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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)

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.

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."