, to tear asunder the twigs which confined the person of her sister.
Princess Parizade took the pitcher, and, carrying with her besides the cage the twig and the flask, returned down the mountain side.
Suddenly a twig crackled and they sprang to their feet and seized their weapons.
He next gathered dry twigs and leaves and made a fire, upon which he threw certain drugs and dried herbs which he had brought in his basket.
A little leaf tap-tap-tapped furiously against a twig, as a single leaf caught in a current will.
Each pendent twig and leafy festoon was in a blaze.
He looked at the forest on the bank of the stream, saw the individual trees, the leaves and the veining of each leaf -- he saw the very insects upon them: the locusts, the brilliant bodied flies, the gray spiders stretching their webs from twig to twig.
When I came to I found that it was still bleeding, so I tied one end of my handkerchief very tightly round the wrist and braced it up with a twig.
Then his rather dreary eye strayed to the green and prickly growths round the well, growths of that curious cactus formation in which one thick leaf grows directly out of the other without stalk or twig.
A red blind had been pulled down over the light, but pulled crookedly, so that it gaped on one side, and by risking his neck along a branch that looked as treacherous as a twig, Flambeau could just see Colonel Dubosc walking about in a brilliantly-lighted and luxurious bedroom.
No more did Numa roar forth a rumbling challenge to the world but rather he moved silent and grim, stepping softly that no cracking twig might betray his presence to the keen-eared quarry he sought.
At first they could not break it, but when they took it twig by twig they broke it easily.