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branch

[branch, brahnch]
noun
1.
a division or subdivision of the stem or axis of a tree, shrub, or other plant.
2.
a limb, offshoot, or ramification of any main stem: the branches of a deer's antlers.
3.
any member or part of a body or system; a section or subdivision: the various branches of learning.
4.
a local operating division of a business, library, or the like.
5.
a line of family descent stemming from a particular ancestor, as distinguished from some other line or lines from the same stock; a division of a family.
6.
a tributary stream or any stream that is not a large river or a bayou.
7.
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. branch water ( def 2 ).
8.
Linguistics. (in the classification of related languages within a family) a category of a lower order than a subfamily and of a higher order than a subbranch or a group, as the Germanic branch of Indo-European. Compare group ( def 4a ).
9.
Computers. a point in a computer program where the computer selects one of two or more instructions to execute, according to some criterion.
10.
Nautical. a warrant or license permitting a pilot to navigate in certain waters.
verb (used without object)
11.
to put forth branches; spread in branches.
12.
to divide into separate parts or subdivisions; diverge: The main road branches off to the left.
13.
to expand or extend, as business activities: The bank has plans to branch throughout the state.
verb (used with object)
14.
to divide into branches or sections.
15.
to adorn with needlework; decorate with embroidery, as in textile fabrics.
Verb phrases
16.
branch out, to expand or extend, as business activities, pursuits, interests, etc.: The business is branching out into computers.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English bra(u)nche < Anglo-French; Old French branche < Late Latin branca paw, of uncertain origin

branchless, adjective
branchlike, adjective
interbranch, adjective
multibranched, adjective
outbranch, verb (used with object)
unbranched, adjective
unbranching, adjective
underbranch, noun
well-branched, adjective

bough, bow, branch (see synonym study at the current entry).


1. offshoot, shoot. Branch, bough, limb refer to divisions of a tree. Branch is general, meaning either a large or a small division. Bough refers only to the larger branches: a bough loaded with apples. A limb is a large primary division of a tree trunk or of a bough: to climb out on a limb. 12. ramify, subdivide.
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branch (brɑːntʃ)
 
n
1.  a secondary woody stem arising from the trunk or bough of a tree or the main stem of a shrub
2.  a subdivision of the stem or root of any other plant
3.  an offshoot or secondary part: a branch of a deer's antlers
4.  a.  a subdivision or subsidiary section of something larger or more complex: branches of learning; branch of the family
 b.  (as modifier): a branch office
5.  (US) any small stream
6.  maths a section of a curve separated from the rest of the curve by discontinuities or special points
7.  computing Also called: jump a departure from the normal sequence of programmed instructions into a separate program area
8.  an alternative route in an atomic or nuclear decay series
 
vb (usually foll by from) (often foll by off)
9.  (intr) (of a tree or other plant) to produce or possess branches
10.  (of stems, roots, etc) to grow and diverge (from another part)
11.  to divide or be divided into subsidiaries or offshoots
12.  to diverge from the main way, road, topic, etc
 
[C13: from Old French branche, from Late Latin branca paw, foot]
 
'branchless
 
adj
 
'branchlike
 
adj
 
'branchy
 
adj

branch out
 
vb (often foll by into)
to expand or extend one's interests: our business has branched out into computers now

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Word Origin & History

branch
c.1300, "limb of a tree" (also used of things analogous to it, especially geographic features), from O.Fr. branche "branch, bough, twig; branch of a family" (12c.), from L.L. branca "footprint," later "a claw, paw," of unknown origin, probably from Gaulish. The connecting notion would be the shape.
Replaced native bough. Meaning "local office of a business" is first recorded 1817, from earlier sense of "component part of a system" (1690s). The verb meaning "to diverge from a central point" is first attested 1799. Related: Branched; branching.
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Medical Dictionary

branch (brānch)
n.
An offshoot or a division of the main portion of a structure, especially that of a nerve, blood vessel, or lymphatic vessel; a ramus.

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Bible Dictionary

Branch definition


a symbol of kings descended from royal ancestors (Ezek. 17:3, 10; Dan. 11:7); of prosperity (Job 8:16); of the Messiah, a branch out of the root of the stem of Jesse (Isa. 11:1), the "beautiful branch" (4:2), a "righteous branch" (Jer. 23:5), "the Branch" (Zech. 3:8; 6:12). Disciples are branches of the true vine (John 15:5, 6). "The branch of the terrible ones" (Isa. 25:5) is rightly translated in the Revised Version "the song of the terrible ones," i.e., the song of victory shall be brought low by the destruction of Babylon and the return of the Jews from captivity. The "abominable branch" is a tree on which a malefactor has been hanged (Isa. 14:19). The "highest branch" in Ezek. 17:3 represents Jehoiakim the king.

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Idioms & Phrases

branch out

Separate into subdivisions; strike off in a new direction. For example, Our software business is branching out into more interactive products, or Bill doesn't want to concentrate on just one field; he wants to branch out more. This term alludes to the growth habits of a tree's limbs. [Early 1700s] Also see branch off.

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