What does branch mean?

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bræntʃ, brɑntʃbranch

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. branch, subdivision, arm(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"

  2. branch(noun)

    a division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant

  3. branch, leg, ramification(noun)

    a part of a forked or branching shape

    "he broke off one of the branches"

  4. outgrowth, branch, offshoot, offset(noun)

    a natural consequence of development

  5. branch(noun)

    a stream or river connected to a larger one

  6. arm, branch, limb(verb)

    any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm

    "the arm of the record player"; "an arm of the sea"; "a branch of the sewer"

  7. ramify, branch(verb)

    grow and send out branches or branch-like structures

    "these plants ramify early and get to be very large"

  8. branch, ramify, fork, furcate, separate(verb)

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

    "The road forks"


  1. branch(Noun)

    The woody part of a tree arising from the trunk and usually dividing.

  2. branch(Noun)

    Something that divides like the branch of a tree.

  3. branch(Noun)

    A location of an organization with several locations.

    Our main branch is downtown, and we have branches in all major suburbs.

  4. branch(Noun)

    A local congregation of the LDS Church that is not large enough to form a ward; see Wikipedia article on ward in LDS church.

  5. branch(Noun)

    An area in business or of knowledge, research.

  6. branch(Noun)

    A certificate given by Trinity House to a pilot qualified to take navigational control of a ship in British waters.

  7. branch(Verb)

    To arise from the trunk or a larger branch of a tree.

  8. branch(Verb)

    To produce branches.

  9. branch(Verb)

    To jump to a different location in a program, especially as the result of a conditional statement.

  10. Origin: From branche, from branca, possibly from Gaulish *vranca, akin to Old Norse vró, Lithuanian rankà, Old Church Slavonic rǫka, Albanian rangë.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Branch(noun)

    a shoot or secondary stem growing from the main stem, or from a principal limb or bough of a tree or other plant

  2. Branch(noun)

    any division extending like a branch; any arm or part connected with the main body of thing; ramification; as, the branch of an antler; the branch of a chandelier; a branch of a river; a branch of a railway

  3. Branch(noun)

    any member or part of a body or system; a distinct article; a section or subdivision; a department

  4. Branch(noun)

    one of the portions of a curve that extends outwards to an indefinitely great distance; as, the branches of an hyperbola

  5. Branch(noun)

    a line of family descent, in distinction from some other line or lines from the same stock; any descendant in such a line; as, the English branch of a family

  6. Branch(noun)

    a warrant or commission given to a pilot, authorizing him to pilot vessels in certain waters

  7. Branch(adj)

    diverging from, or tributary to, a main stock, line, way, theme, etc.; as, a branch vein; a branch road or line; a branch topic; a branch store

  8. Branch(verb)

    to shoot or spread in branches; to separate into branches; to ramify

  9. Branch(verb)

    to divide into separate parts or subdivision

  10. Branch(verb)

    to divide as into branches; to make subordinate division in

  11. Branch(verb)

    to adorn with needlework representing branches, flowers, or twigs


  1. Branch

    A branch tree branch is a woody structural member connected to but not part of the central trunk of a tree. Large branches are known as boughs and small branches are known as twigs. While branches can be nearly horizontal, vertical, or diagonal, the majority of trees have upwardly diagonal branches. The term "twig" often refers to a terminus, while "bough" refers only to branches coming directly from the trunk.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Branch

    bransh, n. a shoot or arm-like limb of a tree: anything like a limb of a tree: any offshoot or subdivision, a section or department of a subject: any subordinate division of a business, &c., as a branch-bank or pawn-shop.—v.t. to divide into branches.—v.i. to spread out as a branch (with out, off, from).—adj. Branched.—ns. Branch′er, a young hawk or other bird when it leaves the nest and begins to take to the branches; Branch′ery, branches collectively.—adjs. Branch′ing, furnished with or shooting out branches; Branch′less.—ns. Branch′let, a little branch; Branch′-pī′lot, one who holds the Trinity House certificate; Branch′-work, ornamental figured patterns.—adj. Branch′y.—Root and branch, thoroughly—used also adjectively, as in a 'root-and-branch' policy. [Fr. branche—Low L. branca, a beast's paw—L. brachium.]

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Branch

    A conductor branching from a main line. Sometimes the term is restricted to a principal conductor, from which current is distributed.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. branch

    1. A subdivision of any organization. 2. A geographically separate unit of an activity, which performs all or part of the primary functions of the parent activity on a smaller scale. Unlike an annex, a branch is not merely an overflow addition. 3. An arm or service of the Army. 4. The contingency options built into the base plan. A branch is used for changing the mission, orientation, or direction of movement of a force to aid success of the operation based on anticipated events, opportunities, or disruptions caused by enemy actions and reactions. See also sequel.


  1. Branch

    Branch (formerly Roundtable) enables a smart new brand of high quality public discourse. Curated groups of people are invited to engage around issues in which they are knowledgeable. This service holds the promise of a new platform for dialogue on the web-a necessary departure from the monologues we have grown so accustomed to reading online.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. branch

    The diploma of those pilots who have passed at the Trinity House, as competent to navigate vessels in particular places. The word branch is also metaphorically used for river divergents, but its application to affluents is improper. Any branch or ramification, as in estuaries, where they traverse, river-like, miles of territory, in labyrinthine mazes.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'branch' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2047

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'branch' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1551

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'branch' in Nouns Frequency: #563

How to pronounce branch?

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How to say branch in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of branch in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of branch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of branch in a Sentence

  1. Qatar Airways:

    There is no olive branch on this issue.

  2. Martin Kuhlwilm:

    Its an extinct branch of the Pan family tree.

  3. Mmusi Maimane:

    In fact the best branch of A N C is in heaven

  4. Anonymous:

    Old programmers never die. They just branch out to a new address.

  5. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    A bird that fears falling off of a tree branch is ignorant of its gifts.

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