- [Bot] Any perennial woody plant of considerable size (usually over twenty feet high) and growing with a single trunk.
- Something constructed in the form of, or considered as resembling, a tree, consisting of a stem, or stock, and branches; as, a genealogical tree .
- 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.
- A cross or gallows; as Tyburn tree."Jesus] whom they slew and hanged on a tree." [Acts x. 39.]
- 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).]
- [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