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Branch appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Now the trees are all groaning in growling, rough gales
    That with thuds and hoarse roaring roll raging around!
    Such leaf-rousing, branch-ruining, ripping, raw wails,
    Such a terrible, thrashing and tree-wrecking sound!
    (by Mark Scrivener)

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun branch:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb branch:


The word branch is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun branch

What does branch mean as a name of something?

Branch is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: branches

  1. a division of some larger or more complex organization
    • examples: a branch of Congress | botany is a branch of biology | the Germanic branch of Indo-European languages
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of branch: arm / subdivision
    • more generic word: division = an administrative unit in government or business
    • more specific terms:
  2. a division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant
    • lexical domain: Plants - nouns denoting plants
    • more generic words: stalk / stem = a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
    • more specific terms:
      • deadwood = a branch or a part of a tree that is dead
      • tree branch / limb = any of the main branches arising from the trunk or a bough of a tree
      • branchlet / sprig / twig = a small branch or division of a branch
    • part: bark = tough protective covering of the woody stems and roots of trees and other woody plants
  3. a part of a forked or branching shape
    • example: he broke off one of the branches
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • synonyms of branch: leg / ramification
    • more generic word: subfigure = a figure that is a part of another figure
    • more specific words:
      • bifurcation = a bifurcating branch
      • brachium = a branching or armlike part of an animal
      • crotch / fork = the region of the angle formed by the junction of two branches
    • part of: forking / furcation = the place where something divides into branches
  4. a natural consequence of development
  5. a stream or river connected to a larger one
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • more generic words: stream / watercourse = a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth
    • more specific words:
      • billabong = a branch of a river made by water flowing from the main stream only when the water level is high
      • distributary = a branch of a river that flows away from the main stream and does not rejoin it
      • confluent / tributary / affluent / feeder = a branch that flows into the main stream
  6. any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm
    • example: a branch of the sewer
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of branch: arm / limb
    • more generic word: projection = any structure that branches out from a central support

Alternative definition of the noun branch


  1. The woody part of a tree arising from the trunk and usually dividing.
  2. Something that divides like the branch of a tree.
  3. A location of an organization with several locations.
  4. [context: Mormonism] A local congregation of the LDS Church that is not large enough to form a ward; see Wikipedia article on ward in LDS church.
  5. An area in business or of knowledge, research.
  6. [nautical] A certificate given by Trinity House to a pilot qualified to take navigational control of a ship in British waters.

Definition of the verb branch

What does branch mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: branched | branching | branches

  1. grow and send out branches or branch-like structures
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of branch: ramify
    • more generic word: grow = become larger, greater, or bigger
  2. divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork

Alternative definition of the verb branch


  1. [intransitive] To arise from the trunk or a larger branch of a tree.
  2. [intransitive] To produce branches.
  3. [intransitive, computing] To jump to a different location in a program, especially as the result of a conditional statement.


  1. Branch is a city in Franklin County, Arkansas, United States. It is part of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 357 at the 2000 census.
  2. Branch is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Acadia Parish, Louisiana, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 388.
  3. Branch Township is a civil township of Mason County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 1,181.
  4. Branch: The Town of Branch is an incorporated community on the Cape Shore of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada and has a population of 309. It is located on St. Mary's Bay and can be accessed via Route 100 or Route 92. Nearby communities include Point Lance and St. Bride's, Newfoundland and Labrador.
    • also known as Branch, Newfoundland and Labrador; Branch, Canada
    • part of Canada
  5. Branch is an unincorporated community in southwestern Camden County, Missouri. It is located on Route 73 about midway between U.S. Route 54 and Tunas, Missouri. It formerly had a post office, but mail is now served from Macks Creek.
  6. Branch is an unincorporated community located on the boundary between Mason County and Lake County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The community shares its name with Branch Township in Mason County, but also lies partially within Sweetwater Township in Lake County.
  7. Branch a.k.a. Branch, Wisconsin: Branch is an unincorporated community located, in the town of Manitowoc Rapids, in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, United States. Branch is located on U.S. Route 10 east of Whitelaw.

There are other places with in their name, like Branch End, Dry Branch, Gum Branch, Haw Branch, Red Branch, Bear Branch, Fort Branch, Long Branch, Mill Branch, Plum Branch, West Branch, Alder Branch, North Branch, Olive Branch, Rocky Branch, Salem Branch, South Branch, Wells Branch, Branch County.


Branch is a fictional character from the 2004 film Hitman's Code.


