- 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.
Looking up through the branches of a tree.
- 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 of branchMiddle 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.
- to separate into branches; fork
- to go off in another direction; diverge
- to put forth branches
- to extend the scope of interests, activities, etc.
- 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.
- Computers 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.
- Chemistry A bifurcation in a linear chain of atoms, especially in an organic molecule where isomeric hydrocarbon groups can vary in the location and number of these bifurcations of the carbon chain.
verbbranched branched, branch·ing, branch·es
- 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.
- Computers To relinquish control to another set of instructions or another routine as a result of the presence of a branch.
- To separate (something) into branches.
- To embroider (something) with a design of foliage or flowers.
Origin of branchMiddle English, from Old French branche, from Late Latin branca, paw, perhaps of Celtic origin.
- The woody part of a tree arising from the trunk and usually dividing.
- Any of the parts of something that divides like the branch of a tree.
- the branch of an antler, a chandelier, a river, or a railway
- (geometry) One of the portions of a curve that extends outwards to an indefinitely great distance.
- the branches of a hyperbola
- A location of an organization with several locations.
- Our main branch is downtown, and we have branches in all major suburbs.
- A line of family descent, in distinction from some other line or lines from the same stock; any descendant in such a line.
- the English branch of a family
- (Mormonism) A local congregation of the LDS Church that is not large enough to form a ward; See ward in LDS church.
- An area in business or of knowledge, research.
- (nautical) A certificate given by Trinity House to a pilot qualified to take navigational control of a ship in British waters.
- (computer architecture) A sequence of code that is conditionally executed.
- branch banking
- branch line
- branch office
- main branch
(third-person singular simple present branches, present participle branching, simple past and past participle branched)
- branch off
- branch out
From Middle English branche, braunche, bronche, from Old French branche, brance, from Vulgar Latin branca (“footprint", later also "paw, claw”), of unknown origin, possibly from Gaulish *vranca. Indo-European cognates include Old Norse vró (“angle, corner”), Lithuanian rankà (“hand”), Old Church Slavonic рѫка (rǫka, “hand”), Albanian rangë (“yard work”).
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.