- The definition of a branch is a part of a plant stem or a part of something which is larger and more complex.
- An example of branch is the limb of a tree.
- An example of branch is the police force as a part of a community's government.
- Branch means to divide into separate parts or to expand the scope.
- An example of branch is for a road to split in two directions.
- An example of branch is for a bank to create more local branches.
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- any woody extension growing from the trunk or main stem, or from a main limb, of a tree or shrub
- anything physically resembling a branch, as a tine of a deer's antler
- one of the streams into which a river or large creek may divide, usually near the mouth
- a large tributary flowing into a river
- ☆ Chiefly South a small stream flowing usually into a creek
- ☆ branch water
- any part or extension of a main body or system; specif.,
- a division or part of a body of learning: optics is a branch of physics
- a division of a family descending from a common ancestor
- a subdivision of a family of languages
- a division or a separately located unit of an organization: a library branch
- a post-office subdivision outside the community where its main post office is located
- Comput. a jump (), esp. one that selects one of two or more alternative instructions as the next executed
Origin: Middle English branche ; from Old French brance ; from Late Latin branca, a claw, paw
- to put forth branches; spread in or divide into branches; ramify
- to come out (from the trunk or stem) as a branch
- Comput. to continue at an instruction in another part of the program by means of a branch ()
- to separate into branches
- to embroider with a pattern of flowers, foliage, etc.
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- a. A secondary woody stem or limb growing from the trunk or main stem of a tree or shrub or from another secondary limb.b. A lateral division or subdivision of certain other plant parts, such as a root or flower cluster.
- Something that resembles a branch of a tree, as in form or function, as:a. A secondary outgrowth or subdivision of a main axis, such as the tine of a deer's antlers.b. 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.
- A limited part of a larger or more complex unit or system, especially:a. An area of specialized skill or knowledge, especially academic or vocational, that is related to but separate from other areas: the judicial branch of government; the branch of medicine called neurology.b. A division of a business or other organization.c. A division of a family, categorized by descent from a particular ancestor.d. Linguistics A subdivision of a family of languages, such as the Germanic branch of Indo-European.
- a. A tributary of a river.c. A divergent section of a river, especially near the mouth.
- Mathematics A part of a curve that is separated, as by discontinuities or extreme points.
- Computer Science a. A sequence of program instructions to which the normal sequence of instructions relinquishes control, depending on the value of certain variables.b. The instructions executed as the result of such a passing of control.
- To put forth a branch or branches; spread by dividing.
- a. To come forth as a branch or subdivision; develop or diverge from: an unpaved road that branches from the main road; a theory that branches from an older system of ideas.b. To enlarge the scope of one's interests, business, or activities: branch out from physics into related fields.
- Computer Science To relinquish control to another set of instructions or another routine as a result of the presence of a branch.
- To separate (something) into or as if into branches.
- To embroider (something) with a design of foliage or flowers.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French branche, from Late Latin branca, paw, perhaps of Celtic origin.
- branchˈless adjective
- branchˈy adjective
branch - Computer Definition
(1) In a low-level programming language, a statement that directs the computer to go to some other part of the program. In assembly languages, "branch" or "jump" instructions provide this capability. In high-level languages, a "goto" statement, as well as several other programming constructs, provide the equivalent of the branch. For example, "IF A EQUALS B GOTO MATCH_ROUTINE." See branch prediction and do loop.
(2) A connection between two blocks in a flowchart or two nodes in a network.
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branch - Medical Definition
branch - Phrases/IdiomsThe American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- to separate into branches; fork
- to go off in another direction; diverge
- to put forth branches
- to extend the scope of interests, activities, etc.
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