WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
branch /bræntʃ/USA pronunciation
v. [no object]
- an 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.]
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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