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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.
 2. To divide into separate parts or subdivision.
 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.
    To branch out into a long disputation.   --Spectator.