branch off

Definition of branch off

:to separate from something and move in a different direction
  • The stream branched off to the left.
often + from
  • Streets branch off from both sides of the highway.

Word by Word Definitions

branch play
  1. : a natural subdivision of a plant stem

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

  3. : a stream that flows into another usually larger stream : tributary

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

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

  3. : to develop or derive from a source : to be an outgrowth

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

  1. used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest


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