Branch

Definition of Branch

n.1.(Bot.) 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.
Most of the branches , or streams, were dried up.
- W. Irving.
3.Any member or part of a body or system; a distinct article; a section or subdivision; a department.
It is a branch and parcel of mine oath.
- Shak.
4.(Geom.) 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.
His father, a younger branch of the ancient stock.
- Carew.
6.(Naut.) A warrant or commission given to a pilot, authorizing him to pilot vessels in certain waters.
Branches of a bridle
two pieces of bent iron, which bear the bit, the cross chains, and the curb.
Branch herring
See Alewife.
Root and branch
totally, wholly.
a.1.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.
v. i.1.To shoot or spread in branches; to separate into branches; to ramify.
[imp. & p. p. Branched ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Branching.]
2.To divide into separate parts or subdivision.
To branch off
to form a branch or a separate part; to diverge.
To branch out
to speak diffusively; to extend one's discourse to other topics than the main one; also, to enlarge the scope of one's business, etc.
To branch out into a long disputation.
- Spectator.
v. t.1.To divide as into branches; to make subordinate division in.
2.To adorn with needlework representing branches, flowers, or twigs.
The train whereof loose far behind her strayed,
Branched with gold and pearl, most richly wrought.
- Spenser.

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