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This page has 28 definitions of tree with English translations in 6 languages. Tree is a noun, verb and numeral. Examples of how to use tree in a sentence are shown. Also define these 59 related words and terms: perennial, woody, plant, shrub, axis, trunk, reminiscent, classified, botanical, hook, platform, scratching post, frame, saddle, graph theory, graph, computing, theory, recursive, data structure, node, graphical user interface, display, entry, element, primary, secondary, structure, construct, branch, divergence, choice, family tree, skill tree, wooden, marijuana, cross, gallows, wood, timber, chemistry, crystal, aggregate, arborescent, precipitation, metal, solution, cartomancy, Lenormand, mathematics, TREE, step, yard, staircase, stair, tred, feet, three, and tre.

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English tree definition

root
trunk
branch
leaf
needle
fruit
A tree structure

Etymology

From Middle English tre, tree, treo, treou, trew, trow, from Old English trēo, trēow (tree, wood, timber, beam, log, stake, stick, grove, cross, rood), from Proto-West Germanic *treu, from Proto-Germanic *trewą (tree, wood), from pre-Germanic *dréwom, thematic e-grade derivative of Proto-Indo-European *dóru (tree).

Pronunciation

Noun

tree (plural trees or (obsolete) treen)

  1. A perennial woody plant, not exactly defined, but differentiated from a shrub by its larger size (typically over a few meters in height) or growth habit, usually having a single (or few) main axis or trunk unbranched for some distance above the ground and a head of branches and foliage.
    Hyperion is the tallest living tree in the world.
    Birds have a nest in a tree in the garden.
    • 1992 April 5, "The Full House", Jeeves and Wooster, Series 3, Episode 2:
      B. Wooster: Of all the places on this great planet of ours, West Neck, Long Island, has chosen to be the most unexciting. The last time anything remotely interesting happened here was in 1842, when a tree fell over. They still talk about it in the village.
    • 2019 October, Ian Walmsley, “Cleaning up”, in Modern Railways, page 42:
      When we see a train trapped behind (or embedded in) a fallen tree our first thought should be 'what was it doing there anyway?' [...] Trees are also responsible for numerous minor delays in autumn [due to leaves falling on the track], which rolling stock engineers are supposed to cope with as usual.
    • Plant definition
      An organism that is not an animal, especially an organism capable of photosynthesis. Typically a small or herbaceous organism of this kind, rather than a tree. (1 of 15 plant definitions)
    • Shrub definition
      A woody plant smaller than a tree, and usually with several stems from the same base.
  2. Any plant that is reminiscent of the above but not classified as a tree (in any botanical sense).
    the banana tree
    • Classified definition
      simple past tense and past participle of classify
    • Botanical definition
      Of or pertaining to botany; relating to the study of plants
  3. An object made from a tree trunk and having multiple hooks or storage platforms.
    He had the choice of buying a scratching post or a cat tree.
    • Scratching Post definition
      A wooden post, wrapped in a piece of carpet (or similar material), that a domestic cat is encouraged to scratch (rather than the furniture).
  4. A device used to hold or stretch a shoe open.
    He put a shoe tree in each of his shoes.
  5. The structural frame of a saddle.
  6. (graph theory) A connected graph with no cycles or, if the graph is finite, equivalently a connected graph with n vertices and n−1 edges.
  7. (computing theory) A recursive data structure in which each node has zero or more nodes as children.
    • Data Structure definition
      Any way of storing and organizing data in a computer so that it can be accessed efficiently.
  8. (graphical user interface) 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.
    We’ll show it as a tree list.
    • Graphical User Interface definition
      A type of user interface which allows people to interact with a computer through a metaphor of direct manipulation of graphical images and widgets in addition to text.
  9. Any structure or construct having branches representing divergence or possible choices.
    • Skill Tree definition
      A hierarchical visual representation of customizations a player can make to their character. Skill trees can either branch out or eventually fold back to a single point depending on the game. Typically some form of skill point is used as opposed to spending experience points.
  10. The structure or wooden frame used in the construction of a saddle used in horse riding.
  11. (in the plural, slang) Marijuana.
    • 2005, Eminem and Nate Dogg (lyrics), “Shake That”, in Curtain Call: The Hits:
      I like good pussy and I like good trees / Smoke so much weed you wouldn't believe
    • 2018, “Ace Feat. Smino & Saba”, in Room 25[1], performed by Noname:
      Whiskey with the team, got it bubblin' / I got trees in my luggage, I got tings out in London / Hope UK, what you say? Fuck is you sayin'?
  12. (obsolete) A cross or gallows.
    Tyburn tree
  13. (obsolete) Wood; timber.
    • Wood definition
      The substance making up the central part of the trunk and branches of a tree. Used as a material for construction, to manufacture various items, etc. or as fuel. (1 of 8 wood definitions)
    • Timber definition
      Trees in a forest regarded as a source of wood. (1 of 6 timber definitions)
  14. (chemistry) A mass of crystals, aggregated in arborescent forms, obtained by precipitation of a metal from solution.
    • Chemistry definition
      The branch of natural science that deals with the composition and constitution of substances and the changes that they undergo as a consequence of alterations in the constitution of their molecules. (1 of 3 chemistry definitions)
    • Arborescent definition
      Like a tree; having a structure or appearance similar to that of a tree; branching. (1 of 2 arborescent definitions)
    • Metal definition
      Chemical elements or alloys, and the mines where their ores come from.
      1. Any of a number of chemical elements in the periodic table that form a metallic bond with other metal atoms; generally shiny, somewhat malleable and hard, often a conductor of heat and electricity.
      2. Any material with similar physical properties, such as an alloy.
      3. An element which was not directly created after the Big Bang but instead formed through nuclear reactions; any element other than hydrogen and helium.
      4. Crushed rock, stones etc. used to make a road.
      5. The ore from which a metal is derived
      6. A mine from which ores are taken.
      (1 of 14 metal definitions)
  15. (cartomancy) The fifth Lenormand card.
  16. (uncountable, mathematics) Alternative letter-case form of TREE

