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tree

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noun \ ˈtrē \

Definition of tree

1 a :a woody perennial plant having a single usually elongate main stem generally with few or no branches on its lower part
b :a shrub or herb of arborescent form
  • rose trees
  • a banana tree
2 :something in the form of or resembling a tree: such as
a :a diagram or graph that branches usually from a simple stem or vertex without forming loops or polygons
  • a genealogical tree
  • phylogenetic trees
b :a much-branched system of channels especially in an animal body
  • the vascular tree
3 a (1) :a piece of wood (such as a post or pole) usually adapted to a particular use or forming part of a structure or implement
(2) archaic :the cross on which Jesus was crucified
b archaic :gallows

treeless

play \-ləs\ adjective

treelike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of tree in a Sentence

  1. He chopped down the tree.

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Origin and Etymology of tree

Middle English, from Old English trēow; akin to Old Norse trē tree, Greek drys, Sanskrit dāru wood

Other Wood Production Terms


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tree

verb

Definition of tree

treed; treeing
transitive verb
1 a :to drive to or up a tree
  • treed by a bull
  • dogs treeing game
b :to put into a position of extreme disadvantage :corner; especially :to bring to bay
2 :to furnish or fit (a shoe) with a tree

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First Known Use of tree

1575


Tree

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biographical name \ ˈtrē \

Definition of Tree

Sir Herbert (Draper) Beerbohm 1853–1917 English actor-manager


TREE Defined for English Language Learners

tree

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noun

Definition of tree for English Language Learners

  • : a usually tall plant that has a thick, wooden stem and many large branches

  • : a drawing that connects things with lines to show how they are related to each other


TREE Defined for Kids

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tree

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noun \ ˈtrē \

Definition of tree for Students

1 :a long-lived woody plant that has a single usually tall main stem with few or no branches on its lower part
2 :a plant of treelike form
  • a banana tree
3 :something shaped like a tree
  • a clothes tree

treeless

\-ləs\ adjective

treelike

\-ˌlīk\ adjective

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tree

verb

Definition of tree for Students

treed; treeing
:to force to go up a tree
  • A dog treed their cat.

Medical Dictionary

tree

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noun \ ˈtrē \

medical Definition of tree

:an anatomical system or structure having many branches
  • the vascular tree
— see biliary tree, bronchial tree, tracheobronchial tree


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