tree

[ tree ]
/ tri /

noun

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

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
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British Dictionary definitions for trees (1 of 2)

Tree

/ (triː) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for trees (2 of 2)

tree

/ (triː) /

noun

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
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Word Origin and History for trees

tree


n.
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Science definitions for trees

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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Culture definitions for trees

“Trees”


(1913) A poem by the American poet Joyce Kilmer. Its opening lines are: “I think that I shall never see / A poem as lovely as a tree.”

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Idioms and Phrases with trees

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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