Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A shady resting place in a garden or park, often made of rustic work or latticework on which plants, such as climbing shrubs or vines, are grown.
  • n. An axis or shaft supporting a rotating part on a lathe.
  • n. A bar for supporting cutting tools.
  • n. A spindle of a wheel, as in watches and clocks.
  • n. A tree, as opposed to a shrub.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A shady sitting place, usually in a park or garden, and usually surrounded by climbing shrubs or vines and other vegetation.
  • n. A grove of trees.
  • n. An axis or shaft supporting a rotating part on a lathe.
  • n. A bar for supporting cutting tools.
  • n. A spindle of a wheel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of latticework formed of, or covered with, vines, branches of trees, or other plants, for shade; a bower.
  • n. A tree, as distinguished from a shrub.
  • n.
  • n. An axle or spindle of a wheel or opinion.
  • n. A mandrel in lathe turning.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Literally, a tree: used in this sense chiefly in botanical names.
  • n. In mech.: The main support or beam of a machine.
  • n. The principal spindle or axis of a wheel or pinion communicating motion to the other moving parts.
  • n. A grass-plot; a lawn; a green.
  • n. A garden of herbs or of flowering plants; a flower-bed or flower-garden.
  • n. 3. A collection of fruit-trees; an orchard.
  • n. A bower formed by trees, shrubs, or vines intertwined, or trained over a latticework, so as to make a leafy roof, and usually provided with seats; formerly, any shaded walk.
  • n. A platform of boards upon which sea-island cotton is dried to prevent heating and improve the luster.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tree (as opposed to shrub)
  • n. a framework that supports climbing plants
  • n. any of various rotating shafts that serve as axes for larger rotating parts

Etymologies

Middle English erber, from Old French erbier, garden, from erbe, herb; see herb.
French arbre, from Latin arbor, tree.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English arbour, from Old French erbier ("field, meadow, kitchen garden"), from erbe ("grass, herb"), from Latin herba ("grass, herb") (English herb). The phonetic change to ar- was influenced by Latin arbor ("tree"). (Wiktionary)
From French arbre ("tree, axis"), spelling influenced by Latin arbor ("tree") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • No. The arbor is actually a medium size, meaning larger than normal but unfortunately not as big as many models.

    Fly Reel

  • The wall of the canal presents an anterior and a posterior longitudinal ridge, from each of which proceed a number of small oblique columns, the palmate folds, giving the appearance of branches from the stem of a tree; to this arrangement the name arbor vitæ uterina is applied.

    XI. Splanchnology. 3d. 3. The Uterus

  • In front of the arbor was a parterre of rounded box-bushes edging beds where disorderly roses hung in clusters of pink and purple and apricot-color.

    Three Soldiers

  • My arbor was a shady little retreat that gave me a complete illusion of country; from the far side of the old wall came the song of the tropical birds belonging to Antoinette's mother, and I heard the rollicking warble and twitter of the swallows perched on the house-top, and the chirp of the common sparrows as they flew about among the trees in the garden.

    The Story of a Child

  • The arbor was a simple affair, and easily copied from your sketch, and your portrait, my aunt thinks, is excellent -- but is the lady right? 'she repeated, turning towards him.

    The Rivals: A Chickahominy Story

  • On the other end of the arbor is a grooved pulley, over which passes a silken cord, which also passes round a delicate band-wheel, I, below, and by which, motion is communicated to the arbor and sounding wheel.

    Scientific American magazine, Vol. 2 Issue 1 The advocate of Industry and Journal of Scientific, Mechanical and Other Improvements

  • In years past, the arbor was the setting for a few powwows, either traditional or contest; with economic restrictions, the two powwows were combined into one.

    Minot Daily News

  • The sockets of the metal slitting saw blades refer to the standardized diameter of the cutter arbor which is used as clamping means.

    2. Types of milling tools to be applied

  • I was sitting that evening in the garden, in a kind of arbor, covered with weeping-vines.

    The Path of Duty, and Other Stories

  • They had built a kind of arbor, or pavilion, covered with branches, for dancing, and around this the people gathered while Mr. Brinson talked to them of the importance and necessity of education for every one, and I told them of the helpfulness of a comfortable and attractive school-house and pictures, and how they might improve and beautify the school-house by a little effort.

    The Woman's Association for the Betterment of Public School Houses in North Carolina

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