To branch off
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. [1913 Webster]

2. To divide into separate parts or subdivision. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

To branch out into a long disputation. --Spectator. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To branch out — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To divide into separate parts or subdivision. [1913 Webster] {To branch off},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • branch off — v. (D; intr.) to branch off from (the spur branches off here from the main line) * * * [ brɑːntʃ ɒf] (D;intr.) to branch offfrom (the spur branch offes off here from the main, line) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • branch off — ˌbranch ˈoff [intransitive/transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they branch off he/she/it branches off present participle branching off past tense …   Useful english dictionary

  • branch off — / branch out [v] extend beyond main part add to, develop, diverge, diversify, divide, enlarge, expand, extend, fork, grow, increase, multiply, part, proliferate, ramify, separate, spread out; concept 756 Ant. lessen, shrink …   New thesaurus

  • branch off — phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms branch off : present tense I/you/we/they branch off he/she/it branches off present participle branching off past tense branched off past participle branched off to leave the main part of something …   English dictionary

  • branch off — PHRASAL VERB A road or path that branches off from another one starts from it and goes in a slightly different direction. If you branch off somewhere, you change the direction in which you are going. [V P prep/adv] After a few miles, a small road …   English dictionary

  • branch off — {v.} To go from something big or important to something smaller or less important; turn aside. * /At the bridge a little road branches off from the highway and follows the river./ * /Martin was trying to study his lesson, but his mind kept… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • branch off — {v.} To go from something big or important to something smaller or less important; turn aside. * /At the bridge a little road branches off from the highway and follows the river./ * /Martin was trying to study his lesson, but his mind kept… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • branch\ off — v To go from something big or important to something smaller or less important; turn aside. At the bridge a little road branches off from the highway and follows the river. Martin was trying to study his lesson, but his mind kept branching off… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • branch off phrasal — verb (I) 1 if a road, passage, railway etc branches off from another road etc, it separates from it and goes in a different direction (+ from): a passage branching off from the main tunnel 2 to leave a main road (+ from/into): We branched off… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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