verb (used with object), treed, tree·ing.
- tree aster,
- tree creeper,
- tree cricket,
- tree diagram,
- tree ear
Origin of tree
Examples from the Web for tree
Plenty of Jewish kids today grow up with a Christmas tree next to their menorah.
His most recommended plant was tree ivy—its juices sprayed up the nostrils.
Bohac vowed to that when he came back next year there would be no confusion about any Christmas tree or Santa aprons.
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|Michael Daly|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These guys are full parasites, taking sugar, water, and minerals from the tree.
It makes the best quality of charcoal, and in many parts of England the tree is raised for this express purpose.Among the Trees at Elmridge|Ella Rodman Church
They had not gone more than a dozen yards when a shot rang out from behind a tree, and a bullet whizzed past over their heads.Linda Carlton's Island Adventure|Edith Lavell
As it soon grew very warm, they stopped to rest under a tree.Filipino Popular Tales|Dean S. Fansler
It was the prevailing belief during the middle ages, that the tree on which Judas hanged himself was an elder.The Vision and Creed of Piers Ploughman, Volume II of II|William Langland
Scions of this tree were obtained last spring and grafted onto several Chinese seedlings at the Kellogg Farm.Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting|Northern Nut Growers Association
- 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.