noun. A secondary woody stem or limb growing from the trunk or main stem of a tree or shrub or from another secondary limb.
noun. A lateral division or subdivision of certain other plant parts, such as a root or flower cluster.
noun. Something that resembles a branch of a tree, as in form or function, as:
noun. A secondary outgrowth or subdivision of a main axis, such as the tine of a deer's antlers.
noun. 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.
noun. A limited part of a larger or more complex unit or system, especially:
noun. 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.
noun. A division of a business or other organization.
noun. A division of a family, categorized by descent from a particular ancestor.
noun. Linguistics A subdivision of a family of languages, such as the Germanic branch of Indo-European.
noun. A tributary of a river.
noun. Chiefly Southern U.S. See creek. See Regional Note at run.
noun. A divergent section of a river, especially near the mouth.
noun. Mathematics A part of a curve that is separated, as by discontinuities or extreme points.
noun. Computer Science A sequence of program instructions to which the normal sequence of instructions relinquishes control, depending on the value of certain variables.
noun. Computer Science The instructions executed as the result of such a passing of control.
verb. To put forth a branch or branches; spread by dividing.
verb. 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.
verb. To enlarge the scope of one's interests, business, or activities: branch out from physics into related fields.
verb. Computer Science To relinquish control to another set of instructions or another routine as a result of the presence of a branch.
verb. To separate (something) into or as if into branches.
verb. To embroider (something) with a design of foliage or flowers.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition