• A Lemon Tree
    A Lemon Tree
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tree stretch (a shoe) on a shoetree
    • v tree chase an animal up a tree "the hunters treed the bear with dogs and killed it","her dog likes to tree squirrels"
    • v tree plant with trees "this lot should be treed so that the house will be shaded in summer"
    • v tree force a person or an animal into a position from which he cannot escape
    • n Tree English actor and theatrical producer noted for his lavish productions of Shakespeare (1853-1917)
    • n tree a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
    • n tree a figure that branches from a single root "genealogical tree"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Trees and the Woodman The Trees and the Woodman
Up the Tree Up the Tree
Tree Tree
Cat in Tree Cat in Tree
Tree in Hamlet Tree in Hamlet

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over the course of one year, a coffee tree only produces about 1.5 pounds of coffee
    • Tree A cross or gallows; as Tyburn tree. "Jesus] whom they slew and hanged on a tree ."
    • Tree (Chem) A mass of crystals, aggregated in arborescent forms, obtained by precipitation of a metal from solution. See Lead tree, under Lead.
    • Tree A piece of timber, or something commonly made of timber; -- used in composition, as in axletree, boottree, chesstree, crosstree, whiffletree, and the like.
    • Tree (Bot) Any perennial woody plant of considerable size (usually over twenty feet high) and growing with a single trunk.
    • Tree Something constructed in the form of, or considered as resembling, a tree, consisting of a stem, or stock, and branches; as, a genealogical tree .
    • Tree To drive to a tree; to cause to ascend a tree; as, a dog trees a squirrel.
    • Tree To place upon a tree; to fit with a tree; to stretch upon a tree; as, to tree a boot. See Tree n., 3.
    • Tree Wood; timber. "In a great house ben not only vessels of gold and of silver but also of tree and of earth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Oak trees can live 200 or more years
    • n tree In Queensland, same as bangkal.
    • n tree A perennial plant which grows from the ground with a single permanent woody self-supporting trunk or stem, ordinarily to a height of at least 25 or 30 feet. The line which divides trees from shrubs is largely arbitrary, and dependent upon habit rather than size, the tree having a single trunk usually unbranched for some distance above the ground, while a shrub has usually several stems from the same root and each without a proper trunk. (See shrub.) Certain trees are anomalous or ambiguous in various respects. One is the giant cactus, with its columnar woody stem (see saguaro); another is the tree-fern. Some vines are of such dimensions as to form climbing trees—as, for example, species of Metrosideros in New Zealand, which at length destroy the supporting tree and stand in its place. The banana and plantain. though transient and somewhat herbaceons are called trees from their size. In a special use a low plant (as a rose) trained into tree-form is called a tree. A large trained vine is also sometimes so called. In general, trees are either endogenous or exogenous, by far the greater number both of individuals and of species belonging to the latter class. Those of which the whole foliage falls off periodically, leaving them bare in winter, are called deciduous; those of which the foliage falls only partially, a fresh crop of leaves being always supplied before the mature leaves are exhausted, are called evergreen. Trees are also distinguished as nuciferous, or nut-bearing; bacciferous, or berry-bearins; coniferous, or cone-bearing, etc. Some are forest-trees, and useful for timber or fuel; others are fruit-trees, and cultivated in gardens and orchards; others serve chiefly for shade and ornament.
    • n tree A figure resembling a tree. Specifically— A figure drawn in the outline form of a tree, to receive the record of the root or source, main stem, and branches of a family: specifically called a genealogical or family tree.
    • n tree A natural figuration having more or less resemblance to a tree, assumed by or appearing on the surface of some substances under certain conditions.
    • n tree In mathematics, a diagram composed of branching lines.
    • n tree In electrolytic cells, a formation of tree-like groups of crystals projecting from the plates. In some forms of storage batteries these tree-formations are apt to give trouble by short-circuiting the cells.
    • n tree A gallows or gibbet; especially, the cross on which Christ was crucified.
    • n tree The material of a tree; wood; timber.
    • n tree A piece of wood; a stick; specifically, a staff or cudgel.
    • n tree In mech., one of numerous pieces or framings of wood technically so called: generally in composition, but sometimes used separately in connection with an explanatory context. For those used in vehicles, see axletree, doubletree, swingletree, whiffletree, etc.; for those in ships, chess-tree, crosstree, trestletree, etc.; for others, boot-tree, saddletree, etc.
    • n tree Same as arbor-vitæ, 1.
    • n tree In annt., the arbor-vitæ of the cerebellum.
    • n tree Synonyms Shrub, Bush, etc. See vegetable.
    • tree To drive into a tree, as a hunted animal fitted for climbing, such as animals of the cat kind, racoons, opossums, and squirrels; compel to take refuge in a tree, as a man fleeing from wolves.
    • tree Hence, figuratively, to deprive of the power of resistance; place at the mercy of an opponent; corner.
    • tree To form or shape on a tree made for the particular use: as, to tree a boot.
    • tree To take refuge in a tree, as a hunted animal.
    • tree To grow to the size of a tree.
    • tree To take the form of a tree, or a tree-like shape, as a metal deposited from a solution of one of its salts under the action of an electric current.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: One beaver can cut down as many as 216 trees per year.
    • n Tree trē a plant having a single trunk, woody, branched, and of a large size: anything like a tree: wood, as in the compounds axle-tree, saddle-tree, &c.: a cudgel:
    • v.t Tree to drive into a tree, to corner: to form on a tree
    • v.i Tree to take refuge in a tree
    • n Tree trē (B.) a cross
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples.”
  • Jim Rohn
    “If you don't like how things are, change it! You're not a tree.”
  • Roy L. Smith
    Roy L. Smith
    “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”
  • William Blake
    “A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “Friendship is a sheltering tree.”
  • Karl Baker
    Karl Baker
    “Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees.”


