• "He loaded the children with cherry branches."
    "He loaded the children with cherry branches."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v branch divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork "The road forks"
    • v branch grow and send out branches or branch-like structures "these plants ramify early and get to be very large"
    • n branch any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm "the arm of the record player","an arm of the sea","a branch of the sewer"
    • n branch 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"
    • n branch a stream or river connected to a larger one
    • n branch a natural consequence of development
    • n branch a division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant
    • n branch a part of a forked or branching shape "he broke off one of the branches"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Trimming off Branches of Spruce Trimming off Branches of Spruce
Seven-branched Candlestick, Essen Seven-branched Candlestick, Essen
A kitten sits and looks up at a bird on a branch A kitten sits and looks up at a bird on a branch
A kitten sits up on its haunches, looking up at a branch of pussy willow A kitten sits up on its haunches, looking up at a branch of pussy willow
koala looking down from branch koala looking down from branch
Two men pull on a tree branch and form a letter P Two men pull on a tree branch and form a letter P
Third stanza, surrounded by branches Third stanza, surrounded by branches
Skeleton of a branching coral Skeleton of a branching coral

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some snails live on branches in trees
    • Branch A line of family descent, in distinction from some other line or lines from the same stock; any descendant in such a line; as, the English branch of a family. "His father, a younger branch of the ancient stock."
    • Branch (Bot) A shoot or secondary stem growing from the main stem, or from a principal limb or bough of a tree or other plant.
    • Branch (Naut) A warrant or commission given to a pilot, authorizing him to pilot vessels in certain waters.
    • Branch Any division extending like a branch; any arm or part connected with the main body of thing; ramification; as, the branch of an antler; the branch of a chandelier; a branch of a river; a branch of a railway. "Most of the branches , or streams, were dried up."
    • Branch Any member or part of a body or system; a distinct article; a section or subdivision; a department. "Branches of knowledge.""It is a branch and parcel of mine oath."
    • a Branch Diverging from, or tributary to, a main stock, line, way, theme, etc.; as, a branch vein; a branch road or line; a branch topic; a branch store.
    • Branch (Geom) One of the portions of a curve that extends outwards to an indefinitely great distance; as, the branches of an hyperbola.
    • Branch To adorn with needlework representing branches, flowers, or twigs. "The train whereof loose far behind her strayed, Branched with gold and pearl, most richly wrought."
    • Branch To divide as into branches; to make subordinate division in.
    • Branch To divide into separate parts or subdivision. "To branch out into a long disputation."
    • Branch To shoot or spread in branches; to separate into branches; to ramify.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Saguaro Cactus, found in South-western United States does not grow branches until it is 75 years old.
    • n branch A division or subdivision of the stem or axis of a tree, shrub, or other plant (the ultimate or smaller ramifications being called branchlets, twigs, or shoots); a bough.
    • n branch Something resembling a branch in its relation to the trunk; an offshoot or part extending from the main body of a thing; a ramification; a subdivision; an outgrowth.
    • n branch Specifically— Any member or part of a body or system; a department; a section or subdivision: as, a branch of a society; the various branches of learning.
    • n branch A line of family descent, in distinction from some other line or lines from the same stock: as, the English or the Irish branch of a family.
    • n branch Any descendant in such a line.
    • n branch In geometry, any portion of a real curve capable of description by the continuous motion of a point. Every branch either extends to infinity or returns into itself (reëntrant branch); but some old geometers considered a branch to be ended by a cusp.
    • n branch A piece of pipe including a length of the main pipe and a shorter piece branching from it. When the latter is at right angles to the former, the branch is aT-branch; if at an acute angle, it is a y-branch. If there are two branching pieces, it is called a double branch.
    • n branch The metal piece on the end of the hose of a fire-engine to which the nozle is screwed.
    • n branch One of the sides of a horseshoe.
    • n branch In fortification, the wing or long side of a horn- or crown-work; also, one of the parts of a zig-zag approach.
    • n branch In a sword-hilt, either of two pieces which project at right angles to the barrel and to the blade of the sword, forming guards for the hand. See hilt.
    • n branch In entomology, the flagellum or outer portion of a geniculate antenna.
    • n branch In mining, a small vein, leader, or string of ore, connected with or seeming to branch from the main lode. See lode.
    • n branch In a bridle, either of two bent pieces of iron which bear the bit, the cross-chains, and the curb.
    • n branch In the southern and some of the western United States, the general name for any stream that is not a large river or a bayou.
    • n branch The diploma or commission issued by the proper authority to a pilot who has passed an examination for competency.
    • n branch A chandelier.
    • n branch A branched candlestick or candle.
    • branch Consisting of or constituting a branch; ramifying; diverging from a trunk, main stem, or main body: as, a branch road or railroad; a branch society.
    • branch To spread in branches; send out branches, as a plant.
    • branch To divide into separate parts or subdivisions; diverge; ramify.
    • branch To divide, as into branches; make subordinate divisions in.
    • branch To adorn with needlework; decorate with embroidery; adorn with flowers or other ornament, as in textile fabrics.
    • n branch In mathematics, some one determination of a many-valued function selected for consideration. Thus the values log. x, log. x + 2 π i, log. x + 4 π i, …, may be said to belong to different branches of the function log. x. In coal-mining, a road in long-wall working leading off a level, Heading, or other main road.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the Great Seal of the US the eagle grasps 13 arrows and an olive branch.
    • n Branch bransh a shoot or arm-like limb of a tree: anything like a limb of a tree: any offshoot or subdivision, a section or department of a subject: any subordinate division of a business, &c., as a branch-bank or pawn-shop
    • v.t Branch to divide into branches
    • v.i Branch to spread out as a branch (with out, off, from)
    • ***


