Definition of "branch" []

  • 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 secondary woody stem arising from the trunk or bough of a tree or the main stem of a shrub (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A subdivision of the stem or root of any other plant (noun)
  • An offshoot or secondary part (noun)
  • A subdivision or subsidiary section of something larger or more complex (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • Any small stream (noun)
  • A section of a curve separated from the rest of the curve by discontinuities or special points (noun)
  • A departure from the normal sequence of programmed instructions into a separate program area (noun)
  • An alternative route in an atomic or nuclear decay series (noun)
  • (of a tree or other plant) to produce or possess branches (verb)
  • (of stems, roots, etc) to grow and diverge (from another part) (verb)
  • To divide or be divided into subsidiaries or offshoots (verb)
  • To diverge from the main way, road, topic, etc (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

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