verb (used with object), treed, tree·ing.
Origin of tree
Related Words for treesapling, shrub, wood, forest, timber, seedling, woods, pulp, stock, softwood, hardwood, topiary
Examples from the Web for tree
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of tree
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.
- a branching diagrammatic representation of something, such as the grammatical structure of a sentence
- (as modifier)a tree diagram
verb trees, treeing or treed (tr)
Word Origin 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]
see bark up the wrong tree; can't see the forest for the trees; talk someone's arm off (the bark off a tree); up a tree.