Nearby words

  1. brampton,
  2. bramwell,
  3. bran,
  4. bran tub,
  5. branagh,
  6. branch cut,
  7. branch instruction,
  8. branch line,
  9. branch off,
  10. branch officer

Origin of branch

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

Related forms

Synonym study

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 branched

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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Word Origin and History for branched
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Medicine definitions for branched

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 branched

branch

In addition to the idioms beginning with branch

  • branch off
  • branch out

also see:

  • olive branch
  • root and branch
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