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tree (trē)
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n.
1.
a. A perennial woody plant having a main trunk and usually a distinct crown.
b. A plant or shrub resembling a tree in form or size.
2.
a. Something that resembles a tree in form, especially a diagram or arrangement that has branches showing relationships of hierarchy or lineage.
b. Computers A structure for organizing or classifying data in which every item can be traced to a single origin through a unique path.
3.
a. A wooden beam, post, stake, or bar used as part of a framework or structure.
b. A saddletree.
4. Archaic
a. A gallows.
b. The cross on which Jesus was crucified.
tr.v. treed, tree·ing, trees
1. To force up a tree: Dogs treed the raccoon.
2. Informal To force into a difficult position; corner: the reporters finally treed the mayor.
3. To supply or cover with trees: a hillside that is treed with oaks.
Idiom:
up a tree Informal
In a situation of great difficulty or perplexity; helpless.

[Middle English, from Old English trēow; see deru- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

treeless adj.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
 
Tree (trē), Sir Herbert Beerbohm 1853-1917.
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British actor and producer who founded the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (1904).

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
 

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