[ UK /bɹˈɑːnt‍ʃ/ ]
[ US /ˈbɹæntʃ/ ]
  1. a natural consequence of development
  2. any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm
    a branch of the sewer
    an arm of the sea
    the arm of the record player
  3. a division of some larger or more complex organization
    a branch of Congress
    botany is a branch of biology
    the Germanic branch of Indo-European languages
  4. a division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant
  5. a part of a forked or branching shape
    he broke off one of the branches
  6. a stream or river connected to a larger one
  1. grow and send out branches or branch-like structures
    these plants ramify early and get to be very large
  2. divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork
    The road forks
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How To Use branch In A Sentence

  • She has certainly branched out into more interesting work in recent years.
  • The opposite change occurs in what are termed fastigiate varieties, where the branches, in place of assuming more or less of a horizontal direction, become erect and nearly parallel with the main stem as in the Vegetable Teratology An Account of the Principal Deviations from the Usual Construction of Plants
  • A section of a branch of birch or willow from the north only a couple of inches in diameter will show one or two hundred annual rings. Factors Affecting Development of Canada's North
  • I must give one instance; he throws doubts and sneers at my saying that the ovigerous frena of cirripedes have been converted into branchiae, because I have not found them to be branchiae; whereas he himself admits, before I wrote on cirripedes, without the least hesitation, that their organs are branchiae. Alfred Russel Wallace Letters and Reminiscences
  • The breaking of a branch under my foot alarmed the deer.
  • Labor economics has become virtually a branch of applied econometrics, with the usual large data sets and headless horsemen running around looking for patterns.
  • It is an Extended Family Tree - showing all the collateral branches of a family, i.e. all the descendants.
  • The nerves are the terminal branches of the right and left vagi, the former being distributed upon the back, and the latter upon the front part of the organ. XI. Splanchnology. 1F. The Stomach
  • This is a composite image of the 1st pair of pleopods and the outer branch (exopodite) of the right (animal's left) pair that came apart during the removal operation (each pleopod has an outer and an inner branch). Archive 2007-12-01
  • The greatest difficulty which presents itself in entering the southern mouth arises from what in America are termed snags, that is, large trees, the roots of which are firmly planted in the bed of the river, whilst the branches project up the stream, and are likely to pierce any boat in its passage down. Journals of Two Expeditions of Discovery in North-West and Western Australia, Volume 2
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