branch

branch1 [ bræntʃ ] noun count ***
▸ 1 part of tree
▸ 2 part of organization
▸ 3 part of area of study
▸ 4 part of family
▸ 5 part of river
1. ) a part of a tree that grows out of its TRUNK (=main stem) with leaves, flowers, or fruit growing on it. A very small branch is called a twig:
The wind rustled the bare branches of the trees.
2. ) a store or office representing a large company or organization in a particular area:
The store has branches in over 50 cities.
a branch manager
a ) the members of an organization, club, or political party in a particular area:
the president of the local branch of the Teamsters
the branch secretary/treasurer
b ) a department that performs a particular job or has a particular responsibility:
the anti-terrorism branch of the FBI
c ) a part of the government with a particular responsibility. The three branches of government are the legislative branch (=the legislature that makes laws), the executive branch (=the president who governs according to those laws), and the judicial branch (=the judges and courts who make certain that the laws are used correctly).
3. ) a part of a particular area of study or knowledge:
branch of: Mechanics is a branch of physics.
the branch of medicine that treats ailments of the stomach
4. ) a section of a family who are all related to one person who lived in the past:
branch of: One branch of Jane's family lives in San Francisco.
5. ) a part of a river that leads away from the main part: TRIBUTARY:
branch of: the larger branches of the Mekong River
branch
branch 2 [ bræntʃ ] verb intransitive *
to divide into two or more parts:
yellow flowers on branching stems
branch into: The road branched into four paths.
,branch `off phrasal verb intransitive or transitive
to leave the main part of something:
Lanes branch off the main road, leading to the coast.
A small group of soldiers branched off into the jungle.
,branch `out phrasal verb intransitive
to start doing something new or different:
Designers have branched out from clothes to cosmetics and toiletries.
branch out into: In the longer term, the company wants to branch out into providing investment advice.
branch out on your own: Quinn wanted to leave the company and branch out on his own.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Branch — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Branch — 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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Branch — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To divide into separate parts or subdivision. [1913 Webster] {To branch off}, to form …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Branch — Branch, v. t. 1. To divide as into branches; to make subordinate division in. [1913 Webster] 2. To adorn with needlework representing branches, flowers, or twigs. [1913 Webster] The train whereof loose far behind her strayed, Branched with gold… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Branch — A branch (American English IPAEng|ˈbræntʃ, British English IPAEng|ˈbrɑːntʃ) or tree branch (sometimes referred to in botany as a ramus) is a woody structural member connected to but not part of the central trunk of a tree (or sometimes a shrub).… …   Wikipedia

  • branch — I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French branche, from Late Latin branca paw Date: 14th century 1. a natural subdivision of a plant stem; especially a secondary shoot or stem (as a bough) arising from a main… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • branch — 1. A subdivision of any organization. 2. A geographically separate unit of an activity which performs all or part of the primary functions of the parent activity on a smaller scale. Unlike an annex, a branch is not merely an overflow addition. 3 …   Military dictionary

  • Branch County, Michigan — Seal …   Wikipedia

  • Branch (surname) — Branch is a surname.People named Branch: * Arthur Branch, a fictional character on the TV crime drama Law Order * Christopher Branch (circa 1600 1682), early American colonist * Cliff Branch (born 1948), retired American football player * David… …   Wikipedia

  • Branch predication — is a strategy in computer architecture design for mitigating the costs usually associated with conditional branches, particularly branches to short sections of code. It does this by allowing each instruction to conditionally either perform an… …   Wikipedia

  • Branch herring — Branch 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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