tree line


Definition of tree line 

Examples of tree line in a Sentence

The hikers had reached the tree line by noon.

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In Bethel, homes can span acres, apartment vacancies are hard to come by and mobile home parks hide behind clusters of evergreen trees lining the state highway. Scott Greenstone, The Seattle Times, "For homeless students in rural Washington, just getting to school is hard," 10 Sep. 2018 Though the floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto a tree lined residential street (there are mountains in the distance), the backyard has a dreamy cascading waterfall that streams from a pond to a pool. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Midcentury home with mountain views asks $910K," 25 July 2018 At that relatively low elevation and a latitude of 38 degrees north, the upper reaches of the mountain remain below the tree line, and most of the hillsides are covered in thick forests. John Hopewell, Washington Post, "PyeongChang is more than cold enough for the Winter Olympics. It’s just not that snowy.," 9 Feb. 2018 Out of Ski Bowl, on your right, at about tree line and measured at 7,920 feet, there is a route that leads 1 mile to a sparse, volcanic valley called the Gate (directly adjacent to 8,377-foot Red Butte to your right). Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Joining the ‘5 Percent Club’ at Mount Shasta," 22 Feb. 2018 The cycle is expected to worsen: Loss of alpine grasslands and an advancing tree line could cut leopard habitat by 30 percent, meaning more potential for intra-species conflict. Adam Popescu, Washington Post, "Tracking one of the world’s most elusive cats," 19 May 2018 North of downtown near S.A. International Airport, the course's layout requires accurate drives since trees line all of the narrow fairways. Jerry Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Golf options abound in San Antonio," 11 June 2018 Yes, a motorcycle racer had high-sided into the rocks above the tree line and catastrophe-dealing mists were closing in on the summit. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Volkswagen’s All-Electric Effort to Climb Out of Its P.R. Hole," 4 July 2018 Rows of lemon trees line the hillsides, desperately stretching their limbs to the ever-shining sun. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Heaven on earth? This Courier Journal sports writer thinks he found it," 29 June 2018

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1893, in the meaning defined above

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