• WordNet 3.6
    • n sapling young tree
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The citrus industry started in the United States in 1873 when two Riverside, CA ranchers obtained some orange saplings from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Two years earlier, the government had secured a dozen saplings from Brazil.
    • n sapling A young tree.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sapling A young tree: especially applied to an immature forest-tree when its trunk attains three or four inches in diameter.
    • n sapling Figuratively A young person.
    • n sapling A greyhound that has never run in a coursing-match; a young greyhound from the time of whelping to the end of the first season thereafter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Sapling a young tree, so called from being full of sap: a young greyhound during the year of his birth until the end of the coursing season which commences in that year
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sæp; Low Ger. sapp, juice, Ger. saft.


In literature:

Anderson Crow squinted up through the leafless treetops toward the setting sun; then he looked at the shadow of a sapling down on the bank.
"The Daughter of Anderson Crow" by George Barr McCutcheon
They dragged the hoy to the sapling, stood him erect against the slim trunk, and hound him fast with green withes.
"The Forest Runners" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The older man in the meantime hunted about until he found a dead white-birch sapling.
"The Silent Places" by Steward Edward White
Luke caught a sapling and held on.
"A Gentleman Vagabond and Some Others" by F. Hopkinson Smith
Some of these trees were mast-high, and some mere saplings.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece" by John Addington Symonds
The acorn, the sapling, and the oak are different stages of one continuous process.
"Recent Developments in European Thought" by Various
It was as limber as a sapling, and never growed brittle, like some wood, with age and dryness.
"Sea and Shore" by Mrs. Catharine A. Warfield
He walked quietly in the direction of it and saw Washington's horse tied to a sapling.
"Washington's Birthday" by Various
Thrice he struck at Theseus and made him bend under the blows like a sapling.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
Old Brin was not appeased by the shred of linen he had secured, and again began bending the sapling over.
"Bears I Have Met--and Others" by Allen Kelly

In poetry:

The river glides in silence there,
And hardly waves the sapling tree:
Sweet flowers are springing, and the air
Is full of balm,-- but where is she!
"Dirge Over A Nameless Grave" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
On Wenlock Edge the wood's in trouble;
His forest fleece the Wrekin heaves;
The gale, it plies the saplings double,
And thick on Severn snow the leaves.
"XXXI: Wenlock Edge" by A E Housman
From the earth's loosened mould
The sapling draws its sustenance, and thrives;
Though stricken to the heart with winter's cold,
The drooping tree revives.
"Earlier Poems : An April Day" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Strike it down, that other boughs may flourish
Where that perished sapling used to be;
Thus, at least, its mouldering corpse will nourish
That from which it sprung—Eternity.
"Death, that struck when I was most confiding" by Emily Jane Bronte
There is no path. The saplings choke
The trunks they spring from. There an oak
Lies rotting; and that sycamore,
Which lays its bulk from shore to shore,--
Uprooted by the floods,--perchance,
May be the bridge to some romance.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part II" by Madison Julius Cawein
I sigh for the pleasures of long ago
In youth's sweet halcyon time;
When better beloved than the thoroughfare
By multitudes trod were the woodlands, where
Was never a path that I did not know,
Nor thrifty sapling I dared not climb.
"The Woods" by Hattie Howard

In news:

More than 200 trees, including sycamores that were saplings in the 1800s, are slated to be clear cut from the northwestern end of Bull's Island state park.
An Unsappy Tale About Saplings.
Benefield is beneficiary of oak sapling .
She Digs Me Stands Tall in Sapling .
She Digs Me dominates the Sapling at Monmouth.
She Digs Me Takes On 10 Juveniles in Sapling .
Tyro winner She Digs Me returns to Monmouth for the Sapling Stakes.
Welcome to a greener, more self-sustaining Hau'ula, thanks to ' ulu sapling donations.
A Sapling With Very Tall Limbs.
Morse obtains saplings from the Missouri Dept.
The Alabama Forestry Commission gave away tree saplings Friday at Bass Pro Shops in Spanish Fort.
Mansfield in northern Ohio has chosen a city Christmas tree that began as a 6-inch sapling from a fast-food children's meal.
The News Journal reports resident Harold Masters and his grandsons got several saplings in 1996 when McDonald's distributed them to mark Arbor Day.
MANSFIELD — The city of Mansfield has chosen a community Christmas tree that began as a 6-inch sapling from a fast-food children's meal.
The city of Mansfield has chosen a community Christmas tree that began as a 6-inch sapling from a fast-food children's meal.

In science:

Therefore we can use the results obtained above and conclude that the scale-free network (in the strict sense outlined above) is not closed under proportional sapling of nodes; for sufficiently large degrees, however, the tail of the degree distribution will still have a powerlaw form.
Sampling properties of random graphs: the degree distribution
Most point patterns also include other types of measurements for each point, such as categorical label (e.g., species label) or size (e.g., height of pine saplings).
On the Use of Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables for Testing Spatial Segregation