branch off

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a. A secondary woody stem or limb growing from the trunk or main stem of a tree or shrub or from another secondary limb.
b. A lateral division or subdivision of certain other plant parts, such as a root or flower cluster.
2. Something that resembles a branch of a tree, as in form or function, as:
a. A secondary outgrowth or subdivision of a main axis, such as the tine of a deer's antlers.
b. Anatomy An offshoot or a division of the main portion of a structure, especially that of a nerve, blood vessel, or lymphatic vessel; a ramus.
3. A limited part of a larger or more complex unit or system, especially:
a. An area of specialized skill or knowledge, especially academic or vocational, that is related to but separate from other areas: the judicial branch of government; the branch of medicine called neurology.
b. A division of a business or other organization.
c. A division of a family, categorized by descent from a particular ancestor.
d. Linguistics A subdivision of a family of languages, such as the Germanic branch of Indo-European.
a. A tributary of a river.
b. Chiefly Southern US See creek. See Note at run.
c. A divergent section of a river, especially near the mouth.
5. Mathematics A part of a curve that is separated, as by discontinuities or extreme points.
6. Computers
a. A sequence of program instructions to which the normal sequence of instructions relinquishes control, depending on the value of certain variables.
b. The instructions executed as the result of such a passing of control.
7. Chemistry A bifurcation in a linear chain of atoms, especially in an organic molecule where isomeric hydrocarbon groups can vary in the location and number of these bifurcations of the carbon chain.
v. branched, branch·ing, branch·es
1. To put forth a branch or branches; spread by dividing.
2. To come forth as a branch or subdivision; develop or diverge from: an unpaved road that branches from the main road; a theory that branches from an older system of ideas.
3. Computers To relinquish control to another set of instructions or another routine as a result of the presence of a branch.
1. To separate (something) into branches.
2. To embroider (something) with a design of foliage or flowers.
Phrasal Verbs:
branch off
To diverge from a main body or path: a new faction that branched off from an established political party.
branch out
1. To develop branches or tributaries: a river that branches out into a delta.
2. To expand the scope of one's interests or activities: a knitter who branched out into crocheting.

[Middle English, from Old French branche, from Late Latin branca, paw, perhaps from Gaulish *branka; perhaps akin to Lithuanian ranka and Russian *ruka, hand.]

branch′less adj.
branch′y adj.
Synonyms: branch, arm1, fork, offshoot
These nouns denote something resembling or structurally similar to a limb of a tree: a branch of a railroad; an arm of the sea; the western fork of the river; an offshoot of a mountain range.

w>branch off

vi (road)abzweigen; (driver)abbiegen
References in classic literature ?
Yet about half way we passed some old Indian ruins near Punta Gorda: I noticed also in front of some of the valleys, which branch off from the Despoblado, two piles of stones placed a little way apart, and directed so as to point up the mouths of these small valleys.
The road began to branch off there, white and undulating in the vapors of the night.
The discount supermarket chain will be welcoming customers to the Blakeston Lane branch off Junction Road in Norton from Thursday, February 15.
Six adults lifted the massive branch off Noah before paramedics were called.
Metroselskabet is in Copenhagen constructing Cityringen, Cityringen branch off to Nordhavn and Cityringen branch off to Sydhavnen (for short CRSH).
Travel stitch back along your starting line and branch off with more Stippling to fill in the background surrounding the star before forming another straight-lined star nearby.
After filling with blood, the stretched aorta contracts to its original diameter and pushes blood into the arteries that branch off from it.
At times, Hayward does meander down some philosophical rabbit holes that don't seem to lead anywhere specific, or that branch off into other theories.
In areas where you're hunting 2 1/2 and 3 1/2-year-old bucks, I prefer to use trees two to four inches in diameter (sometimes a branch off a mature pine is big enough to work fine).
Violent clashes raged on between free army fighters and regime forces near the Air Intelligence Branch off the old Der'a-Damscus Highway.
Sometimes they walked out on the branches as far as they could and then snapped the branch off to get the acorns.
Surgery traditionally has been the standard treatment for left main disease, with coronary stenting reserved only for patients at high risk for surgery who are "protected" by a previous bypass graft to at least one of the two major coronary arteries that branch off the left main artery, Abbott said.