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branch

noun, often attributive \ ˈbranch \

Definition of branch

1 botany :a natural subdivision of a plant stem; especially :a secondary shoot or stem (such as a bough) arising from a main axis (as of a tree)
  • pruning the tree's lower branches
  • a swing mounted on a tree branch
2 :something that extends from or enters into a main body or source: such as
a (1) :a stream that flows into another usually larger stream :tributary
  • the river's smaller branches
(2) Southern & Midland :creek 2
b :a side road or way
  • the railroad's branch line
c :a slender projection (such as the tine of an antler)
  • the branches of a menorah
d mathematics :a distinctive part of a mathematical curve (see 3curve 1a(2))
e computers :a part of a computer program executed as a result of a program decision
3 :a part of a complex body: such as
a :a division of a family descending from a particular ancestor
  • the Iranian branch of the family
b :an area of knowledge that may be considered apart from related areas
  • orthopedics and other branches of medicine
  • syntax is a branch of linguistics
c (1) :a division of an organization
  • a branch of the armed services
  • the government's legislative and executive branches
(2) :a separate but dependent part of a central organization
  • the neighborhood branch of the city library
d linguistics :a language group less inclusive than a family (see 1family 4c)
  • the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family

branched

play \ˈbrancht\ adjective

branchless

play \ˈbranch-ləs\ adjective

branchy

play \ˈbran-chē\ adjective

Examples of branch in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of branch

Middle English, from Anglo-French branche, from Late Latin branca paw

branch Synonyms

Synonyms
bough, limb
Antonyms
distributary, effluent
Related Words
branchlet, offshoot, outgrowth, shoot, spur; spray, sprig, twig

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branch

verb

Definition of branch

intransitive verb
1 botany :to put forth secondary shoots or stems :to put forth branches (see 1branch 1) :ramify
  • an elm branching out over the rooftop
2 :to extend in different directions from a main part or point :to spring out (as from a main stem) :diverge
  • where the spring branches off from the river
3 :to develop or derive from a source :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 into formal wear
5 computers :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)
transitive verb
1 :to ornament with designs of branches (see 1branch 1)
  • branched velvet
2 :to divide up :section

Examples of branch in a Sentence

  1. The stream branches from the river near their house.

  2. threads branched from the center of the spider web

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Origin and Etymology of branch



BRANCH Defined for English Language Learners

branch

noun

Definition of branch for English Language Learners

  • : 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


branch

verb

Definition of branch for English Language Learners

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


BRANCH Defined for Kids

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branch

noun \ ˈbranch \

Definition of branch for Students

1 :a part of a tree that grows out from the trunk or from a main division of the trunk
2 :something extending from a main line or body like a branch
  • a branch of a railroad
3 :a division or subordinate part of something
  • a branch of government
  • The bank opened a new branch.

branched

\ˈbrancht\ adjective

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branch

verb

Definition of branch for Students

branched; branching
:to spread or divide into smaller or attached parts :send out a branch
  • It was a long corridor and it branched into other corridors …
  • —Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Medical Dictionary

branch

noun \ ˈbranch \

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

play \ˈbrancht\ adjective

Law Dictionary

branch

noun

legal Definition of branch

:a part of a complex body: as
a :one of the three main divisions of the U.S. or a state government — see also executive, judiciary, legislature
b :a division of a business or organization
  • an insurer's branch office
— see also branch bank at bank


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