Meaning of TREE in English

— treelike , adj.

/tree/ , n. , v. , treed, treeing .


1. a plant having a permanently woody main stem or trunk, ordinarily growing to a considerable height, and usually developing branches at some distance from the ground.

2. any of various shrubs, bushes, and plants, as the banana, resembling a tree in form and size.

3. something resembling a tree in shape, as a clothes tree or a crosstree.

4. Math. , Ling. See tree diagram .

5. See family tree .

6. a pole, post, beam, bar, handle, or the like, as one forming part of some structure.

7. a shoetree or boot tree.

8. a saddletree.

9. a treelike group of crystals, as one forming in an electrolytic cell.

10. a gallows or gibbet.

11. the cross on which Christ was crucified.

12. Computers. a data structure organized like a tree whose nodes store data elements and whose branches represent pointers to other nodes in the tree.

13. See Christmas tree .

14. up a tree , Informal. in a difficult or embarrassing situation; at a loss; stumped.


15. to drive into or up a tree, as a pursued animal or person.

16. Informal. to put into a difficult position.

17. to stretch or shape on a tree, as a boot.

18. to furnish (a structure) with a tree.

[ bef. 900; ME; OE treo ( w ); c. OFris, ON tre, OS treo, Goth triu; akin to Gk drys oak, Skt, Avestan dru wood ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .