1. [ noun ] an administrative division of some larger or more complex organization
Synonyms: subdivision arm

"a branch of Congress"

Related terms: division post_office executive_branch judicial_branch legislative_branch
2. [ noun ] (botany) a division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant
Related terms: stalk branchlet tree_branch limb deadwood bark
3. [ noun ] a part of a forked or branching shape
Synonyms: leg fork ramification

"he broke off one of the branches" "they took the south fork"

Related terms: subfigure bifurcation brachium furcation fork
4. [ verb ] grow and send out branches or branch-like structures
Synonyms: ramify

"these plants ramify early and get to be very large"

Related terms: grow branching
5. [ noun ] a natural consequence of development
Synonyms: offshoot offset outgrowth
Related terms: consequence
6. [ verb ] divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork
Synonyms: fork separate furcate ramify

"The road forks"

Related terms: diverge twig trifurcate arborize bifurcate diversify branching furcation ramification
7. [ noun ] (geography) a stream or river connected to a larger one
Related terms: stream billabong distributary feeder
8. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 718
9. [ noun ] any projection that is thought to resemble an arm
Synonyms: arm limb

"the arm of the record player" "an arm of the sea" "a branch of the sewer"

Related terms: projection
Similar spelling:   branchy