verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of branch
Synonyms for branch
Origin of -branch
Related Words for branchchapter, division, office, section, wing, member, bureau, subsidiary, arm, category, subdivision, extension, classification, annex, portion, dependency, connection, part, derivative, tributary
Examples from the Web for branch
Contemporary Examples of branch
Branch helped women feel beautiful by encouraging them to embrace their natural selves as she had.
Branch grew up in Queens, NY, the daughter of an African American man and a Japanese woman.
But at 45, Branch died of a reported suicide, leaving behind family, friends and a legacy that goes beyond the beauty industry.
His case was sent to Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court presided over by Judge Salavati.Iran’s Blogfather Walks Free After Six Years in Jail
November 21, 2014
In other words, the Supreme Court has defined democracy as a branch of capitalism, right up to the point of actual vote-buying.Undo Citizens United? We’d Only Scratch the Surface
November 12, 2014
Historical Examples of branch
Caricature, by the way, is a branch of Georgian Art which M. Rouquet neglects.De Libris: Prose and Verse
Lieutenant Ford was wounded and a branch of an artery was cut.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
Just as he dropped a branch down at her feet, she caught the sound of wheels.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
At this moment, the note of a bird sounded from the branch of a neighboring tree.
Accordingly, Jason took the branch at its word, and lopped it off the tree.
- a subdivision or subsidiary section of something larger or more complexbranches of learning; branch of the family
- (as modifier)a branch office
Word Origin for branch
c.1300, braunch, "limb of a tree" (also used of things analogous to it, especially geographic features), from Old French branche "branch, bough, twig; branch of a family" (12c.), from Late Latin branca "footprint," later "a claw, paw," of unknown origin, probably from Gaulish. The connecting notion would be the shape (cf. pedigree). Replaced native bough. Meaning "local office of a business" is first recorded 1817, from earlier sense of "component part of a system" (1690s).
"send out shoots or new limbs," late 14c., also, of blood vessels, family trees, etc., "to be forked," from branch (n.). Meaning "to spread out from a center, radiate" is from c.1400. Related: Branched; branching.
In addition to the idioms beginning with branch
- branch off
- branch out
- olive branch
- root and branch