—n. 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,Informal.in a difficult or embarrassing situation; at a loss; stumped.
—v.t. 1. to drive into or up a tree, as a pursued animal or person.
2. Informal.to 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] —n. Sir Herbert Beer•bohm Pronunciation: (bēr'bōm),[key](Herbert Beerbohm), 1853–1917, English actor and theater manager; brother of Max Beerbohm.