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branch

  

      n  
1    a secondary woody stem arising from the trunk or bough of a tree or the main stem of a shrub  
2    a subdivision of the stem or root of any other plant  
3    an offshoot or secondary part  
a branch of a deer's antlers     
4   
a    a subdivision or subsidiary section of something larger or more complex  
branches of learning, branch of the family     
b    (as modifier)  
a branch office     
5      (U.S.)   any small stream  
6      (Maths)   a section of a curve separated from the rest of the curve by discontinuities or special points  
7      (Also called)    jump     (Computing)   a departure from the normal sequence of programmed instructions into a separate program area  
8    an alternative route in a radioactive decay series  
      vb  
9    intr   (of a tree or other plant) to produce or possess branches  
10    intr; usually foll by: from   (of stems, roots, etc.) to grow and diverge (from another part)  
11    to divide or be divided into subsidiaries or offshoots  
12    intr; often foll by: off   to diverge from the main way, road, topic, etc,   (See also)        branch out  
     (C13: from Old French branche, from Late Latin branca paw, foot)  
  branchless      adj  
  branchlike      adj  
  branchy      adj  


branch-  
      adj and n combining form   (in zoology) indicating gills  
lamellibranch     
     (from Latin: branchia)  
branch instruction  
      n     (Computing)   a machine-language or assembly-language instruction that causes the computer to branch to another instruction  
branch line  
      n     (Railways)   a secondary route to a place or places not served by a main line  
branch officer  
      n   (in the British navy since 1949) any officer who holds warrant  
branch out  
      vb   intr, adv; often foll by: into   to expand or extend one's interests  
our business has branched out into computers now     
olive branch  
      n  
1    a branch of an olive tree used to symbolize peace  
2    any offering of peace or conciliation  
Special Branch  
      n   (in Britain) the department of the police force that is concerned with political security  
tree-and-branch  
      adj   denoting a cable television system in which all available programme channels are fed to each subscriber  
   Compare       switched-star  
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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
n.
(botany) any of the long slender shoots that grow from the stem or branch of a tree: usually removed during pruning
v.
1. the operation or work of cutting grass and curing it for hay 2. the act of taking full advantage of an easy opportunity
n.
work and operations made in drilling for maintaining petroleum or Gas wells effective

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