"Branch" is a musical EP of Zazi.


  1. Branch: A branch or tree branch is a woody structural member connected to but not part of the central trunk of a tree. Large branches are known as boughs and small branches are known as twigs.
    • also known as branche
  2. Branch: A branch, banking center or financial center is a retail location where a bank, credit union, or other financial institution offers a wide array of face-to-face and automated services to its customers.
  3. Branch: A branch is an instruction in a computer program that may, when executed by a computer, cause the computer to begin execution of a different instruction sequence. Branch may also refer to the act of beginning execution of a different instruction sequence due to executing a branch instruction. A branch instruction can be either an unconditional branch, which always results in branching, or a conditional branch, which may or may not cause branching depending on some condition.
  4. Branch: The ancient Egyptian Branch hieroglyph, also called a Stick, is a member of the trees and plants hieroglyphs.
  5. Branch of astrology it is used in.

Phrases with Branch

Phrases starting with the word Branch:

  1. branch off
  2. branch out
  3. Branch Tee
  4. branch line
  5. Branch Frogs
  6. branch water
  7. Branch Pruner
  8. branch herring
  9. Branch-Lettuce
  10. Branch Register
  11. Branch stacking

Phrases ending with the word Branch:

  1. tree branch
  2. olive branch
  3. special branch
  4. judicial branch
  5. executive branch
  6. legislative branch

Other phrases containing the word Branch:

  1. To Branch Off
  2. to branch out
  3. Oak Branch Borer

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Branch

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Google previewSpecial Functions (2000)

by Charles Dunkl, Mourad Ismail, Roderick Wong

The left branch is that of quantum physics: the statistics of energy levels of quantum mechanical systems. These are the...

Google previewProceedings of the International Workshop, Special Functions (2000)

Hong Kong, 21-25 June 1999 by Charles F. Dunkl, Mourad Ismail, Roderick Wong

The left branch is that of quantum physics: the statistics of energy levels of quantum mechanical systems. These are the...

Google previewThe Rise of Esoteric Buddhism in Tibet (1979)

by Eva K. Neumaier-Dargyay, Eva M. Dargyay

The traditions of the Old School unfold themselves into two branches : The first branch is the Old Transmission of the Pronouncements (ring-brgyud bka'-ma) ...

Google previewExploring Bible Prophecy from Genesis to Revelation (2011)

by Tim F. LaHaye, Ed Hindson

The Branch doctrine can be summarized as follows: Zechariah 3:8 teaches that the Branch is a servant, which happens to be the theme of the Gospel of Mark. In Zechariah 6:12 the Branch is a man, which is the theme of the Gospel of Luke.

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

Aylesbury branch of Grand Junction Canal Thames at Culham, near Abingdon 34 . Wilts and Berks. Kennett and Avon Canal at Semington Chippenham (a level branch) .... Colne (ditto) .... Summit, South Marston, and North Wilts Canal River ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

malacology The branch of zoology that deals with the study of mollusks. meteorology The ...

Google previewThe British Encyclopedia, Or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1809)

Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge : Illustrated with Upwards of 150 Elegant Engravings. A - B. 1 by William Nicholson

Great anastomozing branch. 6. Radial artery. 7. Ulnar artery. . The two last branches are those into which the trunk of the brachial divides at the elbow. ' They run along the fore-arm to the wrist.

Google previewThe State and Local Government Political Dictionary (2007)

by Jeffrey M. Elliot, Sheikh R. Ali

Branch. Appropriation (84) The allocation of funds for agencies and programs authorized by the legislature. No funds may be appropriated before authorization, but the actual money granted may be less than that authorized.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Business in Today's World (2009)

by Charles Wankel

A branch is a part of an organization that is located in a different geographic region than the parent organization. It is also called a branch office and is very similar to a subsidiary. Although it functions autonomously, it is an extension of the ...

Google previewA New and Complete Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1819)

Including the Latest Improvement and Discovery and the Present States of Every Branch of Human Knowledge by George Gregory

Including the Latest Improvement and Discovery and the Present States of Every Branch of Human Knowledge...

Google previewThe London Medical Dictionary (1819)

Including, Under Distinct Heads, Every Branch of Medicine ... with Whatever Relates to Medicine in Natural Philosophy, Chemistry, and Natural History by Bartholomew Parr

Including, Under Distinct Heads, Every Branch of Medicine...

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Quotes about Branch

Better is the branch that bends, than the branch that breaks.
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Scrabble value of B3R1A1N1C3H4

The value of this 6-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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