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English noun: branch

1. branch (group) a division of some larger or more complex organization


SamplesA branch of Congress.
Botany is a branch of biology.
The Germanic branch of Indo-European languages.


Synonymsarm, subdivision


Broader (hypernym)division


Narrower (hyponym)executive branch, Executive Office of the President, judicial branch, legislative branch, local post office, post office

2. branch (plant) a division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant


Broader (hypernym)stalk, stem


Narrower (hyponym)branchlet, deadwood, limb, sprig, tree branch, twig


Part holonymbark

3. branch (shape) a part of a forked or branching shape


SamplesHe broke off one of the branches.


Synonymsleg, ramification


Broader (hypernym)subfigure


Narrower (hyponym)bifurcation, brachium, crotch, fork


Part meronymforking, furcation

4. branch (phenomenon) a natural consequence of development


Synonymsoffset, offshoot, outgrowth


Broader (hypernym)consequence, effect, event, issue, outcome, result, upshot

5. branch (object) a stream or river connected to a larger one


Broader (hypernym)stream, watercourse


Narrower (hyponym)affluent, billabong, confluent, distributary, feeder, tributary

6. branch (artifact) any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm


SamplesThe arm of the record player.
An arm of the sea.
A branch of the sewer.


Synonymsarm, limb


Broader (hypernym)projection


English verb: branch

1. branch (change) grow and send out branches or branch-like structures


SamplesThese plants ramify early and get to be very large.


Synonymsramify


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)grow


Verb groupbranch, fork, furcate, ramify, separate

2. branch (change) divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork


SamplesThe road forks.


Synonymsfork, furcate, ramify, separate


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)diverge


Narrower (hyponym)arborise, arborize, bifurcate, trifurcate, twig


Verb groupbranch, ramify









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