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noun [countable] branch pronunciation in American English /bræntʃ/
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  1. 1
    a part of a tree that grows out of its trunk (=main stem) with leaves, flowers, or fruit growing on it. A very small branch is called a twig
    The wind rustled the bare branches of the trees.
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  2. 3
    a part of a particular area of study or knowledge
    branch of: Mechanics is a branch of physics.
    the branch of medicine that treats ailments of the stomach
  3. 4
    a section of a family who are all related to one person who lived in the past
    branch of: One branch of Jane’s family lives in San Francisco.
  4. 5
    a part of a river that leads away from the main part
    branch of: the larger branches of the Mekong River


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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