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Meaning of branch by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Tree branches.


    • ( US, Northern England ) IPA: /bɹæntʃ/, X-SAMPA: /br\{ntS/
    • Rhymes: -æntʃ, -ɑːntʃ
    • ( RP ) IPA: /bɹɑːntʃ/


    From Old French branche, from Vulgar Latin branca ( “paw” ), possibly from Gaulish *vranca. Indo-European cognates include Old Norse vró ( “angle, corner” ), Lithuanian rankà ( “hand” ), Old Church Slavonic рѫка ( rǫka, “hand” ), Albanian rangë ( “yard work” ) .


    branch ( plural: branches )

    1. The woody part of a tree arising from the trunk and usually dividing .
    2. Something that divides like the branch of a tree .
    3. A location of an organization with several locations .
      Our main branch is downtown, and we have branches in all major suburbs .
    4. ( 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 .
    5. An area in business or of knowledge, research .
    6. ( nautical ) A certificate given by Trinity House to a pilot qualified to take navigational control of a ship in British waters .



    branch ( third-person singular simple present branches present participle branching, simple past and past participle branched )

    1. ( intransitive ) To arise from the trunk or a larger branch of a tree .
    2. ( intransitive ) To produce branches .
    3. ( intransitive, computing ) To jump to a different location in a program, especially as the result of a conditional statement .

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Explanation of branch by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork

    2. grow and send out branches or branch-like structures

    1. any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm

    2. a branch of the sewer
    3. a division of some larger or more complex organization

    4. a branch of Congress
      botany is a branch of biology
      the Germanic branch of Indo-European languages
    5. a stream or river connected to a larger one

    6. a natural consequence of development

    7. a division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant

    8. a part of a forked or branching shape

    9. he broke off one of the branches

    Definition of branch by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Branch n.; pl. Branches [OE. braunche, F. branche, fr. LL. branca claw of a bird or beast of prey; cf. Armor. brank branch, bough.]
      1. ( Bot. ) A shoot or secondary stem growing from the main stem, or from a principal limb or bough of a tree or other plant.

      2. Any division extending like a branch; any arm or part connected with the main body of thing; ramification; as, “the branch of an antler; the branch of a chandelier; a branch of a river; a branch of a railway”.

      Most of the branches , or streams, were dried up. W. Irving.

      3. Any member or part of a body or system; a distinct article; a section or subdivision; a department. “Branches of knowledge.” Prescott.

      It is a branch and parcel of mine oath. Shak.

      4. ( Geom. ) One of the portions of a curve that extends outwards to an indefinitely great distance; as, “the branches of an hyperbola”.

      5. A line of family descent, in distinction from some other line or lines from the same stock; any descendant in such a line; as, “the English branch of a family”.

      His father, a younger branch of the ancient stock. Carew.

      6. ( Naut. ) A warrant or commission given to a pilot, authorizing him to pilot vessels in certain waters.

      Branches of a bridle, two pieces of bent iron, which bear the bit, the cross chains, and the curb. -- Branch herring. See Alewife. -- Root and branch , totally, wholly.

      Syn. -- Bough; limb; shoot; offshoot; twig; sprig.

    2. Branch 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. Branch, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Branched ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Branching.]
      1. To shoot or spread in branches; to separate into branches; to ramify.

      2. To divide into separate parts or subdivision.

      To branch off, to form a branch or a separate part; to diverge. -- To branch out, to speak diffusively; to extend one's discourse to other topics than the main one; also, to enlarge the scope of one's business, etc.

      To branch out into a long disputation. Spectator.

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

      2. To adorn with needlework representing branches, flowers, or twigs.

      The train whereof loose far behind her strayed,

      Branched with gold and pearl, most richly wrought. Spenser.