tree line


Examples of tree line in a Sentence

The hikers had reached the tree line by noon.
Recent Examples on the Web The Russians made six attempts to seize control of the tree line, Dmytro said, and his units repelled them each time with artillery. Oleksandr Chubko Lynsey Addario, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2024 The next day, on their seventh attempt, the Russians took the tree line and cut the lower road, Dmytro said. Oleksandr Chubko Lynsey Addario, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2024 The team could quantify the white spruce in the region with satellite imagery that shows how the tree line has changed over time. Matt Simon, WIRED, 4 Mar. 2024 The tree line ends at 1,500 feet, so unlike in the northeast or the Rockies the view consisted only of icy cornices, peaks, and gullies sheathed in a penetrating blanket of snow. David Amsden, Condé Nast Traveler, 2 Jan. 2024 Seen from this lofty vantage point, near the tree line atop the Van Sickle Trail, the south shore divides into bookends of vivid primary colors, all greens and blues. Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 Dial and Sullivan, who had been studying the northward march of the tree line in the warming Brooks Range, were shocked by how fast streams there started transforming. Alec Luhn, Scientific American, 19 Dec. 2023 In skiing parlance, the word describes terrain that is above the tree line, steep, sustained, and exposed — meaning a fall could be long and of high consequence. Gloria Liu, Travel + Leisure, 29 Nov. 2023 At the end of 2023, members of a Ukrainian artillery crew from the 10th Brigade sat inside a bunker nestled into a bare tree line in the country’s east, their Soviet-era 122-millimeter howitzer draped in camouflage netting and leafless branches. Thomas Gibbons-Neff Finbarr O’Reilly, New York Times, 13 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tree line was in 1893

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“Tree line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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