Branch

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The twisty branch of a Lilac tree

A branch is a part of a woody plant such as a tree, shrub, or vine. It is any woody structural member that is not the central trunk or trunks and which supports the terminal twigs, which in turn support the leaves. Branches may be oriented in any direction from horizontally to vertically, but usually have bark similar to the upper trunk (whereas twigs often have markedly different bark).

The word also has many figurative senses, often expressing the idea of a subdivision.

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Computing

  • In a computer program, a conditional jump or departure from the implicit or declared order in which instructions are being executed (see Goto and Jump instruction); also used as a verb meaning to perform such a jump
  • In software engineering, a separate line of development, which allows development on a project to diverge in two directions, such as a stable and a development version; see fork (software)

Place names

da:Gren (plantedel)

de:Ast eo:brancxo nl:Tak (plant)

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