Barking up the wrong tree - If you are barking up the wrong tree, it means that you have completely misunderstood something or are totally wrong.
Can't see the forest for its trees - If someone can't see the forest for its trees, they are too focused on specific details to see the picture as a whole.
Forest for the trees - (USA) If someone can't see the forest for the trees, they get so caught up in small details that they fail to understand the bigger picture.
Just as the twig is bent, the tree’s inclined - Things, especially education, that affect and influence us in our childhood shape the kind of adult we turn out to be. (There are various versions of this, like 'As the twig is bent, the tree's inclined' and 'As the twig is bent, so the tree inclines', 'As the twig is bent so is the tree inclined')
Money doesn`t grow on trees - This means that you have to work to earn money; it doesn't come easily or without effort.
The apple does not fall far from the tree - Offspring grow up to be like their parents.
Up a gum tree - (AU) If you're up a gum tree, you're in trouble or a big mess.
Wood for the trees - (UK) If someone can't see the wood for the trees, they get so caught up in small details that they fail to understand the bigger picture.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tree, tre, treo, AS. treó, treów, tree, wood; akin to OFries. trē, OS. treo, trio, Icel. trē, Dan. træ, Sw. trä, träd, Goth. triu, Russ. drevo, W. derw, an oak, Ir. darag, darog, Gr. dry^s a tree, oak, do`ry a beam, spear shaft, spear, Skr. dru, tree, wood, dāru, wood. √63, 241. Cf. Dryad Germander Tar (n.) Trough
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. treó, treów; Ice. tré, Gr. drus, Sans. dru.


