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Pronunciation: /triː

Definition of tree in English:


1A woody perennial plant, typically having a single stem or trunk growing to a considerable height and bearing lateral branches at some distance from the ground.
Example sentences
  • At the same time, branch-cutting was encouraged to get the tree to grow a single, main trunk.
  • He wrapped his wings around himself and then leaned back against the trunk of the tree, watching the ground beneath him.
  • Unlike many plants that grow in trees, epiphytic orchids are not parasites and don't harm the plants on which they grow.
conifer, evergreen;
bush, shrub
2A wooden structure or part of a structure.
2.1 archaic or literary The cross on which Christ was crucified.
2.2 archaic A gibbet.
3A thing that has a branching structure resembling that of a tree.
Example sentences
  • Both structure-based trees are moderately resolved with very short internal branches.
  • It would be interesting to get data on how widespread the practice of parallel source code trees is outside the Linux project.
  • As you build up the GUI, the design tree reflects the widget hierarchy.
3.1 (also tree diagram) A diagram with a structure of branching connecting lines, representing different processes and relationships.
Example sentences
  • It is famously understood that Darwin used a tree diagram to represent evolutionary relationships.
  • It gets a bit clumsy showing the generational relationships with brackets - a tree diagram gives a clearer picture as the generations continue.
  • This growth pattern tends to make the tableau look like a tree diagram or organizational chart.

verb (trees, treeing, treed)

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1North American Force (a hunted animal) to take refuge in a tree.
Example sentences
  • Last week residents of midtown Palo Alto, California, were warned of a cougar on the prowl in their neighborhood, where another big cat was treed and shot last May.
  • But when you finally drag yourself up to where the lion is treed, it's a spectacular sight.
  • Hunting dogs have an easier time treeing a raccoon than forcing it out of a burrow.
1.1 informal , chiefly US Force (someone) into a difficult situation.
Example sentences
  • Then the original cat treed him up the kitchen chair.
  • I want that filthy vamp found, treed, and worried to bits!
2 (as adjective treed) (Of an area) planted with trees: sparsely treed grasslands
More example sentences
  • The view seems idyllic - a broad expanse of glistening lake under a big blue sky, surrounded by treed shoreline.
  • On a wide coastal plain, a broad river with sparsely treed grasslands on either side meandered towards the foothills.
  • The property itself is very well treed providing a lovely haven for our feathered friends.


Old English trēow, trēo: from a Germanic variant of an Indo-European root shared by Greek doru 'wood, spear', drus 'oak'.


out of one's tree

informal Completely stupid; mad.
Example sentences
  • Be prepared to be bored out of your tree for three whole hours.
  • They get bored out of their tree and they have nowhere to go.
  • There he was, completely out of his tree, looking like he'd been dragged through a sewer.

up a tree

informal , chiefly North American In a difficult situation without escape; cornered.
Example sentences
  • My favorite explanation of the three-act structure is this: In the first act, you get your hero up a tree.



Example sentences
  • The town sits on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert to the north, and the vast, treeless plains of the arid Nullabor Plains to the east.
  • Trapped between the Wind Rivers, Gros Ventre and Wyoming mountain ranges, the upper Green River Basin is a desolate, treeless expanse twice the elevation of Snoqualmie Pass.
  • The alternative was being housed in evacuee accommodation of the type we saw on the way back to Kiev, a 10-storey structure in the middle of a treeless, desolate field.


Example sentences
  • Through the window of treelessness, the sunset is paralysing, a fireball sinking into rolling hills.
  • But as for the cons, the treelessness is only in some places and that's because this is part of the prairie states.
  • Other hypothesized explanations for treelessness have included both soil moisture limitations or excessive soil moisture.


Example sentences
  • These tree-like creatures, agonizingly slow and covered with mossy bark, nursed themselves on tales of past glory while their numbers dwindled in their isolation.
  • Its 45-inch pallav had beautiful tree-like motifs.
  • The firm also said that with tree-like masts, the actual antennae for sending signals had to be placed five metres below the top of the mast, and that would have made it pointless installing a mast at that location.

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