Branch vs Category - What's the difference?

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As a proper noun branch

is .

As a noun category is

a group, often named or numbered, to which items are assigned based on similarity or defined criteria.



Alternative forms



(es) (wikipedia branch)
  • The woody part of a tree arising from the trunk and usually dividing.
  • Any of the parts of something that divides like the branch of a tree.
  • the branch of an antler, a chandelier, a river, or a railway
  • (geometry) One of the portions of a curve that extends outwards to an indefinitely great distance.
  • the branches of a hyperbola
  • A location of an organization with several locations.
  • Our main branch is downtown, and we have branches in all major suburbs.
  • A line of family descent, in distinction from some other line or lines from the same stock; any descendant in such a line.
  • the English branch of a family
  • * Carew
  • his father, a younger branch of the ancient stock
  • (Mormonism) A local congregation of the LDS Church that is not large enough to form a ward; see .
  • An area in business or of knowledge, research.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-01
  • , author=Robert L. Dorit , title=Rereading Darwin , volume=100, issue=1, page=23 , magazine= citation , passage=We live our lives in three dimensions for our threescore and ten allotted years. Yet every branch of contemporary science, from statistics to cosmology, alludes to processes that operate on scales outside of human experience: the millisecond and the nanometer, the eon and the light-year.}}
  • (nautical) A certificate given by (Trinity House) to a pilot qualified to take navigational control of a ship in British waters.
  • (computer architecture) A sequence of .
  • Synonyms

    * (part of a tree) bough, tillow, twig, see also


  • To arise from the trunk or a larger branch of a tree.
  • To produce branches.
  • To divide into separate parts or subdivisions.
  • (computing) To jump to a different location in a program, especially as the result of a conditional statement.
  • category


  • A group, often named or numbered, to which items are assigned based on similarity or defined criteria.
  • *
  • The traditional way of describing the similarities and differences between constituents is to say that they belong to categories'' of various types. Thus, words like ''boy'', ''girl'', ''man'', ''woman'', etc. are traditionally said to belong to the category''' of Nouns, whereas words like ''a'', ''the'', ''this'', and ''that'' are traditionally said to belong to the ' category of Determiners.
    This steep and dangerous climb belongs to the most difficult category .
    I wouldn't put this book in the same category as the author's first novel.
  • (mathematics) A collection of objects, together with a transitively closed collection of composable arrows between them, such that every object has an identity arrow, and such that arrow composition is associative.
  • One well-known category has sets as objects and functions as arrows.
    Just as a monoid consists of an underlying set with a binary operation "on top of it" which is closed, associative and with an identity, a category consists of an underlying digraph with an arrow composition operation "on top of it" which is transitively closed, associative, and with an identity at each object. In fact, a category's composition operation, when restricted to a single one of its objects, turns that object's set of arrows (which would all be loops) into a monoid.


    * (group to which items are assigned) class, family, genus, group, kingdom, order, phylum, race, tribe, type * See also

    Derived terms

    * category mistake * category theory * conceptual category * perceptual category * subcategory * supercategory