Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A secondary woody stem or limb growing from the trunk or main stem of a tree or shrub or from another secondary limb.
  • noun A lateral division or subdivision of certain other plant parts, such as a root or flower cluster.
  • noun Something that resembles a branch of a tree, as in form or function, as.
  • noun A secondary outgrowth or subdivision of a main axis, such as the tine of a deer's antlers.
  • noun Anatomy An offshoot or a division of the main portion of a structure, especially that of a nerve, blood vessel, or lymphatic vessel; a ramus.
  • noun A limited part of a larger or more complex unit or system, especially.
  • noun An area of specialized skill or knowledge, especially academic or vocational, that is related to but separate from other areas.
  • noun A division of a business or other organization.
  • noun A division of a family, categorized by descent from a particular ancestor.
  • noun Linguistics A subdivision of a family of languages, such as the Germanic branch of Indo-European.
  • noun A tributary of a river.
  • noun A divergent section of a river, especially near the mouth.
  • noun Mathematics A part of a curve that is separated, as by discontinuities or extreme points.
  • noun A sequence of program instructions to which the normal sequence of instructions relinquishes control, depending on the value of certain variables.
  • noun The instructions executed as the result of such a passing of control.
  • noun Chemistry A bifurcation in a linear chain of atoms, especially in an organic molecule where isomeric hydrocarbon groups can vary in the location and number of these bifurcations of the carbon chain.
  • intransitive verb To put forth a branch or branches; spread by dividing.
  • intransitive verb To come forth as a branch or subdivision; develop or diverge from.
  • intransitive verb To enlarge the scope of one's interests, business, or activities.
  • intransitive verb Computers To relinquish control to another set of instructions or another routine as a result of the presence of a branch.
  • intransitive verb To separate (something) into branches.
  • intransitive verb To embroider (something) with a design of foliage or flowers.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To spread in branches; send out branches, as a plant.
  • To divide into separate parts or subdivisions; diverge; ramify.
  • To divide, as into branches; make subordinate divisions in.
  • To adorn with needlework; decorate with embroidery; adorn with flowers or other ornament, as in textile fabrics.
  • noun In mathematics, some one determination of a many-valued function selected for consideration.
  • noun A division or subdivision of the stem or axis of a tree, shrub, or other plant (the ultimate or smaller ramifications being called branchlets, twigs, or shoots); a bough.
  • noun Something resembling a branch in its relation to the trunk; an offshoot or part extending from the main body of a thing; a ramification; a subdivision; an outgrowth.
  • noun Specifically— Any member or part of a body or system; a department; a section or subdivision: as, a branch of a society; the various branches of learning.
  • noun A line of family descent, in distinction from some other line or lines from the same stock: as, the English or the Irish branch of a family.
  • noun Any descendant in such a line.
  • noun In geometry, any portion of a real curve capable of description by the continuous motion of a point. Every branch either extends to infinity or returns into itself (reëntrant branch); but some old geometers considered a branch to be ended by a cusp.
  • noun A piece of pipe including a length of the main pipe and a shorter piece branching from it. When the latter is at right angles to the former, the branch is aT-branch; if at an acute angle, it is a y-branch. If there are two branching pieces, it is called a double branch.
  • noun The metal piece on the end of the hose of a fire-engine to which the nozle is screwed.
  • noun One of the sides of a horseshoe.
  • noun In fortification, the wing or long side of a horn- or crown-work; also, one of the parts of a zig-zag approach.
  • noun In a sword-hilt, either of two pieces which project at right angles to the barrel and to the blade of the sword, forming guards for the hand. See hilt.
  • noun In entomology, the flagellum or outer portion of a geniculate antenna.
  • noun In mining, a small vein, leader, or string of ore, connected with or seeming to branch from the main lode. See lode.
  • noun In a bridle, either of two bent pieces of iron which bear the bit, the cross-chains, and the curb.
  • noun In the southern and some of the western United States, the general name for any stream that is not a large river or a bayou.
  • noun The diploma or commission issued by the proper authority to a pilot who has passed an examination for competency.
  • noun A chandelier.
  • noun A branched candlestick or candle.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French branche, from Late Latin branca, paw, perhaps of Celtic origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French branche, from Vulgar Latin branca ("paw"), possibly from Gaulish *vranca. Indo-European cognates include Old Norse vró ("angle, corner"), Lithuanian rankà ("hand"), Old Church Slavonic рѫка (rǫka, "hand"), Albanian rangë ("yard work").

Examples

  • Their name, which he had long avoided mentioning, was incessantly on his lips: but always the same, always inclined naturally and systematically, to have more strings than one to his bow, he appeared to incline alternately _for the younger branch, and for the reigning branch_.

    Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. II

  • The prophecy that Jesus would be called a Nazarene is not found in the Old Testament, though some believe it might have referred to the word branch in Isaiah 11:1.

    101 Amazing Truths about Jesus

  • There's a small branch library down the road from us, and the big main branch is a short drive away.

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  • The prophecy that Jesus would be called a Nazarene is not found in the Old Testament, though some believe it might have referred to the word branch in Isaiah 11:1.

    101 Amazing Truths about Jesus

  • The prophecy that Jesus would be called a Nazarene is not found in the Old Testament, though some believe it might have referred to the word branch in Isaiah 11:1.

    101 Amazing Truths about Jesus

  • The prophecy that Jesus would be called a Nazarene is not found in the Old Testament, though some believe it might have referred to the word branch in Isaiah 11:1.

    101 Amazing Truths about Jesus

  • Add a title, expand the title branch, then the video branch, and finally the Video resize branch.

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  • Add a title, expand the title branch, then the video branch, and finally the Video resize branch.

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  • Add a title, expand the title branch, then the video branch, and finally the Video resize branch.

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  • Thus, if the branch is about an excellent, high-quality face-to-face interaction, we need to build for that.

    Brett King: Bye Bye Tellers - Hello Branch 2.0

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  • n. One of the sides of a horseshoe.

    July 28, 2015