1a 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. (in general use) any bush, shrub, or herbaceous plant with a tall erect stem, e.g. a banana plant. 2a wooden structure or part of a structure. archaic
or literary the cross on which Christ was crucified.
3a thing that has a branching structure resembling that of a tree. (also tree diagram) a diagram with a structure of branching connecting lines, representing different processes and relationships. 1North American force (a hunted animal) to take refuge in a tree. informal
, chiefly US force (someone) into a difficult situation.
(as adjective treed
) (of an area) planted with trees:sparsely treed grasslands