(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. member, arm, bough, limb, ramification; shoot, offshoot; part.See ancestry. — v. i. fork, divide, bifurcate; radiate, diverge. See disjunction.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A part, usually of secondary importance]
Syn. tributary, outpost, chapter, member, part, office, bureau, division, subdivision, section, derivative, Dependency, subsidiary, affiliate, arm, wing, classification, department, category, ramification, local office, branch office, branch factory, etc.; see also division 2 .
2. [A secondary shoot]
Syn. bough, limb, offshoot, sprig, twig, sucker, scion, bud, arm, fork, growth.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
1. limb bough, arm, twig, offshoot.
2.unit division, subdivision, department, bureau, wing, affiliate, arm, chapter, office. 3.tributary channel, feeder, stream.
fork, spread, divide, bifurcate, diverge, grow.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. Something resembling or structurally analogous to a tree branch: arm, fork, offshoot. See PART. 2. An area of academic study that is part of a larger body of learning: discipline, specialty. See PART. 3. A local unit of a business or an auxiliary controlled by such a business: affiliate, division, subsidiary. See PART. 4. A component of government that performs a given function: agency, arm, department, division, organ, wing. See PART. 5. A part of a family, tribe, or other group, or of such a group's language, that is believed to stem from a common ancestor: division, offshoot, subdivision. See PART. 6. Chiefly Regional. A small stream: brook1, creek. Chiefly Regional: kill2, run. See DRY. II verb To separate into branches or branchlike parts. Also used with out: bifurcate, diverge, divide, fork, ramify, subdivide. See PART.

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