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Definition of Branch


  1. A shoot or secondary stem growing from the main stem, or from a principal limb or bough of a tree or other plant.
  2. 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. Any member or part of a body or system; a distinct article; a section or subdivision; a department.
  4. One of the portions of a curve that extends outwards to an indefinitely great distance; as, the branches of an hyperbola.
  5. 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. A warrant or commission given to a pilot, authorizing him to pilot vessels in certain waters.
  7. 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. To shoot or spread in branches; to separate into branches; to ramify.
  9. To divide into separate parts or subdivision.
  10. To divide as into branches; to make subordinate division in.
  11. To adorn with needlework representing branches, flowers, or twigs.

Branch Quotations

In the history of science, we often find that the study of some natural phenomenon has been the starting point in the development of a new branch of knowledge.
C. V. Raman

First I shake the whole Apple tree, that the ripest might fall. Then I climb the tree and shake each limb, and then each branch and then each twig, and then I look under each leaf.
Martin Luther

Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds.
Regina Brett

I think that intelligence is such a narrow branch of the tree of life - this branch of primates we call humans. No other animal, by our definition, can be considered intelligent. So intelligence can't be all that important for survival, because there are so many animals that don't have what we call intelligence, and they're surviving just fine.
Neil deGrasse Tyson

If you bend a branch until it's horizontal, the sap will slow to a stopping point: a comma or colon, made of leaves grown into one another and over one another and hardened. Out of this pause comes a flower, which unfolds itself in spirals, as if the leaf form, unable to keep to its line, had begun to pivot.
Alice Oswald
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Branch Translations

branch in Afrikaans is afdeling, vak, tak
branch in Danish is afdeling, gren, filial
branch in Dutch is tak, aftakking
branch in Finnish is oksa, lokero
branch in German is springen, verzweigen, Branche, Abteilung, Sprung
branch in Italian is filiale, ramo
branch in Latin is stipes
branch in Norwegian is gren, avdeling
branch in Portuguese is ramo, filial
branch in Spanish is bifurcar, ramo, ramificar, rama, sucursal
branch in Swedish is gran, filial, bransch
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