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  8  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Branch  \Branch\,  n.;  pl  {Branches}.  [OE.  braunche  F.  branche, 
  fr  LL  branca  claw  of  a  bird  or  beast  of  prey;  cf  Armor. 
  brank  branch,  bough.] 
  1.  (Bot.)  A  shoot  or  secondary  stem  growing  from  the  main 
  stem,  or  from  a  principal  limb  or  bough  of  a  tree  or  other 
  plant. 
 
  2.  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 
  --W.  Irving. 
 
  3.  Any  member  or  part  of  a  body  or  system;  a  distinct 
  article;  a  section  or  subdivision;  a  department. 
  ``Branches  of  knowledge.''  --Prescott. 
 
  It  is  a  branch  and  parcel  of  mine  oath.  --Shak. 
 
  4.  (Geom.)  One  of  the  portions  of  a  curve  that  extends 
  outwards  to  an  indefinitely  great  distance;  as  the 
  branches  of  an  hyperbola. 
 
  5.  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. 
  --Carew. 
 
  6.  (Naut.)  A  warrant  or  commission  given  to  a  pilot, 
  authorizing  him  to  pilot  vessels  in  certain  waters. 
 
  {Branches  of  a  bridle},  two  pieces  of  bent  iron,  which  bear 
  the  bit,  the  cross  chains,  and  the  curb. 
 
  {Branch  herring}.  See  {Alewife}. 
 
  {Root  and  branch},  totally,  wholly. 
 
  Syn:  Bough;  limb;  shoot;  offshoot;  twig;  sprig. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Branch  \Branch\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  divide  as  into  branches;  to  make  subordinate  division 
  in 
 
  2.  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. 
  --Spenser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Branch  \Branch\,  a. 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Branch  \Branch\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Branched};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Branching}.] 
  1.  To  shoot  or  spread  in  branches;  to  separate  into  branches; 
  to  ramify. 
 
  2.  To  divide  into  separate  parts  or  subdivision. 
 
  {To  branch  off},  to  form  a  branch  or  a  separate  part  to 
  diverge. 
 
  {To  branch  out},  to  speak  diffusively;  to  extend  one's 
  discourse  to  other  topics  than  the  main  one  also  to 
  enlarge  the  scope  of  one's  business,  etc 
 
  To  branch  out  into  a  long  disputation.  --Spectator. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  branch 
  n  1:  an  administrative  division  of  some  larger  or  more  complex 
  organization;  "a  branch  of  Congress"  [syn:  {subdivision}, 
  {arm}] 
  2:  a  division  of  a  stem,  or  secondary  stem  arising  from  the 
  main  stem  of  a  plant 
  3:  a  part  of  a  forked  or  branching  shape;  "he  broke  off  one  of 
  the  branches";  "they  took  the  south  fork"  [syn:  {fork},  {leg}] 
  4:  a  natural  consequence  of  development  [syn:  {outgrowth},  {offshoot}, 
  {offset}] 
  5:  a  stream  or  river  connected  to  a  larger  one 
  6:  any  projection  that  is  thought  to  resemble  an  arm;  "the  arm 
  of  the  record  player";  "an  arm  of  the  sea";  "a  branch  of 
  the  sewer"  [syn:  {arm}] 
  v  :  divide  into  two  or  more  branches;  "The  road  forks"  [syn:  {ramify}, 
  {fork},  {separate}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Branch,  AR  (city,  FIPS  8440) 
  Location:  35.30606  N,  93.95626  W 
  Population  (1990):  299  (132  housing  units) 
  Area:  6.5  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  72928 
  Branch,  LA 
  Zip  code(s):  70516 
  Branch,  MI 
  Zip  code(s):  49402 
  Branch,  MN  (city,  FIPS  7318) 
  Location:  45.51459  N,  92.95757  W 
  Population  (1990):  2400  (720  housing  units) 
  Area:  88.4  sq  km  (land),  0.9  sq  km  (water) 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  branch 
 
  1.    An  {edge}  in  a  {tree}. 
 
  2.    A  {jump}. 
 
  (1998-11-14) 
 
 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Branch 
  a  symbol  of  kings  descended  from  royal  ancestors  (Ezek.  17:3, 
  10;  Dan.  11:7);  of  prosperity  (Job  8:16);  of  the  Messiah,  a 
  branch  out  of  the  root  of  the  stem  of  Jesse  (Isa.  11:1),  the 
  "beautiful  branch"  (4:2),  a  "righteous  branch"  (Jer.  23:5),  "the 
  Branch"  (Zech.  3:8;  6:12). 
 
  Disciples  are  branches  of  the  true  vine  (John  15:5,  6).  "The 
  branch  of  the  terrible  ones"  (Isa.  25:5)  is  rightly  translated 
  in  the  Revised  Version  "the  song  of  the  terrible  ones,"  i.e., 
  the  song  of  victory  shall  be  brought  low  by  the  destruction  of 
  Babylon  and  the  return  of  the  Jews  from  captivity. 
 
  The  "abominable  branch"  is  a  tree  on  which  a  malefactor  has 
  been  hanged  (Isa.  14:19).  The  "highest  branch"  in  Ezek.  17:3 
  represents  Jehoiakim  the  king. 
 




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