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branch (n.)

c. 1300, braunch, "division or subdivision of the stem of a tree or bush" (also used of things resembling a branch in its relation to a trunk, such as geographic features, lines of family descent), from Old French branche "branch, bough, twig; branch of a family" (12c.), from Late Latin branca "footprint," later "a claw, paw," which is of unknown origin, probably from Gaulish. The connecting notion would be the shape (compare pedigree). Replaced native bough. Meaning "local office of a business" is first recorded 1817, from earlier sense of "component part of a system" (1690s).

branch (v.)

"send out shoots or new limbs," late 14c., also, of blood vessels, family trees, etc., "to be forked," from branch (n.). Meaning "to spread out from a center, radiate" is from c. 1400. Related: Branched; branching.

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Definitions of branch
1
branch (n.)
a division of some larger or more complex organization;
a branch of Congress
botany is a branch of biology
the Germanic branch of Indo-European languages
Synonyms: subdivision / arm
branch (n.)
a division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant;
branch (n.)
a part of a forked or branching shape;
he broke off one of the branches
Synonyms: leg / ramification
branch (n.)
a natural consequence of development;
Synonyms: outgrowth / offshoot / offset
branch (n.)
a stream or river connected to a larger one;
branch (n.)
any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm;
a branch of the sewer
Synonyms: arm / limb
2
branch (v.)
grow and send out branches or branch-like structures;
Synonyms: ramify
branch (v.)
divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork;
Synonyms: ramify / fork / furcate / separate
From wordnet.princeton.edu