Pronunciation: (trē), [key]
n., v., treed, tree•ing.

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, a difficult or embarrassing situation; at a loss; stumped.

1. to drive into or up a tree, as a pursued animal or person.
2. put into a difficult position.
3. to stretch or shape on a tree, as a boot.
4. to furnish (a structure) with a tree.


Pronunciation: (trē), [key]
Sir Herbert Beer•bohm Pronunciation: (bēr'bōm), [key] (Herbert Beerbohm), 1853–1917, English actor and theater manager; brother of Max Beerbohm.

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