tree

1 of 2

noun

plural trees
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
4
treeless adjective
treelike adjective

see also out of one's tree

tree

2 of 2

verb

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

Examples of tree in a Sentence

Noun He chopped down the tree.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The Detroit rapper shared a snippet of a music video on Wednesday (July 18) which found him and the legendary producer standing in a field with tall grass and trees. Armon Sadler, VIBE.com, 18 July 2024 Many derechos pack wind gusts that blow at more than 100 mph, toppling power lines and trees and wreaking widespread devastation. Minnah Arshad, USA TODAY, 17 July 2024
Verb
Classifying these nuts can be vital, particularly for people who have severe allergies to tree nuts. Delaney Nothaft, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2023 In western north and central Texas, the warning was set to lift at 9 a.m. on Thursday, though power outages and tree damage across the area were still possible due to the ice. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 3 Feb. 2023 See all Example Sentences for tree 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of tree was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Tree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tree. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

tree

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: a woody plant that lives for years and has a usually single tall main stem with few or no branches on its lower part
b
: a shrub or herb that has a form like a tree
rose trees
a banana tree
2
: a piece of wood (as a post or pole) put to a particular use of forming part of a structure or device
3
: something shaped like or arranged in a form like a tree
especially : a diagram or graph in branching form compare factor tree, family tree sense 2
treeless adjective
treelike adjective

tree

2 of 2 verb
treed; treeing
1
: to drive up or as if up a tree
2
: to furnish or fit with a tree
tree an axle

Medical Definition

tree

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

Biographical Definition

Tree

biographical name

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

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