|1.||[ noun ] the act of branching out or dividing into branches|
|Synonyms:||fork forking branching|
|Related terms:||division divarication bifurcation fibrillation trifurcation branch branch|
|2.||[ noun ] a part of a forked or branching shape|
|Synonyms:||branch leg fork|
"he broke off one of the branches" "they took the south fork"
|Related terms:||subfigure bifurcation brachium furcation fork branch|
|3.||[ noun ] an arrangement of branching parts|
|Related terms:||placement branch|
|4.||[ noun ] a development that complicates a situation|
"the court's decision had many unforeseen ramifications"
|Related terms:||development complexify|