SSFa group of members of a family who all have the sameancestors [↪ side]:
the wealthy South American branch of the family
of a river/road etc
a smaller less important part of a river, road, or railway that leads away from the larger more important part of it:
The rail company may have to close thebranch lineto Uckfield.
WORD FOCUS: tree WORD FOCUS: tree parts of a tree:trunk, branch, leaf, blossom, roots, bark, twig a large area of trees:forest, rainforest, jungle a small area of trees:wood/woods, thicketBritish English, copseBritish English types of tree:evergreen, deciduous, conifer, fruit tree, hardwood tree wood from trees:timber, lumber, firewoodtree ➔ See alsotree
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.