- a leafy, shady recess formed by tree branches, shrubs, etc.
- a latticework bower intertwined with climbing vines and flowers.
- Obsolete. a grass plot; lawn; garden; orchard.
Origin of arbor1
- a bar, shaft, or axis that holds, turns, or supports a rotating cutting tool or grinding wheel, often having a tapered shank fitting tightly into the spindle of a machine tool.Compare mandrel.
- a beam, shaft, axle, or spindle.
- Metallurgy. a reinforcing member of a core or mold.
Origin of arbor2
- a tree.
Origin of arbor3
Examples from the Web for arbor
Arbor House wants to buy the next two Leonard novels for $3 million.
Arbor House, which is where he wanted to go anyway, buys the ten-year-old book for more than $300,000.
Arbor House is paying Leonard $3 million for Freaky Deaky, the one in the typewriter now, and the one after it.
As they drew near the arbor they heard Bradley say: "This was my dream, Dorothy."Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight
Mathew Joseph Holt
Then he waved his hand towards the long seat that stood at the back of the arbor.The Lion's Skin
Got it hung on the lattice in my arbor in the garden down home in Maryland.Mixed Faces
He might have won two planets, but he had turned his Eden into an arbor of deadly nightshade.It's All Yours
From close by, within the arbor, came the sound of faint whispering.The Adventures of Maya the Bee
- the US spelling of arbour
- a rotating shaft in a machine or power tool on which a milling cutter or grinding wheel is fitted
- a rotating shaft or mandrel on which a workpiece is fitted for machining
- metallurgy a part, piece, or structure used to reinforce the core of a mould
Word Origin and History for arbor
c.1300, herber, "herb garden," from Old French erbier "field, meadow; kitchen garden," from Latin herba "grass, herb" (see herb). Later "a grassy plot" (early 14c., a sense also in Old French), "a shaded nook" (mid-14c.). Probably not from Latin arbor "tree," though perhaps influenced by its spelling.
- A treelike anatomical structure.