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.

Definitions of branch
  1. noun
    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
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    stalk, stem
    a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
  2. noun
    any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm
    “a branch of the sewer”
    synonyms: arm, limb
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    projection
    any structure that branches out from a central support
  3. noun
    a part of a forked or branching shape
    “he broke off one of the branches
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    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
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    subfigure
    a figure that is a part of another figure
  4. noun
    a stream or river connected to a larger one
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    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
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    stream, watercourse
    a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth
  5. noun
    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
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    division
    an administrative unit in government or business
  6. verb
    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
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    grow
    become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain
  7. verb
    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
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    diverge
    move or draw apart
  8. noun
    a natural consequence of development
    synonyms: offset, offshoot, outgrowth
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    consequence, effect, event, issue, outcome, result, upshot
    a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
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