[ branch, brahnch ]
/ bræntʃ, brɑntʃ /
a division or subdivision of the stem or axis of a tree, shrub, or other plant.
a limb, offshoot, or ramification of any main stem: the branches of a deer's antlers.
any member or part of a body or system; a section or subdivision: the various branches of learning.
a local operating division of a business, library, or the like.
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.
a tributary stream or any stream that is not a large river or a bayou.
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. branch water (def. 2).
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).
Computers. a point in a computer program where the computer selects one of two or more instructions to execute, according to some criterion.
Nautical. a warrant or license permitting a pilot to navigate in certain waters.
verb (used without object)
to put forth branches; spread in branches.
to divide into separate parts or subdivisions; diverge: The main road branches off to the left.
to expand or extend, as business activities: The bank has plans to branch throughout the state.
verb (used with object)
to divide into branches or sections.
to adorn with needlework; decorate with embroidery, as in textile fabrics.
branch out, to expand or extend, as business activities, pursuits, interests, etc.: The business is branching out into computers.
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Origin of branch
1250–1300; Middle English bra(u)nche<Anglo-French; Old French branche<Late Latin branca paw, of uncertain origin
synonym study for branch
1. 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.
OTHER WORDS FROM branch
branchless, adjectivebranchlike, adjectivein·ter·branch, adjectivemul·ti·branched, adjective
outbranch, verb (used with object)un·branched, adjectiveun·branch·ing, adjectiveun·der·branch, nounwell-branched, adjective
Definition for branch (2 of 2)
a combining form for forming nouns and adjectives that denote gill formations or animals having gill formations.
Origin of -branch
<French -branche, New Latin -branchia, from Latin branchiae “gills” (see branchia)
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British Dictionary definitions for branch (1 of 2)
/ (brɑːntʃ) /
a secondary woody stem arising from the trunk or bough of a tree or the main stem of a shrub
a subdivision of the stem or root of any other plant
an offshoot or secondary parta branch of a deer's antlers
- a subdivision or subsidiary section of something larger or more complexbranches of learning; branch of the family
- (as modifier)a branch office
US any small stream
maths a section of a curve separated from the rest of the curve by discontinuities or special points
Also called: jump computing a departure from the normal sequence of programmed instructions into a separate program area
an alternative route in an atomic or nuclear decay series
(intr) (of a tree or other plant) to produce or possess branches
(intr usually foll by from) (of stems, roots, etc) to grow and diverge (from another part)
to divide or be divided into subsidiaries or offshoots
(intr often foll by off) to diverge from the main way, road, topic, etc
See also branch out
Derived forms of branchbranchless, adjectivebranchlike, adjectivebranchy, adjective
Word Origin for branch
C13: from Old French branche, from Late Latin branca paw, foot
British Dictionary definitions for branch (2 of 2)
adj combining form, n combining form
(in zoology) indicating gillslamellibranch
Word Origin for branch-
from Latin: branchia
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Medical definitions for branch
[ brănch ]
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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Idioms and Phrases with branch
In addition to the idioms beginning with branch
- branch off
- branch out
- olive branch
- root and branch
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