branch

A branch can mean the "arm" of a tree, or any other kind of arm––a branch of a bank is a division of the bank.

Branch also works as a verb. If you play soccer every day after school and you want to "branch out" athletically, you might consider playing tennis. You might turn onto a little road that branches off a main one. A branch of a river is called a tributary.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: branch

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nv
a division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant
grow and send out branches or branch-like structures
2
n
a natural consequence of development
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: branch
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n a division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant

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deadwood
a branch or a part of a tree that is dead
limb, tree branch
any of the main branches arising from the trunk or a bough of a tree
branchlet, sprig, twig
a small branch or division of a branch (especially a terminal division); usually applied to branches of the current or preceding year
brier
a thorny stem or twig
wand
a thin supple twig or rod
withe, withy
strong flexible twig
stick
a small thin branch of a tree
bough
any of the larger branches of a tree
Type of:
stalk, stem
a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ

n any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm

“a branch of the sewer”
Synonyms:
arm, limb
Type of:
projection
any structure that branches out from a central support

n a part of a forked or branching shape

“he broke off one of the branches
Synonyms:
leg, ramification
Types:
bifurcation
a bifurcating branch (one or both of them)
brachium
(biology) a branching or armlike part of an animal
crotch, fork
the region of the angle formed by the junction of two branches
Type of:
subfigure
a figure that is a part of another figure

n a stream or river connected to a larger one

Types:
billabong
a branch of a river made by water flowing from the main stream only when the water level is high
distributary
a branch of a river that flows away from the main stream and does not rejoin it
affluent, confluent, feeder, tributary
a branch that flows into the main stream
Type of:
stream, watercourse
a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth

n a division of some larger or more complex organization

“a branch of Congress”
“botany is a branch of biology”
“the Germanic branch of Indo-European languages”
Synonyms:
arm, subdivision
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local post office, post office
a local branch where postal services are available"
Executive Office of the President, executive branch
the branch of the United States government that is responsible for carrying out the laws
legislative branch
the branch of the United States government that has the power of legislating
judicial branch
the branch of the United States government responsible for the administration of justice
Type of:
division
an administrative unit in government or business

v grow and send out branches or branch-like structures

Synonyms:
ramify
fork, furcate, ramify, separate
divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork
Type of:
grow
become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain

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

Synonyms:
fork, furcate, ramify, separate
ramify
grow and send out branches or branch-like structures
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arborise, arborize
branch out like trees
twig
branch out in a twiglike manner
bifurcate
divide into two branches
trifurcate
divide into three
Type of:
diverge
move or draw apart
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n a natural consequence of development

Synonyms:
offset, offshoot, outgrowth
Type of:
consequence, effect, event, issue, outcome, result, upshot
a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
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