verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of branch
Synonyms for branch
Related Words for brancheschapter, division, office, section, wing, member, bureau, subsidiary, arm, category, subdivision, extension, classification, annex, portion, dependency, connection, part, derivative, tributary
Examples from the Web for branches
Contemporary Examples of branches
The birds poop all over the forest, and thanks to the viscin, the mistletoe seeds in said poop stick to branches.
Mistletoe bushes clump on branches like something out of a Dr. Seuss book.
But the leaves and branches – the canopy it effectively creates -- is made up of solar panels.
The basic Acacia model, equipped with seven branches that have a combined capacity of 1.4 kilowatts, costs $100,000.
“Trust in all branches of federal government at or near record lows,” reports Gallup.The Sane Case for Auditing the Fed
October 2, 2014
Historical Examples of branches
He dug a hole and he covered it with branches and leaves and a little grass.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
The moonlight, striking through the opening in the branches, fell across her.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Up in the tree sits the young gardener pruning the branches.What Sami Sings with the Birds
Bronze lampholder: Five lamps hung from the branches of this bronze tree.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
But I saw him make a spring and land among the branches of the tree.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
- 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