verb (used with object), treed, tree·ing.
Origin of tree
Examples from the Web for trees
Mistletoes infections can kill individual trees and stands of trees, and most mistletoe species attack specific tree species.
Working with Spanish cooperage Tevasa, they turn 150 year old trees into casks.
And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down.
When summer comes, adult beetles attack and larva feed in the cambium layer, girdling the trees and sealing their doom.
The giant bear flicked his ears and, with unmistakable restraint, swung away and disappeared into the trees.
Bunker rowed the boat half way across the lake, and tied it to one of the trees that grew on a little island.Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Camp Rest-A-While|Laura Lee Hope
Presenty there was a little light—not much, but enough to mark clearly the dim outlines of the trees.Wang the Ninth|Putnam Weale
On the upper Tokachi, however, they are covered with the bark of trees.Alone with the Hairy Ainu|A. H. Savage Landor
The idea that the dead often passed into trees is well illustrated in the classics.Byways of Ghost-Land|Elliott O'Donnell
His touch is as light as the zephyr that stirs the diaphanous drapery of his trees.French Art|W. C. Brownell
British Dictionary definitions for trees (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for trees (2 of 2)
- 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
Word Origin and History for trees
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]
Science definitions for trees
Culture definitions for 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.”
Idioms and Phrases with trees
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.