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  Dictionary Definition of tree

noun, verb, treed, treeing.

-- noun
1. a perennial plant having a permanent, woody, self-supporting main stem or trunk, usually growing to a considerable height, and usually developing branches at some distance from the ground.
2. any of various shrubs, bushes, and herbaceous plants, as the banana, resembling a tree in form or size.
3. a family tree.
4. something resembling a tree in shape, as a crosstree, etc.
5. a pole, post, beam, bar, handle, or the like, as one forming part of some structure.
6. a shoetree.
7. a saddletree.
8. a treelike group of crystals, as one forming in an electrolytic cell.
9. Mathematics. a network with no loops.
10. a gallows or gibbet.
11. Archaic or Poetic the cross on which Christ was crucified.
-- verb (t)
12. to drive into or up a tree, as a hunted animal, or someone pursued by an animal.
13. Colloquial to put into a difficult position.
14. to stretch or shape on a tree, as a shoe or boot.
15. to furnish (a structure) with a tree.
-- phrase
16. be out of one's tree, Colloquial to be irrational; crazy.
[ME; OE treo ( w ), c. Icel. tre, Goth. triu; akin to Greek drs tree, oak]
-- treeless, adjective -- treelessness, noun -- treelike, adjective
noun Sir Herbert Beerbohm ( Herbert Beerbohm ), 1853--1917, English actor and theatre manager.