tree

[tree]

noun

verb (used with object), treed, tree·ing.


Nearby words

  1. treblinka,
  2. trebuchet,
  3. trebucket,
  4. trecento,
  5. tredecillion,
  6. tree aster,
  7. tree creeper,
  8. tree cricket,
  9. tree diagram,
  10. tree ear

Idioms

    up a tree, Informal. in a difficult or embarrassing situation; at a loss; stumped.

Origin of tree

before 900; Middle English; Old English trēo(w); cognate with Old Frisian, Old Norse trē, Old Saxon treo, Gothic triu; akin to Greek drŷs oak, Sanskrit, Avestan dru wood

Related formstree·like, adjective

Tree

[tree]

noun

Sir Herbert Beer·bohm [beer-bohm] /ˈbɪər boʊm/, Herbert Beerbohm, 1853–1917, English actor and theater manager; brother of Max Beerbohm.
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British Dictionary definitions for tree

tree

noun

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
chem a treelike crystal growth; dendrite
  1. a branching diagrammatic representation of something, such as the grammatical structure of a sentence
  2. (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

verb trees, treeing or treed (tr)

to drive or force up a tree
to shape or stretch (a shoe) on a shoetree
Derived Formstreeless, adjectivetreelessness, nountreelike, adjective

Word Origin for tree

Old English trēo; related to Old Frisian, Old Norse trē, Old Saxon trio, Gothic triu, Greek doru wood, drus tree

Tree

noun

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
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Word Origin and History for tree

tree

n.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for tree

tree

[trē]

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.
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Idioms and Phrases with tree

tree

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.

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