Definition of Branch

1. Noun. A division of some larger or more complex organization. "The Germanic branch of Indo-European languages"

2. Verb. Grow and send out branches or branch-like structures. "These plants ramify early and get to be very large"
Exact synonyms: Ramify
Generic synonyms: Grow
Related verbs: Fork, Furcate, Ramify, Separate
Derivative terms: Ramification, Ramification, Ramification

3. Noun. A division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant.
Generic synonyms: Stalk, Stem
Terms within: Bark
Specialized synonyms: Deadwood, Limb, Tree Branch, Branchlet, Sprig, Twig
Derivative terms: Branchy

4. Verb. Divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork. "The road forks"
Exact synonyms: Fork, Furcate, Ramify, Separate
Related verbs: Ramify
Specialized synonyms: Arborise, Arborize, Twig, Bifurcate, Trifurcate
Generic synonyms: Diverge
Also: Branch Out
Derivative terms: Fork, Forking, Forking, Furcation, Ramification, Ramification, Ramification

5. Noun. A part of a forked or branching shape. "He broke off one of the branches"
Exact synonyms: Leg, Ramification
Generic synonyms: Subfigure
Group relationships: Forking, Furcation
Specialized synonyms: Bifurcation, Brachium, Crotch, Fork
Derivative terms: Branchy, Ramify, Ramify

6. Noun. A natural consequence of development.
Exact synonyms: Offset, Offshoot, Outgrowth
Generic synonyms: Consequence, Effect, Event, Issue, Outcome, Result, Upshot

7. Noun. A stream or river connected to a larger one.
Specialized synonyms: Billabong, Distributary, Affluent, Confluent, Feeder, Tributary
Generic synonyms: Stream, Watercourse

8. Noun. Any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm. "A branch of the sewer"
Exact synonyms: Arm, Limb
Generic synonyms: Projection

Definition of Branch

1. n. A shoot or secondary stem growing from the main stem, or from a principal limb or bough of a tree or other plant.

2. a. Diverging from, or tributary to, a main stock, line, way, theme, etc.; as, a branch vein; a branch road or line; a branch topic; a branch store.

3. v. i. To shoot or spread in branches; to separate into branches; to ramify.

4. v. t. To divide as into branches; to make subordinate division in.

Definition of Branch

1. Noun. The woody part of a tree arising from the trunk and usually dividing. ¹

2. Noun. Something that divides like the branch of a tree. ¹

3. Noun. A location of an organization with several locations. ¹

4. Noun. (context: Mormonism) A local congregation of the LDS Church that is not large enough to form a ward; see Wikipedia article on ward in LDS church. ¹

5. Noun. An area in business or of knowledge, research. ¹

6. Noun. (nautical) A certificate given by Trinity House to a pilot qualified to take navigational control of a ship in British waters. ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) To arise from the trunk or a larger branch of a tree. ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive) To produce branches. ¹

9. Verb. (intransitive computing) To jump to a different location in a program, especially as the result of a conditional statement. ¹

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Definition of Branch

1. to form branches (offshoots) [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Branch

1. A natural division of a plant stem. (17 Dec 1997)

Branch Pictures

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Branch

bran flake
bran muffin
branch (current term)
branch line
branch migration
branch of auriculotemporal nerve to tympanic membrane
branch of glossopharyngeal nerve to stylopharyngeus muscle
branch of government
branch of knowledge
branch off
branch office
branch offices
branch out
branch register
branch registers
branch stacking
branch tee

Literary usage of Branch

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Library Journal by American Library Association, Library Association (1898)
"IN speaking of branch libraries I shall adhere to the definition of such libraries as it is ... A branch library has its own permanent stock of books. ..."

2. Bulletin by Kentucky Geological Survey (1905)
"Pigeon Roost branch Tide. Tide Locality. El. above El. above of Laurel Fork . ... 955 At branch Middle Fork 935 105 Sand Gap branch of Big Hollow ..."

3. Bulletin by New Zealand Geological Survey (1912)
"FALL branch GROUP Dobbins farm prospect No. 2—This prospect is a little more than a ... Fall branch mine.—This mine is on Fall Creek, in Sullivan County, ..."

4. Proceedings by Classical Association (Great Britain) (1906)
"Classical Association BIRMINGHAM AND MIDLANDS branch A MEETING was convened on October 5th, 1905, with the Lord Bishop of Birmingham in the Chair, ..."

5. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1882)
"He could not find out the rise to flood from low water. From the same mountain he could also see the western branch, called by the Burmese ..."

6. The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature by William James (1902)
"I.propose to ignore the institutional branch entirely, to say nothing of the ecclesiastical organization, to consider as little as possible the systematic ..."

7. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham (1823)
"Yet that branch which concerns the method of dealing with offences, and which is termed sometimes the criminal, sometimes the penal, branch, is universally ..."

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