branch

4 ENTRIES FOUND:

1branch

noun, often attributive \ˈbranch\

: a part of a tree that grows out from the trunk

: a local office or shop of a company or organization

: a major part of a government

Full Definition of BRANCH

1
:  a natural subdivision of a plant stem; especially :  a secondary shoot or stem (as a bough) arising from a main axis (as of a tree)
2
:  something that extends from or enters into a main body or source: as
a (1) :  a stream that flows into another usually larger stream :  tributary
(2) Southern & Midland :  creek 2
b :  a side road or way
c :  a slender projection (as the tine of an antler)
d :  a distinctive part of a mathematical curve
e :  a part of a computer program executed as a result of a program decision
3
:  a part of a complex body: as
a :  a division of a family descending from a particular ancestor
b :  an area of knowledge that may be considered apart from related areas <pathology is a branch of medicine>
c (1) :  a division of an organization
(2) :  a separate but dependent part of a central organization <the neighborhood branch of the city library>
d :  a language group less inclusive than a family <the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family>
branched \ˈbrancht\ adjective
branch·less \ˈbranch-ləs\ adjective
branchy \ˈbran-chē\ adjective

Examples of BRANCH

  1. birds singing from the branches of a tree
  2. The bank has a new branch in our area.
  3. She works at the branch office downtown.

Origin of BRANCH

Middle English, from Anglo-French branche, from Late Latin branca paw
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to BRANCH

Other Botany Terms

annual, burgeon, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem

Rhymes with BRANCH

2branch

verb

: to divide into smaller parts : to separate into branches

Full Definition of BRANCH

intransitive verb
1
:  to put forth branches :  ramify
2
:  to spring out (as from a main stem) :  diverge
3
:  to be an outgrowth —used with from <poetry that branched from religious prose>
4
:  to extend activities —usually used with out <the business is branching out>
5
:  to follow one of two or more branches (as in a computer program)
transitive verb
1
:  to ornament with designs of branches
2
:  to divide up :  section

Examples of BRANCH

  1. The stream branches from the river near their house.
  2. <threads branched from the center of the spider web>

First Known Use of BRANCH

14th century

branch

noun \ˈbranch\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BRANCH

1
: something that extends from or enters into a main body or source <a branch of an artery>
2
: an area of knowledge that may be considered apart from related areas <pathology is a branch of medicine>
branch intransitive verb
branched \ˈbrancht\ adjective

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