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Tree vs. Topiary

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Treenoun

(botany) A large plant, not exactly defined, but typically over four meters in height, with a single trunk that grows in girth with age and branches (that also grow in circumference with age).

‘Birds have a nest in a tree in the garden.’;

Topiaryadjective

Of, or relating to art of topiaries.

Treenoun

(botany) Any plant that is reminiscent of the above but not classified as a tree in the strict botanical sense.

‘the banana tree’;

Topiaryadjective

Of a tree or shrub, trimmed in artistic shape.

Treenoun

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 tree.’;

Topiarynoun

(uncountable) Art or practice of trimming shrubs or trees in artistic or ornamental shapes, e.g. of animals.

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Treenoun

A device used to hold or stretch a shoe open.

Topiarynoun

(countable) A garden decorated with such art.

Treenoun

The structural frame of a saddle.

Topiarynoun

(countable) One such shrub or tree.

‘We have topiaries for sale.’;

Treenoun

(graph theory) A connected graph with no cycles or, equivalently, a connected graph with n vertices and n-1 edges.

Topiary

Topiary is the horticultural practice of training perennial plants by clipping the foliage and twigs of trees, shrubs and subshrubs to develop and maintain clearly defined shapes, whether geometric or fanciful. The term also refers to plants which have been shaped in this way.

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Treenoun

(computing theory) A recursive data structure in which each node has zero or more nodes as children.

Treenoun

(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 tree list.’;

Treenoun

Any structure or construct having branches akin to (1).

‘family tree; skill tree’;

Treenoun

The structure or wooden frame used in the construction of a saddle used in horse riding.

Treenoun

(slang) Marijuana.

Treenoun

(obsolete) A cross or gallows.

‘Tyburn tree’;

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Treenoun

(obsolete) wood; timber

Treenoun

(chemistry) A mass of crystals, aggregated in arborescent forms, obtained by precipitation of a metal from solution.

Treenoun

(cartomancy) The fifth Lenormand card.

Treeverb

(transitive) To chase (an animal or person) up a tree.

‘The dog treed the cat.’;

Treeverb

(transitive) To place in a tree.

‘Black bears can tree their cubs for protection, but grizzly bears cannot.’;

Treeverb

(transitive) To place upon a tree; to fit with a tree; to stretch upon a tree.

‘to tree a boot’;

Treenoun

Any perennial woody plant of considerable size (usually over twenty feet high) and growing with a single trunk.

Treenoun

Something constructed in the form of, or considered as resembling, a tree, consisting of a stem, or stock, and branches; as, a genealogical tree.

Treenoun

A piece of timber, or something commonly made of timber; - used in composition, as in axletree, boottree, chesstree, crosstree, whiffletree, and the like.

Treenoun

A cross or gallows; as Tyburn tree.

‘[Jesus] whom they slew and hanged on a tree.’;

Treenoun

Wood; timber.

‘In a great house ben not only vessels of gold and of silver but also of tree and of earth.’;

Treenoun

A mass of crystals, aggregated in arborescent forms, obtained by precipitation of a metal from solution. See Lead tree, under Lead.

Treeverb

To drive to a tree; to cause to ascend a tree; as, a dog trees a squirrel.

Treeverb

To place upon a tree; to fit with a tree; to stretch upon a tree; as, to tree a boot. See Tree, n., 3.

Treenoun

a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms

Treenoun

a figure that branches from a single root;

‘genealogical tree’;

Treenoun

English actor and theatrical producer noted for his lavish productions of Shakespeare (1853-1917)

Treeverb

chase a bear up a tree with dogs and kill it

Treenoun

a woody perennial plant, typically having a single stem or trunk growing to a considerable height and bearing lateral branches at some distance from the ground.

Treenoun

(in general use) any bush, shrub, or herbaceous plant with a tall erect stem, e.g. a banana plant.

Treenoun

a wooden structure or part of a structure.

Treenoun

the cross on which Christ was crucified.

Treenoun

a gibbet.

Treenoun

a thing that has a branching structure resembling that of a tree.

Treenoun

a diagram with a structure of branching connecting lines, representing different processes and relationships.

Treeverb

force (a hunted animal) to take refuge in a tree.

Treeverb

force (someone) into a difficult situation.

Treeverb

(of an area) planted with trees

‘sparsely treed grasslands’;

Tree

In botany, a tree is a perennial plant with an elongated stem, or trunk, supporting branches and leaves in most species. In some usages, the definition of a tree may be narrower, including only wood plants with secondary growth, plants that are usable as lumber or plants above a specified height.

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