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Definition for branch (2 of 2)
Origin of -branch
What is a basic definition of branch?
A branch is a protruding part of a tree, something that juts out from a main part, or a division of a group or organization. The word branch has many other senses as a noun and a verb.
For most trees, underground roots connect to the thick trunk that extends toward the sky. Jutting out of the trunk are branches, smaller limbs of the tree. Main branches, also called boughs, have smaller extensions with leaves on them. These are also called branches, but more often called twigs.
- Used in a sentence: I watched my cat climb the branches of the oak tree.
Branch also refers to similar offshoots from objects that aren’t trees.
- Used in a sentence: The rope got tangled in the branches of the buck’s antlers.
In a more figurative sense, branch is used to mean a division of a main group or organization.
- Real-life examples: The Army, Navy, and Air Force are three major branches of the United States military. Botany, zoology, and microbiology are three major branches of biology.
- Used in a sentence: We learned in history class that the government is divided into three branches: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial.
Where does branch come from?
The first records of branch come from around 1250. It ultimately comes from the Late Latin branca, meaning “paw” or “foot.”
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What are some other forms related to branch?
- branchless (adjective)
- branchlike (adjective)
- multibranched (adjective)
- outbranch (verb)
- unbranched (adjective)
- underbranch (noun)
What are some synonyms for branch?
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What are some words that often get used in discussing branch?
How is branch used in real life?
Branch is a common word that most often means a tree limb or something that splits off from a main part.
I just saw four nuns breaking down a giant, fallen branch with a hacksaw, and it made my day.
— Har Mar Superstar (@HarMarSuperstar) January 13, 2021
If you don't need to leave your house today, don't. Play with your dog inside, PLEASE don't take them on a walk. It's not worth getting hit by falling branches.
— Erin Robinson (@ImErinRobinson) January 13, 2021
The Toronto branch of the public library of Steubenville and Jefferson County will be closed today, tomorrow and Wednesday due to a staff member testing positive for Covid-19. The library will be cleaned and sanitized and is expected to reopen Thursday.
— WTOV NEWS9 (@WTOV9) January 11, 2021
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A branch is the main part of something that other divisions will split off from.
Example sentences from the Web for branch
The new safety branch of California’s Public Advocate Office has lodged some of its first complaints against SDG&E’s wildfire mitigation plans, arguing that it lacks credible science and could actually make wildfires worse.Morning Report: Power Company Challenged on Fire Prevention Plans|Voice of San Diego|August 25, 2020|Voice of San Diego
In heavily forested Northern California, where trees tower over power lines in some cases, branches can fall on a line and cause a spark.Watchdog Warns: SDG&E’s Tree-Trimming Plan Could Worsen Wildfires|MacKenzie Elmer|August 24, 2020|Voice of San Diego
That’s because the independent agency of the executive branch is a service that touches every person in the country, every residence, and every business.Slowed mail delivery is the last thing indie bookstores need right now|Rachel King|August 19, 2020|Fortune
With bank branches closed, it has been harder to make large cash deposits.
Its branches have donated to Republican politicians and it controversially purchased the Silent Sam Confederate statue that was torn down at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
And that solution came from a homemade brew Branch and her sister created together.
Through her haircare line, named for her grandmother, Jessie Branch, Titi Branch was revolutionary.
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.
I had those words in my thoughts four years ago, when I cut him down from the branch of the Patriarch.
Each seems satisfied with the way his own branch is getting on: Winter is the quicker worker.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
A girl was moved to pity by a picture of a lamb caught in a thicket, and tried to lift the branch that lay across the animal.Children's Ways|James Sully
The senior branch of the family being thus extinct the whole of the entailed estate had devolved on me.Uncanny Tales|Various
It is wonderful how long a withered leaf will sometimes cling to its branch.
British Dictionary definitions for branch (1 of 2)
- a subdivision or subsidiary section of something larger or more complexbranches of learning; branch of the family
- (as modifier)a branch office
Derived forms of branchbranchless, adjectivebranchlike, adjectivebranchy, adjective
Word Origin for branch
British Dictionary definitions for branch (2 of 2)
adj combining form, n combining form
Word Origin for branch-
Medical definitions for branch
Idioms and Phrases with branch
In addition to the idioms beginning with branch
- branch off
- branch out
- olive branch
- root and branch