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a part of a tree that grows out from the trunk or from a bough. a lateral extension or subdivision extending from the main part of something, typically one extending from a river, road, or railway:a branch of the Susquehanna River a division or office of a large business or organization, operating locally or having a particular function:he went to work at our Boston branch a conceptual subdivision of something, especially a family, group of languages, or a subject:a branch of mathematics called graph theory Computing a control structure in which one of several alternative sets of program statements is selected for execution.
verb [no object]
(of a road or path) divide into one or more subdivisions. (of a tree or plant) bear or send out branches: (as adjective branched)the common sea lavender can be identified by its branched stem
) diverge from the main route or part:the road branched off at the town figurativeEllington was constantly branching off with new musical styles
) extend or expand one’s activities or interests in a new direction:the company is branching out into Europe