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Hyponyms

Of the sense “a perennial plant”
computing, graph theory, mathematics
Other hyponyms of tree

Meronyms

Of the sense “a perennial plant”

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Verb

tree (third-person singular simple present trees, present participle treeing, simple past and past participle treed)

  1. (transitive) To chase (an animal or person) up a tree.
    The dog treed the cat.
    • 1897, Henry Howard et al. (eds.), Encyclopaedia of Sport, London: Lawrence & Bullen, Volume I, p. 599,[2]
      When hunted it [the jaguar] takes refuge in trees, and this habit is well known to hunters, who pursue it with dogs and pot it when treed.
  2. (transitive) To place in a tree.
    Black bears can tree their cubs for protection, but grizzly bears cannot.
  3. (transitive) To place upon a tree; to fit with a tree; to stretch upon a tree.
    to tree a boot
  4. (intransitive) To take refuge in a tree.

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Afrikaans tree definition

Etymology

From Dutch tree, syncopic form of trede, from Middle Dutch trede. Equivalent to a deverbal from treden.

Pronunciation

Noun

tree (plural treë)

  1. step (single act of placing the foot when walking)
    • Step definition
      An advance or movement made from one foot to the other; a pace. (1 of 18 step definitions)
  2. yard (unit of length)

Dutch tree definition

Alternative forms

Etymology

From syncope of trede, from Middle Dutch trede. Equivalent to a deverbal from treden.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /treː/, [treː], [treɪ̯]
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: tree
  • Rhymes: -eː

Noun

tree m (plural treden or treeën or trees, diminutive treetje n)

  1. step (of a staircase), stair
  2. step (distance of one step when walking)
  3. (archaic, also tred) a unit of length of about 2 to 3 feet, roughly equivalent to a yard
    • Tred definition
      starling

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Manx tree definition

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Etymology

From Old Irish trí, from Proto-Celtic *trīs, from Proto-Indo-European *tréyes.

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Numeral

tree

  1. three

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Middle English tree definition

Noun

tree

  1. Alternative form of tre
    • Tre definition
      three

North Frisian tree definition

Etymology

From Old Frisian thrē.

Numeral

tree

  1. (Heligoland) three