verb (used with object), treed, tree·ing.
Origin of tree
Related Words for treessapling, shrub, wood, forest, timber, seedling, woods, pulp, stock, softwood, hardwood, topiary
Examples from the Web for trees
Contemporary Examples of trees
Mistletoes infections can kill individual trees and stands of trees, and most mistletoe species attack specific tree species.Mistletoe is the Vampire of Plants
December 21, 2014
Working with Spanish cooperage Tevasa, they turn 150 year old trees into casks.How Much Do Whisky Casks Really Affect Taste?
December 10, 2014
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.Keep Christmas Commercialized!
P. J. O’Rourke
December 6, 2014
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.
Historical Examples of trees
Numerous lamps were lighted in the trees, making the gardens bright as noon.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
It was a short distance to the trees—twenty-five to forty yards, perhaps.
Then up the far slope he was lost at once in a host of trees.
And now, looking down the lane among the trees, he saw men surge into it.
It is certainly one of the most remarkable as well as celebrated of trees.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
- 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]
(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.”
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.