tree trunk


  • flicker on tree trunk by hole
    flicker on tree trunk by hole
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tree trunk the main stem of a tree; usually covered with bark; the bole is usually the part that is commercially useful for lumber
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Additional illustrations & photos:

three nuthatches in tree, two of them upside down on trunk three nuthatches in tree, two of them upside down on trunk
Creeper on tree trunk Creeper on tree trunk


  • Lao-Tzu
    “A tree trunk the size of a man grows from a blade as thin as a hair. A tower nine stories high is built from a small heap of earth.”


In literature:

The huge tree trunks sprang up toward a firmament of somber green, from which descended dense festoons of vines.
"Sacrifice" by Stephen French Whitman
As soon as she halts before the king, her hands and feet are bound to a bench near the trunk of a tree.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
But lest some storm should overthrow these tree trunks there were four lofty peaks connected by chains of mountains.
"A Book of Discovery" by Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
It was a tree not over thirty or forty feet high, with a trunk of less than a foot in thickness, and of a brownish colour.
"The Young Voyageurs" by Mayne Reid
I saw that the rope had been fastened round the trunk of a small tree.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
The men had gone away, leaving their wedges in an unusually large tree trunk.
"The Story of the Greeks" by H. A. Guerber
In the morning our camp was still surrounded by the pigeons, sweeping about among the tree-trunks, and gathering the mast as they went.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
The trunk and even the branches of the mature tree become hollow.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Taking advantage of all the bushes and trunks of trees on the way, I approached the antelopes without disturbing them.
"Adventures in Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Like woodpeckers, they feed on insects, which they pick off the trunks and branches of trees.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar

In poetry:

I once a King and chief
Now am the tree-bark’s thief,
Ever ’twixt trunk and leaf
Chasing the prey.
"The Woodpecker" by William Morris
I sit beneath your leaves, old oak,
You mighty one of all the trees;
Within whose hollow trunk a man
Could stable his big horse with ease.
"The Old Oak Tree" by William H Davies
As we drove away through the shadow,
The candle she held in the door
From rain-varnished tree-trunk to tree-trunk
Flashed fainter, and flashed no more;--
"An Ember Picture" by James Russell Lowell
I walk through the woods. The tree trunks are black.
Two go leaning towards each other.
The black chasm of the universe above me.
I am leaning into it
and listening.
"A Suicide in front of a Mirror" by Srecko Kosovel
Our tree was fair in trunk and shoot,
Its verdant boughs bore flower and fruit
That ripened in the sun;
Why should the bramble shoot its thorn,
When of the fruits these stems had borne
The hand could pluck but one.
"For The Carrier Of The Mirror. 1826" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard
Like the leafless plant that twines around
The forest tree so fair and high,
And when in that withering clasp 'tis bound,
Leaves the blighted trunk to die,—
Thy vows round my trusting heart have bound,
And now thou leav'st me to misery!
"His Indian Love to Diogo Alvarez" by Louisa Stuart Costello

In news:

Spiral crack develops in 186-year-old tree's trunk.
I have an old oak tree that's starting to get ant problems about 8 feet up the trunk.
Devout see Virgin Mary in N.J. Tree trunk, erect shrine around it.
We have an ornamental red leaf tree in our backyard that has several splits in the trunk.
Enlarge Jerry McCrea/The Star-Ledger Tree trunks with their lengths marked on the ends during wood milling production at CitiLog in Newark.
AP Photo/Mel Evans Citilog workers are pictured loading wood planks recently cut from discarded tree trunks into a truck.
'Cross' found in trimmed cemetery tree trunk creating a buzz in Lafayette.
Cross Revealed in Tree Trunk .
Our Lady of Guadalupe image appears in New Jersey tree trunk .
When Jerry Kramer finishes stripping a tree trunk, it's not just bark that he sees.
Semi carrying tree trunks crashes on I-75 closing highway.
Vertical cracks on tree trunks caused when warm, sunny days are followed by bitter cold.
One of my trees is more than 50 years old, and it has developed a black liquid and wetness at the base of its trunk.
"Stock" comes from Germanic words meaning stick or tree trunk.
Santa Fe residents said they spotted an image of the Lady of Guadalupe in a tree trunk.

In science:

Suppose that some tree has 2 ends with positive probability. A tree with precisely two ends has a trunk, the unique bi-infinite simple path in the tree.
Processes on Unimodular Random Networks
The elementary tree of any given link is composed of this link, which is then called the trunk of the elementary tree (see Fig. 4.11 (top)), and all links having the middle hit in common and with approximately the same values of track parameters (in this case we have only one track parameter: the slope of the link).
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC
Because of the branches of any elementary tree must be compatible with the slope of the trunk, any chain built in this way also have smooth transitions between their links. selection criteria.
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC
Thus the physical sciences –more especially physics–correspond to the main branches adjoining the trunk, while the various applied sciences and their derivatives, biological sciences, social sciences (especially economics), and so on, branch further and further out on this Tree.
Mathematics : The Language of Science
His definition is also not inconsistent with the ‘tree-trunk’ analogy which merely emphasizes the feeder role of Mathematics for the development of the other sciences.
Mathematics : The Language of Science