Meaning of TREE in English

I. ˈtrē noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English trēow; akin to Old Norse trē tree, Greek drys, Sanskrit dāru wood

Date: before 12th century


a. : a woody perennial plant having a single usually elongate main stem generally with few or no branches on its lower part

b. : a shrub or herb of arborescent form

rose tree s

a banana tree



(1) : a piece of wood (as a post or pole) usually adapted to a particular use or forming part of a structure or implement

(2) archaic : the cross on which Jesus was crucified

b. archaic : gallows

3. : something in the form of or resembling a tree: as

a. : a diagram or graph that branches usually from a simple stem or vertex without forming loops or polygons

a genealogical tree

phylogenetic tree s

b. : a much-branched system of channels especially in an animal body

the vascular tree

4. : saddletree

• tree·less -ləs adjective

• tree·like -ˌlīk adjective

II. transitive verb

( treed ; tree·ing )

Date: 1575


a. : to drive to or up a tree

treed by a bull

dogs tree ing game

b. : to put into a position of extreme disadvantage : corner ; especially : to bring to bay

2. : to furnish or fit (as a shoe) with a tree

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.