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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
branch /bræntʃ/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
v. [no object]
- Botanyan armlike division of the stem of a tree or shrub:The branches of oak trees form a V-shape.
- a limb, section, or division of a main system:the branches of a deer's antlers; the branches of the armed forces.
- a local division of a business, library, or other organization :The bank has several branches in your neighborhood.
- to put forth branches; spread in branches:These trees branch at heights of fifteen feet.
- [~ + off] to divide into separate parts;
diverge: The road branches off to the left.
- branch out, [no object] to expand or extend in new directions:[The company branched out into electronics and computers.]
(branch, bränch), n.
- Botanya division or subdivision of the stem or axis of a tree, shrub, or other plant.
- a limb, offshoot, or ramification of any main stem:the branches of a deer's antlers.
- any member or part of a body or system; a section or subdivision:the various branches of learning.
- a local operating division of a business, library, or the like.
- a line of family descent stemming from a particular ancestor, as distinguished from some other line or lines from the same stock;
a division of a family.
- Geologya tributary stream or any stream that is not a large river or a bayou.
- Dialect Terms[Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.]See branch water (def. 2).
- Linguistics[Ling.](in the classification of related languages within a family) a category of a lower order than a subfamily and of a higher order than a subbranch or a group, as the Germanic branch of Indo-European. Cf. group (def. 4a).
- Computing[Computers.]a point in a computer program where the computer selects one of two or more instructions to execute, according to some criterion.
- Nautical, Naval Terms[Naut.]a warrant or license permitting a pilot to navigate in certain waters.
- to put forth branches;
spread in branches.
- to divide into separate parts or subdivisions;
diverge:The main road branches off to the left.
- to expand or extend, as business activities:The bank has plans to branch throughout the state.
- to divide into branches or sections.
- Clothing, Textilesto adorn with needlework; decorate with embroidery, as in textile fabrics.
- branch out, to expand or extend, as business activities, pursuits, interests, etc.:The business is branching out into computers.
1 . offshoot, shoot. 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. 12 . ramify, subdivide.
- Late Latin branca paw, of uncertain origin, originally
- Anglo-French; Old French branche
- Middle English bra(u)nche 1250–1300
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
branch /brɑːntʃ/ n
- a secondary woody stem arising from the trunk or bough of a tree or the main stem of a shrub
- an offshoot or secondary part: a branch of a deer's antlers
- a subdivision or subsidiary section of something larger or more complex: branches of learning, branch of the family
- (as modifier): a branch office
- US any small stream
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French branche, from Late Latin branca paw, footˈbranchˌlike adj
- (intransitive) (of a tree or other plant) to produce or possess branches
- (intransitive) usually followed by from: (of stems, roots, etc) to grow and diverge (from another part)
- to divide or be divided into subsidiaries or offshoots
- (intransitive) often followed by off: to diverge from the main way, road, topic, etc
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