from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A perennial woody plant having a main trunk and usually a distinct crown.
- n. A plant or shrub resembling a tree in form or size.
- n. Something, such as a clothes tree, that resembles a tree in form.
- n. A wooden beam, post, stake, or bar used as part of a framework or structure.
- n. A saddletree.
- n. A diagram that has branches in descending lines showing relationships as of hierarchy or lineage: a family tree; a telephone tree.
- n. Computer Science A structure for organizing or classifying data in which every item can be traced to a single origin through a unique path.
- n. Archaic A gallows.
- n. Archaic The cross on which Jesus was crucified.
- transitive v. To force up a tree: Dogs treed the raccoon.
- transitive v. Informal To force into a difficult position; corner.
- transitive v. To supply with trees: treed the field with oaks.
- transitive v. To stretch (a shoe or boot) onto a shoetree.
- idiom up a tree Informal In a situation of great difficulty or perplexity; helpless.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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).
- n. Any plant that is reminiscent of the above but not classified as a tree in the strict botanical sense: for example the banana "tree".
- n. An object made from a tree trunk and having multiple hooks or storage platforms.
- n. A device used to hold or stretch a shoe open.
- n. The structural frame of a saddle.
- n. A connected graph with no cycles or, equivalently, a connected graph with n vertices and n-1 edges.
- n. A recursive data structure in which each node has zero or more nodes as children.
- n. 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.
- n. Any structure or construct having branches akin to (1).
- n. The structure or wooden frame used in the construction of a saddle used in horse riding.
- n. Marijuana.
- v. To chase (an animal or person) up a tree.
- v. To place upon a tree; to fit with a tree; to stretch upon a tree.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any perennial woody plant of considerable size (usually over twenty feet high) and growing with a single trunk.
- n. Something constructed in the form of, or considered as resembling, a tree, consisting of a stem, or stock, and branches.
- n. A piece of timber, or something commonly made of timber; -- used in composition, as in axletree, boottree, chesstree, crosstree, whiffletree, and the like.
- n. A cross or gallows; as Tyburn tree.
- n. Wood; timber.
- n. A mass of crystals, aggregated in arborescent forms, obtained by precipitation of a metal from solution. See Lead tree, under Lead.
- transitive v. To drive to a tree; to cause to ascend a tree.
- transitive v. To place upon a tree; to fit with a tree; to stretch upon a tree. See Tree, n., 3.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- Hence, figuratively, to deprive of the power of resistance; place at the mercy of an opponent; corner.
- To form or shape on a tree made for the particular use: as, to tree a boot.
- To take refuge in a tree, as a hunted animal.
- To grow to the size of a 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.
- n. In Queensland, same as bangkal.
- n. 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.
- n. A figure resembling a tree.
- n. 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. In mathematics, a diagram composed of branching lines.
- n. 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. A gallows or gibbet; especially, the cross on which Christ was crucified.
- n. The material of a tree; wood; timber.
- n. A piece of wood; a stick; specifically, a staff or cudgel.
- n. 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. Same as arbor-vitæ, 1.
- n. In annt., the arbor-vitæ of the cerebellum.
- n. Synonyms Shrub, Bush, etc. See vegetable.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. plant with trees
- n. a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
- n. English actor and theatrical producer noted for his lavish productions of Shakespeare (1853-1917)
- v. force a person or an animal into a position from which he cannot escape
- v. stretch (a shoe) on a shoetree
- v. chase an animal up a tree
- n. a figure that branches from a single root
Adam's excuse for eating of the forbidden fruit, "She gave me of the tree and I did eat," is said to be thus ingeniously explained by the learned Rabbis: By giving him of the _tree_ is meant that Eve took a stout crab-tree cudgel, and gave her husband (in plain English) a sound rib-roasting, until he complied with her will!
Consequently, all _goats_ were driven from the banks of this river; but one day, Theŏclos observed that the branches of a fig tree bent into the stream, and it immediately flashed into his mind that the Messenian word for _fig tree_ and _goat_ was the same.
The tree near the front of an ancient castle was called the _Covine tree_, probably because the lord received his company there.
Before sailing, he wrote a letter for de Cordes, which he left buried at the foot of a tree, and nailed a board to the tree, on which was painted, _Look at the bottom of this tree_.
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Marry Scholer, but I would not be there, nor indeed from under this tree; for look how it begins to rain, and by the clouds (if I mistake not) we shall presently have a smoaking showre; and therefore fit close, this _Sycamore tree_ will shelter us; and I will tell you, as they shall come into my mind, more observations of flie-fishing for
Sometimes, it is convenient to include among trees the null tree, a \ "tree\" with no nodes, which we shall represent by Λ.
All you know for sure on an 8in tree is the spread is greater than 8 inches.
If I'm not mistaken fig tree is Greek for military judge.
The main tree is lit in a ‘crack-smoker disco’ style, while its lesser auxiliary christmas trees are of a more subdued festive style.
In the title tree, she has found an almost perfect metaphor.
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