Origin of branch

1250–1300; Middle English bra(u)nche < Anglo-French; Old French branche < Late Latin branca paw, of uncertain origin
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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.
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British Dictionary definitions for branch out (1 of 2)

branch out


verb

(intr, adverb often foll by into) to expand or extend one's interestsour business has branched out into computers now

British Dictionary definitions for branch out (2 of 2)

branch

/ (brɑːntʃ) /

noun

verb

See also branch out
Derived Formsbranchless, adjectivebranchlike, adjectivebranchy, adjective

Word Origin for branch

C13: from Old French branche, from Late Latin branca paw, foot
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Medicine definitions for branch out

branch

[ brănch ]

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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Idioms and Phrases with branch out (1 of 2)

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.

Idioms and Phrases with branch out (2 of 2)

branch


In addition to the idioms beginning with branch

  • branch off
  • branch out

also see:

  • olive branch
  • root and branch
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