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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

When I am finishing a picture, I hold some God-made object up to it - a rock, a flower, the branch of a tree or my hand - as a final test. If the painting stands up beside a thing man cannot make, the painting is authentic. If there's a clash between the two, it's bad art.
Marc Chagall

You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still don't win, at least you can be satisfied that you've tried. If you don't accept failure as a possibility, you don't set high goals, you don't branch out, you don't try - you don't take the risk.
Rosalynn Carter

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

Living with fear stops us taking risks, and if you don't go out on the branch, you're never going to get the best fruit.
Sarah Parish

Neuroscience is by far the most exciting branch of science because the brain is the most fascinating object in the universe. Every human brain is different - the brain makes each human unique and defines who he or she is.
Stanley B. Prusiner
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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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