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Noun: branch  brãnch
  1. 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";
    - subdivision, arm
     
  2. A division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant
     
  3. A part of a forked or branching shape
    "he broke off one of the branches";
    - leg, ramification
     
  4. A natural consequence of development
    - outgrowth, offshoot, offset
     
  5. A stream or river connected to a larger one
     
  6. Any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm
    "a branch of the sewer";
    - arm, limb
Verb: branch  brãnch
  1. Grow and send out branches or branch-like structures
    "these plants branch early and get to be very large";
    - ramify
     
  2. Divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork
    "The road branches";
    - ramify, fork, furcate, separate

Derived forms: branched, branching, branches

See also: branch out

Type of: consequence, diverge, division, effect, event, grow, issue, outcome, projection, result, stalk, stem, stream, subfigure, upshot, watercourse

Part of: forking, furcation

Encyclopedia: Branch, Missouri