In literature:

The chess-trees, the cross-trees, the rough-trees, the trestle-trees, and the waste-trees.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
If these plants were grown directly into bearing trees, it is probable that no two trees would produce the same kind of fruit.
"The Apple-Tree" by L. H. Bailey
We must not think, however, that because Nature placed no trees on the prairies that trees will not grow there.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
The tree had grown apace, and Molly grew like the tree.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
How the tree gleams, dressed in its spring garb, before all the other trees in the place!
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
He saw that the fallen tree would protect him.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
That is a dead tree with heavy roots still adhering.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
It is a fact worthy of note that the beginning of every tree-fruit industry is marked by the use of seedling trees.
"The Pecan and its Culture" by H. Harold Hume
As fast as they touched a hand or foot to a tree, back it flew with a jerk exactly as if the tree pushed it.
"The Children's Book of Christmas Stories" by Various
On the grave of the Prince's father grew a rose-tree, a very beautiful rose-tree.
"The Yellow Fairy Book" by Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang

In poetry:

But the woodman's cot
By the ivied trees
Awakens not
To light or breeze.
"Interval" by Edward Thomas
Winds echo through the trees,
And are unseen,
Though we may feel the breeze
Ever so keen.
"Winds" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Only a gray sky,
Grass, trees, grass again,
And all the air a cloud that drips, drips,
All day.
"Last Hours" by John Freeman
Through the bare branches
Sigh'd the chill breeze,
As the sun went down
Where the leafless trees
"The Dew-Drop: A Metrical Fantasy" by Samuel Lover
Again, I saw you beneath the blooms of
Those lilac-trees in the garden old.
Ah me! each tree is a mark for tombs of
Dead dreams and memories still and cold.
"Years Ago" by Victor James Daley
Ash-tree, ash-tree,
Bending o'er the water—
Ash-tree, ash-tree,
Hadst thou a daughter?
Ash-tree, ash-tree, let me draw near,
Ash-tree, ash-tree, a word in thine ear!
"Dead-Maid's-Pool" by Sydney Thompson Dobell

In news:

Learn how to beautifully wrap all those holiday goodies, and make the gifts under your tree shine just as much as the tree itself.
Beavers apparently destroyed a tree in Austin, Minn. A viewer sent photos of a tree on Main Street.
JOSHUA TREE , Calif (AP) — Officials say a 42-year-old rock climber has died at Joshua Tree National Park.
A few weeks ago they made a 35-mile backpack trip to the Wallowas in northeast Oregon to see a rare, stately old tree (possibly the oldest living tree in the state), a limberpine high on Cusick Mountain.
Using its tail for support, the bird can back down a tree as easily as it can climbup a tree.
9-12) Objective To use tree cookies to determine climate patterns where the tree had been growing.
Variety of tree cookie samples (cross sections of tree trunks), if possible from different locations such as woodlands, wetlands, etc.
The Tree Pullers were designed because sometimes you want the entire tree removed--stump, roots and all.
When the Waldo Canyon Fire raced through the Mountain Shadows neighborhood, it destroyed a tree that many called a community Christmas tree.
Oh Christmas tree , oh dried up Christmas tree .
Protect trees with tree wraps, which are available in most garden centers.
Local Scouts decorate a tree prior to last year's Mountain Home Festival of Trees.
BGE Supports Baltimore County's Big Trees Sale by Helping Customers Choose Trees Compatible with Power Lines.
It is made from trees collected through Fayetteville's Yardwaste Program and trees dropped off at the composting site.
A Pennsylvania hunter was left dangling in a tree after his tree stand apparently fell apart—with him in it.

In science:

Similarly, in the tree automata theory, tree-like structures are operated on by automata which take symbols in tree nodes as inputs.
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
In tree automata theory this type of tree linking is done by replacing a symbol in the first tree by the root of the second tree (Figure 4).
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
Given W a well labelled tree and U an embedded tree in the same conjugacy class of trees, the corresponding walks wW and wU belong to the same conjugacy class of walks.
Random Planar Lattices and Integrated SuperBrownian Excursion
Given a pattern-avoidance tree T (B ), we would like to find an isomorphic (in the category of rooted trees) generating tree.
Finitely labeled generating trees and restricted permutations
The advantage is that the tree T (v) is uniquely specified even if the component containing v has cycles; below we shall sum the probability that the reduced component of a vertex is a particular tree over all trees.
The phase transition in inhomogeneous random graphs