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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.


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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