Definitions

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  • n. tree structure

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being arborescent; the resemblance to a tree in minerals, or crystallizations, or groups of crystals in that form.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being arborescent.
  • n. Something, as a mineral or a group of crystals, having the figure of a tree.

Etymologies

From French arborescence (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • An artist can transfer the acacia to canvas in a series of green and white dots and blurs, but he does not achieve all the beauty, for beneath the tree's arborescence is the fineness of an etching.

    The Spring of Joy: A Little Book of Healing

  • As a captive of Western analytical thought, what Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari call tree thinking or "arborescence" "reality" must be rooted or grounded, with its parts connected in fairly linear fashion, while object and subject remain separate, I came upon Rorty's work quite by accident, when a classmate handed me his "Contingency, Irony and Solidarity."

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  • En plus du texte, il devra concevoir un scénario non-linéaire, interactif, une arborescence hypernarrative, un story board visuel, des notes d'intention esthétique?

    Entretiens / Interviews / Entrevistas

  • Some of these fibers end in the nuclear layer by dividing into numerous branches, on which are to be seen peculiar moss-like appendages; hence they have been termed by Ramón y Cajal the moss fibers; they form an arborescence around the cells of the nuclear layer and are said to come from fibers in the inferior peduncle.

    IX. Neurology. 4a. The Hind-brain or Rhombencephalon

  • From the neck of the flask one or more dendrites arise and pass into the molecular layer, where they subdivide and form an extremely rich arborescence, the various subdivisions of the dendrites being covered by lateral spinelike processes.

    IX. Neurology. 4a. The Hind-brain or Rhombencephalon

  • Hence, in sections carried across the folium the arborescence is broad and expanded; whereas in those which are parallel to the long axis of the folium, the arborescence, like the cell itself, is seen in profile, and is limited to a narrow area.

    IX. Neurology. 4a. The Hind-brain or Rhombencephalon

  • This arborescence is not circular, but, like the cell, is flattened at right angles to the long axis of the folium; in other words, it does not resemble a round bush, but has been aptly compared by Obersteiner to the branches of a fruit tree trained against a trellis or a wall.

    IX. Neurology. 4a. The Hind-brain or Rhombencephalon

  • A timepiece of striated Connemara marble, stopped at the hour of 4.46 a.m. on the 21 March 1896, matrimonial gift of Matthew Dillon: a dwarf tree of glacial arborescence under a transparent bellshade, matrimonial gift of Luke and Caroline Doyle: an embalmed owl, matrimonial gift of

    Ulysses

  • Thus passed the leafy time when arborescence seems to be the one thing aimed at out of doors.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • Beginning with these in front, infrequent there but multiplying toward the place's rear, are bush and tree forms of evergreen holly, native rhododendrons, the many sorts of foreign cedars and our native ones white and red, their skyward lines modified as the square or pointed architecture of the house may call for contrasts in pointed or broad-topped arborescence.

    The Amateur Garden

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  • "And finally, beyond the winter-garden, through the various kinds of arborescence which from the street made the lighted window appear like the glass front of one of those children's playthings, pictured or real, the passer-by, drawing himself up on tiptoe, would generally observe a man in a frock-coat, a gardenia or a carnation in his buttonhole, standing before a seated lady, both vaguely outlined like two intaglios cut in a topaz, in the depths of the drawing-room atmosphere clouded by the samovar—then a recent importation—with steam which may escape from it still today, but to which, if it does, we have grown so accustomed now that no one notices it."
    -- Within a Budding Grove by Marcel Proust, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, Revised by D.J. Enright, pp 229-230 of the Modern Library paperback edition

    April 20, 2008