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noun \ˈbranch\

Simple Definition of branch

  • : 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. 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. 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. 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 play \ˈbrancht\ adjective
branch·less play \ˈbranch-ləs\ adjective
branchy play \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

Rhymes with branch




Simple Definition of branch

  • : to divide into smaller parts : to separate into branches

Full Definition of branch

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to put forth branches :  ramify

  3. 2 :  to spring out (as from a main stem) :  diverge

  4. 3 :  to be an outgrowth —used with from <poetry that branched from religious prose>

  5. 4 :  to extend activities —usually used with out <the business is branching out>

  6. 5 :  to follow one of two or more branches (as in a computer program)

  7. transitive verb
  8. 1 :  to ornament with designs of branches

  9. 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>

14th Century

First Known Use of branch

14th century

Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈbranch\

Medical Definition of branch

  1. 1:  something that extends from or enters into a main body or source <a branch of an artery>

  2. 2:  an area of knowledge that may be considered apart from related areas <pathology is a branch of medicine>

  3. branch intransitive verb
    branched \ˈbrancht\play adjective

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February 11, 2016

the holder of an office

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