see also: Branch
  • (RP) enPR: bränch, IPA: /bɹɑːntʃ/
  • (America, Northern England) enPR: brănch, IPA: /bɹæntʃ/

branch (plural branches)

  1. The woody part of a tree arising from the trunk and usually dividing.
  2. Any of the parts of something that divides like the branch of a tree.
    the branch of an antler, a chandelier, or a railway
  3. (chiefly, Southern US) A creek or stream which flows into a larger river. (compare Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia run, and New York and New England brook.)
  4. (geometry) One of the portions of a curve that extends outwards to an indefinitely great distance.
    the branches of a hyperbola
  5. A location of an organization with several locations.
    Our main branch is downtown, and we have branches in all major suburbs.
  6. 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
    • his father, a younger branch of the ancient stock
  7. (Mormonism) A local congregation of the LDS Church that is not large enough to form a ward; see Wikipedia article on ward in LDS church.
  8. An area in business or of knowledge, research.
  9. (nautical) A certificate given by Trinity House to a pilot qualified to take navigational control of a ship in British waters.
  10. (computing) A sequence of code that is conditionally executed.
  11. (computing) A group of related files in a source control system, including for example source code, build scripts, and media such as images.
  12. (rail transport) A branch line.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • French: branche
  • German: (branching roads or rivers) Abzweigung, (rare) Ästelung, (rare) Zweigung
  • Portuguese: ramo, broto
  • Russian: ответвле́ние
Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: прихо́д
Translations Translations
  • French: branchement conditionnel

branch (branches, present participle branching; past and past participle branched)

  1. (intransitive) To arise from the trunk or a larger branch of a tree.
  2. (intransitive) To produce branches.
    • 1944, Emily Carr, The House of All Sorts, "Life Loves Living," :
      The tree throve and branched so heavily that the windows of Lower West and the Doll's Flat were darkened.
  3. (ambitransitive) To (cause to) divide into separate parts or subdivisions.
  4. (intransitive, computing) To jump to a different location in a program, especially as the result of a conditional statement.
  5. (transitive, colloquial) To discipline (a union member) at a branch meeting.
    • 2003, Paul Routledge, The Bumper Book of British Lefties (page 199)
      His staff were 'not journalists, but Communists', he maintained. Nonetheless, in 1948 his vigorous editorship took the paper's circulation to 120,000 a day. The following year, he was 'branched' by the National Union of Journalists for an intemperate attack on Fleet Street.
Related terms Translations Translations Translations
  • Spanish: ramificar
Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. A tiny city in Franklin County, Arkansas.
  3. An unincorporated community/and/CDP in Acadia Parish, Louisiana.
  4. An unincorporated community in Sweetwater Township, Lake County.
  5. An unincorporated community in Camden County, Missouri.
  6. An unincorporated community in Collin County, Texas.
  7. An unincorporated community in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.
  8. A town in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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