|1.||[ noun ] an administrative division of some larger or more complex organization|
"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|
"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|
|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|
"the arm of the record player" "an arm of the sea" "a branch of the sewer"