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Meaning of tree by Wiktionary Dictionary

tree


    A tree structure
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    plant
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    root
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    trunk
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    branch
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    leaf
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    fruit

    Etymology

    From Middle English tree, tre, treo, treou, trew, trow, from Old English trēo, trēow ( “tree, wood, timber, beam, log, stake, stick, grove, cross, rood” ), from Proto-Germanic *trewan ( “tree, wood” ), from pre-Germanic *dréu̯om, thematic e-grade derivative of Proto-Indo-European *dóru ( “tree” ). Cognate with Scots tree ( “wood, rod, stick” ), North Frisian tre, trä ( “tree” ), Middle Dutch tree ( “tree” ), Danish træ ( “tree” ), Swedish trä ( “wood” ), träd ( “tree” ), Norwegian tre ( “tree” ), Icelandic tré ( “tree” ), Gothic ( triu, “tree, wood, piece of wood” ), Albanian dru ( “tree, wood” ), Welsh dâr ( “oaks” ), Ancient Greek δόρυ ( dóry, “wood, spear” ), Tocharian A or. Related to tar, true .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /tɹiː/, /t͡ʃɹiː/
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /tɹi/, /t͡ʃɹi/
    • Rhymes: -iː

    Noun

    tree ( trees or treen ( obsolete ) )

    1. A large plant, not exactly defined, but typically over four meters in height, a single trunk which grows in girth with age and branches ( which also grow in circumference with age ) .
      Hyperion is the tallest living tree in the world .
      Birds have a nest in a tree in the garden .
    2. Any plant that is reminiscent of the above but not classified as a tree in the strict botanical sense: for example the banana "tree" .
    3. An object made from a tree trunk and having multiple hooks or storage platforms .
      He had the choice of buying a scratching post or a cat tree .
    4. A device used to hold or stretch a shoe open .
      He put a shoe tree in each of his shoes .
    5. The structural frame of a saddle .
    6. ( graph theory ) A connected graph with no cycles or, equivalently, a connected graph with n vertices and n-1 edges .
    7. ( computing theory ) A recursive data structure in which each node has zero or more nodes as children .
    8. ( graphical user interface ) A display or listing of entries or elements such that there are primary and secondary entries shown, usually linked by drawn lines or by indenting to the right .
      We’ll show it as a tree list .
    9. Any structure or construct having branches akin to ( 1 ) .
    10. The structure or wooden frame used in the construction of a saddle used in horse riding .
    11. ( informal ) Marijuana .

    Hypernyms

    Hyponyms

    • oak, fir, pine
    • see also: Wikisaurus:tree

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    See also

    • Category:Trees

    Verb

    tree ( third-person singular simple present trees present participle treeing, simple past and past participle treed )

    1. ( transitive ) To chase ( an animal or person ) up a tree .
      The dog treed the cat .
    2. ( transitive ) To place upon a tree; to fit with a tree; to stretch upon a tree .
      to tree a boot

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Explanation of tree by Wordnet Dictionary

tree


    Verb
    1. stretch ( a shoe ) on a shoetree

    2. chase an animal up a tree

    3. the hunters treed the bear with dogs and killed it
      her dog likes to tree squirrels
    4. plant with trees

    5. this lot should be treed so that the house will be shaded in summer
    6. force a person or an animal into a position from which he cannot escape

    Noun
    1. English actor and theatrical producer noted for his lavish productions of Shakespeare ( 1853-1917 )

    2. a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown

    3. a figure that branches from a single root

    4. genealogical tree


    Definition of tree by GCIDE Dictionary

    tree


    1. Tree ( trē ), n. [OE. tree, tre, treo, AS. treó, treów, tree, wood; akin to OFries. trē, OS. treo, trio, Icel. trē, Dan. trae, Sw. trä, träd, Goth. triu, Russ. drevo, W. derw an oak, Ir. darag, darog, Gr. δρῦς a tree, oak, δόρυ a beam, spear shaft, spear, Skr. dru tree, wood, dāru wood. √63, 241. Cf. Dryad, Germander, Tar, n., Trough.]

      1. ( Bot. ) Any perennial woody plant of considerable size ( usually over twenty feet high ) and growing with a single trunk.

      ☞ The kind of tree referred to, in any particular case, is often indicated by a modifying word; as forest tree, fruit tree, palm tree, apple tree, pear tree, etc.

      2. Something constructed in the form of, or considered as resembling, a tree, consisting of a stem, or stock, and branches; as, “a genealogical tree”.

      3. A piece of timber, or something commonly made of timber; -- used in composition, as in axletree, boottree, chesstree, crosstree, whiffletree, and the like.

      4. A cross or gallows; as Tyburn tree.

      [Jesus] whom they slew and hanged on a tree. Acts x. 39.

      5. Wood; timber. [Obs.] Chaucer.

      In a great house ben not only vessels of gold and of silver but also of tree and of earth. Wyclif ( 2 Tim. ii. 20 ).

      6. ( Chem. ) A mass of crystals, aggregated in arborescent forms, obtained by precipitation of a metal from solution. See Lead tree, under Lead.

      Tree bear ( Zool. ), the raccoon. [Local, U. S.] -- Tree beetle ( Zool. ) any one of numerous species of beetles which feed on the leaves of trees and shrubs, as the May beetles, the rose beetle, the rose chafer, and the goldsmith beetle. -- Tree bug ( Zool. ), any one of numerous species of hemipterous insects which live upon, and suck the sap of, trees and shrubs. They belong to Arma, Pentatoma, Rhaphigaster, and allied genera. -- Tree cat ( Zool. ), the common paradoxure ( Paradoxurus musang ). -- Tree clover ( Bot. ), a tall kind of melilot ( Melilotus alba ). See Melilot. -- Tree crab ( Zool. ), the purse crab. See under Purse. -- Tree creeper ( Zool. ), any one of numerous species of arboreal creepers belonging to Certhia, Climacteris, and allied genera. See Creeper, 3. -- Tree cricket ( Zool. ), a nearly white arboreal American cricket ( Ecanthus nivœus ) which is noted for its loud stridulation; -- called also white cricket. -- Tree crow ( Zool. ), any one of several species of Old World crows belonging to Crypsirhina
    2. Tree v. t. [imp. & p. p. Treed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Treeing.]
      1. To drive to a tree; to cause to ascend a tree; as, “a dog trees a squirrel”. J. Burroughs.

      2. To place upon a tree; to fit with a tree; to stretch upon a tree; as, “to tree a boot”. See Tree, n., 3.