  • Federico Garcia Lorca
    Federico Garcia Lorca
    “Green how I want you green. Green wind. Green branches.”
  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
    “That man's the true Conservative who lops the moldered branch away.”
  • James Stephens
    James Stephens
    “A woman is a branchy tree and man a singing wind; and from her branches carelessly he takes what he can find.”
  • Wilferd A. Peterson
    Wilferd A. Peterson
    “Let me look upward into the branches of the flowering oak and know that it grew great and strong because it grew slowly and well.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Politics is the entertainment branch of industry.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “There are thousands hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.”


Olive branch - If you hold out or offer an olive branch, you make a gesture to indicate that you want peace.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. braunche, F. branche, fr. LL. branca, claw of a bird or beast of prey; cf. Armor. brank, branch, bough


In literature:

About halfway up the tree a long branch thrust itself forth till it fairly overhung a thick young spruce.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Iron Knife had laid fresh branches on the fire.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Or take a chafing-dish of burning charcoal, place it under the branches of the bush or tree, and throw on it a little brimstone.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Pilei soft-corinaceous, much branched; the branches flattened, furrowed and somewhat dilated at the apex.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
The branch line was short.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
Great trees grew close together with their branches intertwined.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
The distance from the ground at which the trunk begins to branch and the extent of the branching should be noted.
"Trees of the Northern United States" by Austin C. Apgar
He found trees of every size up to two feet in diameter cleanly felled, and stripped of their branches.
"The House in the Water" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The request was made that the income should be devoted to some branch of commercial education.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
Repeat the pinching two or three times if necessary, until a disposition to branch shows itself.
"The Mayflower, January, 1905" by Various

In poetry:

The branches,
jointed, pointing
up and out, shine
out like brass.
"Moonrise" by Yvor Winters
As the west wind sougheth,
Through the swaying pine,
Sweep tho' all my branches
With thy song divine.
"Invocation" by Mathilde Blind
"Oh, tear me, root and branches!
No longer let me be
A living head-stone, brooding
O'er the grave of liberty."
"A Tree In The Ghetto" by Morris Rosenfeld
I'll just be what I am
Without root without branch without crown
I'll lean on myself
On my own bumps and bruises
"Give Me Back My Rags #12" by Vasko Popa
Like trees whose roots are deep, and
Whose branches flowing,
Firmly resist the shock, while
The storm is blowing.
"The Crisis" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
I watched it long and long
Till a flying sunfish
Swam through its branches.
He had opal wings
And a sapphire tail.
"The Apple-Jelly-Fish-Tree" by Hilda Conkling

In news:

Branching Out to Serve a Growing but Dying Market.
Military work aside, Intific is starting to branch out into commercial products, based on technologies that it's developed in its government work.
Tech companies branching into Pacific NW.
Christie's brash words on N.J. Supreme Court may be undermining state's judicial branch.
Olive branch solves a Bronze Age mystery.
Township A Range 12, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- It's easy to know that native brook trout are thriving at West Branch Pond Camps.
The quick-spreading fire was battled by members of more than a dozen area fire squads using water from the East Branch of the Delaware River.
The popular greenway system in Suwanee will soon grow another branch.
Mrs Mary Jane Buckler , age 83, of Flowery Branch, GA, passed away on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at Willowwood Nursing Home.
Mary Jane Buckler , age 83, of Flowery Branch, GA, passed away on October 2, 2012.
An entire branch of chemistry-organic chemistry-is devoted to the study of carbon-based matter.
Historic Concert Features Paul Anka, Peter Asher, Michelle Branch, Cobra Starship, Shawn Colvin, Chris Isaak, Lyle Lovett, Raul Malo, Graham Nash, Stevie Nicks, Boz Scaggs, and Patrick Stump.
The bulkhead is located at the junction of the East Branch of the Delaware River and the Binnekill stream.
As temperatures plunged in Wrightwood Friday evening, snowflakes flew, leaving a layer of white on tree branches and the windshields of cars.
View full size Michael Lloyd / The Oregonian Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown oversees the state elections office as well as other branches of her agency.

In science:

Ke3] that the boundaries of these two branchings are homeomorphic and that the branchings of Definition 1 are multiplicative.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
Throughout this paper we denote by Yt a critical branching process with geometric offspring distribution (Galton-Watson process) and by Zt a critical branching process with geometric offspring distribution and one intruder at each generation.
No more than three favourite sites for simple random walk
I describe the two separate branches if the degenerate solutions are excluded, and they obey two many-fingered algebras on the corresponding independent branches of the theory.
A note on topological brane theories
The matrix S + is not degenerate either as long as we stay at the branch µ = 0 (or equivalently by H+ defined by C + I ) and S− is not degenerate at the µ (or equivalently by H− branch defined by C − I ).
A note on topological brane theories
Because T X ∩ Vκ = T , this branch b is really a cofinal branch through T .
On the consistency of the definable tree property on \aleph_1