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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tree
  1. [Bot] Any perennial woody plant of considerable size (usually over twenty feet high) and growing with a single trunk.
  2. Something constructed in the form of, or considered as resembling, a tree, consisting of a stem, or stock, and branches; as, a genealogical tree .
  3. A piece of timber, or something commonly made of timber; -- used in composition, as in axle tree, boot tree, chess tree, cross tree, whiffle tree, and the like.
  4. A cross or gallows; as Tyburn tree."Jesus] whom they slew and hanged on a tree." [Acts x. 39.]
  5. Wood; timber.(Obs)"In a great house ben not only vessels of gold and of silver but also of tree and of earth." [Wyclif (2 Tim. ii. 20).]
  6. [Chem] A mass of crystals, aggregated in arborescent forms, obtained by precipitation of a metal from solution. See Lead tree, under Lead.

Note: ☞ The kind of tree referred to, in any particular case, is often indicated by a modifying word; as forest tree, fruit tree, palm tree, apple tree, pear tree, etc.

Etymology: OE. tree tre treo, AS. treó treów, tree, wood; akin to OFries. trē, OS. treo trio, Icel. trē, Dan. træ, Sw. trä träd, Goth. triu, Russ. drevo, W. derw an oak, Ir. darag darog, Gr. dry^s a tree, oak, do`ry a beam, spear shaft, spear, Skr. dru tree, wood, dāru wood. √63, 241. Cf. Dryad Germander Tar (n.) Trough

verb Tree
  1. To drive to a tree; to cause to ascend a tree; as, a dog trees a squirrel.
  2. To place upon a tree; to fit with a tree; to stretch upon a tree; as, to tree a boot. See Tree (n.), 3.
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  1. English actor and theatrical producer noted for his lavish productions of Shakespeare (1853-1917)
  2. A tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
  3. A figure that branches from a single root ("genealogical tree")
  4. Stretch (a shoe) on a shoetree
  5. Chase an animal up a tree ("the hunters treed the bear with dogs and killed it" and "her dog likes to tree squirrels")
  6. Plant with trees ("this lot should be treed so that the house will be shaded in summer")
  7. Force a person or an animal into a position from which he cannot escape

From Middle English tree, tre, treo, treou, trew, trow, from Old English trēo, trēow (“tree, wood, timber, beam, log, stake, stick, grove, cross, rood”), from Proto-Germanic *trewą (“tree, wood”), from pre-Germanic *dréu̯om, thematic e-grade derivative of Proto-Indo-European *dóru (“tree”).

From the same Proto-Indo-European: Scots tree (“wood, rod, stick”), North Frisian tre, trä (“tree”), Middle Dutch tree > Dutch teer (“tree”), Danish træ (“tree”), Swedish trä (“wood”), träd (“tree”), Norwegian tre (“tree”), Icelandic tré (“tree”), Gothic 𐍄𐍂𐌹𐌿 (triu, “tree, wood, piece of wood”), Albanian dru (“tree, wood”), Welsh dâr (“oaks”), Ancient Greek δόρυ (dóru, “wood, spear”), Russian де́рево (dérevo) or дре́во (drévo), Tocharian A or. Related to tar, true.
  1. A large plant, not exactly defined, but typically over four meters in height, with a single trunk which grows in girth with age and branches (which also grow in circumference with age).
    Hyperion is the tallest living in the world.
    Birds have a nest in a in the garden.
  2. Any plant that is reminiscent of the above but not classified as a tree in the strict botanical sense: for example the banana "tree".
  3. An object made from a tree trunk and having multiple hooks or storage platforms.
    He had the choice of buying a scratching post or a cat .
  4. A device used to hold or stretch a shoe open.
    He put a shoe in each of his shoes.
  5. The structural frame of a saddle.
  6. (graph theory) A connected graph with no cycles or, equivalently, a connected graph with n vertices and n-1 edges.
  7. (computing theory) A recursive data structure in which each node has zero or more nodes as children.
  8. (graphical user interface) A display or listing of entries or elements such that there are primary and secondary entries shown, usually linked by drawn lines or by indenting to the right.
    We’ll show it as a list.
  9. Any structure or construct having branches akin to (1).
  10. The structure or wooden frame used in the construction of a saddle used in horse riding.
  11. (informal) Marijuana.
  12. (obsolete) A cross or gallows.
  13. (obsolete) wood; timber
  14. (chemistry) A mass of crystals, aggregated in arborescent forms, obtained by precipitation of a metal from solution.

tree was also found in the following language(s): Dutch and North Frisian

Notable Persons Named Tree

Tree Rollins is a basketball player for the Chicago Sky, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, and Orlando Magic in the Women's National Basketball Association. His most notable accomplishments were from 1977 to 1995. Tree was born on June 16th, 1955 in Winter Haven, Florida.


Tree Carr is a black metal, electro (music), and punk rock singing, multi-instrumentalist, and actor.


Tree was born in 1951.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Tree

Marietta Peabody Tree was a socialite and political supporter. Marietta was born on April 17th, 1917 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S. She passed away on August 15th, 1991.


Silver Tree is a film producer and television director. Silver was born in Petaluma, California, United States.


He was most active from 1915 to 1950. Chief was given the name Isaac Johnny John on July 2nd, 1877 in Michigan, USA. He left this life on July 6th, 1967.


Roland was born on September 26th, 1897. He breathed his last breath on July 14th, 1976.


Dorothy Tree was an actress and voice teacher. She was most active from 1927 to 1951. Dorothy was given the name Dorothy Estelle Triebitz on May 21st, 1906 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. Dorothy is also known as Dorothy Uris. She left this life on February 13th, 1992.


Iris Tree is a poet.


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Popularity of Tree as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Tree U.S.
  White 74.34% 64.26%
  African American 5.75% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.11% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 12.60% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.71% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.49% 16.26%

Of Last Name Tree

People with the last name Tree are most frequently White or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Tree

  • How Popular is the name Tree? As a last name Tree was the 35,057th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Tree first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Tree is Wednesday, May 12th, 1909.
  • How unique is the name Tree? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Tree. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Tree: Your name in reverse order is Eert. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tree. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Tree? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 643 people with the last name Tree.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tree? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Tree as their last name since less than 1 person in 455k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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