- a plant having a permanently woody main stem or trunk, ordinarily growing to a considerable height, and usually developing branches at some distance from the ground.
- any of various shrubs, bushes, and plants, as the banana, resembling a tree in form and size.
- something resembling a tree in shape, as a clothes tree or a crosstree.
- Mathematics, Linguistics. tree diagram.
- family tree.
- a pole, post, beam, bar, handle, or the like, as one forming part of some structure.
- a shoetree or boot tree.
- a saddletree.
- a treelike group of crystals, as one forming in an electrolytic cell.
- a gallows or gibbet.
- the cross on which Christ was crucified.
- Computers. a data structure organized like a tree whose nodes store data elements and whose branches represent pointers to other nodes in the tree.
- Christmas tree.
- to drive into or up a tree, as a pursued animal or person.
- Informal. to put into a difficult position.
- to stretch or shape on a tree, as a boot.
- to furnish (a structure) with a tree.
- up a tree, Informal. in a difficult or embarrassing situation; at a loss; stumped.
Origin of tree
- Sir Herbert Beer·bohm [beer-bohm] /ˈbɪər boʊm/, Herbert Beerbohm, 1853–1917, English actor and theater manager; brother of Max Beerbohm.
Examples from the Web for tree
Plenty of Jewish kids today grow up with a Christmas tree next to their menorah.Harry Potter and the Torah of Terror
Candida Moss, Joel Baden
January 4, 2015
His most recommended plant was tree ivy—its juices sprayed up the nostrils.History's Craziest Hangover Cures
December 30, 2014
Bohac vowed to that when he came back next year there would be no confusion about any Christmas tree or Santa aprons.A Field General in the War on Christmas
December 24, 2014
Civilians left flowers as well as a tiny frosted Christmas tree that had two red ornaments.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops
December 22, 2014
These guys are full parasites, taking sugar, water, and minerals from the tree.Mistletoe is the Vampire of Plants
December 21, 2014
Her lover played upon his flute, while she leaned against a tree and listened.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Often, during a thunderstorm a tree had been hit by lightning.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Marked a tree close to the camp F 85, being 85th camp from Geraldton.
Left a pack-saddle frame and two pack-bags hanging on a tree.
From the camp only plains were in sight, not a tree visible.
- any large woody perennial plant with a distinct trunk giving rise to branches or leaves at some distance from the groundRelated adjective: arboreal
- any plant that resembles this but has a trunk not made of wood, such as a palm tree
- a wooden post, bar, etc
- See family tree, shoetree, saddletree
- chem a treelike crystal growth; dendrite
- a branching diagrammatic representation of something, such as the grammatical structure of a sentence
- (as modifier)a tree diagram
- an archaic word for gallows
- archaic the cross on which Christ was crucified
- at the top of the tree in the highest position of a profession, etc
- up a tree US and Canadian informal in a difficult situation; trapped or stumped
- to drive or force up a tree
- to shape or stretch (a shoe) on a shoetree
- Sir Herbert Beerbohm . 1853–1917, English actor and theatre manager; half-brother of Sir Max Beerbohm. He was noted for his lavish productions of Shakespeare
Word Origin and History for tree
Old English treo, treow "tree" (also "wood"), from Proto-Germanic *trewan (cf. Old Frisian tre, Old Saxon trio, Old Norse tre, Gothic triu), from PIE *deru- "oak" (cf. Sanskrit dru "tree, wood," daru "wood, log;" Greek drys "oak," doru "spear;" Old Church Slavonic drievo "tree, wood;" Serbian drvo "tree," drva "wood;" Russian drevo "tree, wood;" Czech drva; Polish drwa "wood;" Lithuanian derva "pine wood;" Old Irish daur, Welsh derwen "oak," Albanian drusk "oak").
Importance of the oak in mythology is reflected in the recurring use of words for "oak" to mean "tree." In Old English and Middle English, also "thing made of wood," especially the cross of the Crucifixion and a gallows (cf. Tyburn tree, gallows mentioned 12c. at Tyburn, at junction of Oxford Street and Edgware Road, place of public execution for Middlesex until 1783). Sense in family tree first attested 1706; verb meaning "to chase up a tree" is from 1700. Tree-hugger, contemptuous for "environmentalist" is attested by 1989.
Minc'd Pyes do not grow upon every tree,
But search the Ovens for them, and there they be.
["Poor Robin," Almanack, 1669]
- Any of a wide variety of perennial plants typically having a single woody stem, and usually branches and leaves. Many species of both gymnosperms (notably the conifers) and angiosperms grow in the form of trees. The ancient forests of the Devonian, Mississippian, and Pennsylvanian periods of the Paleozoic Era were dominated by trees belonging to groups of seedless plants such as the lycophytes. The strength and height of trees are made possible by the supportive conductive tissue known as vascular tissue.