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One who writes a treatise. [Not used.] Featley.

TREAT-MENT, n. [Fr. traitement.]

  1. Management; manipulation; manner of mixing or combining, of decomposing and the like; as, the treatment of substances in chimical experiments.
  2. Usage; manner of using; good or bad behavior toward. Accept such treatment as a swain affords. Pope.
  3. Manner of applying remedies to cure; mode or course pursued to check and destroy; as, the treatment of a disease.
  4. Manner of applying remedies to; as, the treatment of a patient.

TREAT-Y, n. [Fr. traité; It. trattato.]

  1. Negotiation; act of treating for the adjustment of differences, or for forming an agreement; as, a treaty is on the carpet. He cast by treaty and by trains / Her to persuade. Spenser.
  2. An agreement, league or contract between two or more nations or sovereigns, formally signed by commissioners properly authorized, and solemnly ratified by the several sovereigns or the supreme power of each state. Treaties are of various kinds, as, treaties for regulating commercial intercourse, treaties of alliance, offensive and defensive, treaties for hiring troops, treaties of peace, &c.
  3. Intreaty. [Not in use.] Shak.


The treaty-making power is lodged in the executive government. In monarchies, it is vested in the king or emperor; in the United States of America, it is vested in the president, by and with the consent of the senate.

TREB-LE, a. [trib'l; Fr. triple; L. triplex, triplus; tres, three, and plexus, fold. This should be written trible.]

  1. Threefold; triple; as, a lofty tower with treble walls. Dryden.
  2. In music, acute; sharp; as, a treble sound. Bacon.
  3. That plays the highest part or most acute sounds; that plays the treble; as, a treble violin. Cyc.

TREB-LE, n. [trib'l.]

In music, the part of a symphony whose sounds are highest or most acute. This is divided into first or highest treble, and second or base treble. Cyc.

TREB-LE, v.i. [trib'l.]

To become threefold. A debt at compound interest soon trebles in amount.

TREB-LE, v.t. [trib'l; L. triplico; Fr. tripler.]

To make thrice as much; to make threefold. Compound interest soon trebles a debt.

TREB-LE-NESS, n. [trib'lness.]

The state of being treble; as, the trebleness of tones. Bacon.

TREB-LY, adv. [trib'ly.]

In a threefold number or quantity; as, a good deed trebly recompensed.

TREE, n. [Sax. treo, treow; Dan. træ; Sw. trä, wood, and träd, a tree; Gr. δρυς; Slav. drevo; Sans. druh, or drus. Qu. W. dar, an oak; Sans. taru, a tree. It is not easy to ascertain the real original orthography; most probably it was as in the Swedish or Greek.]

  1. A plant whose stem or stock is woody, branched and perennial, and above a certain size. Trees and shrubs differ only in size, and there is no absolute limit between them. When a plant of the above description is more than eight or ten feet high and not climbing, it is generally called a tree. When it is less than this it is called a shrub; but there are many exceptions to this, on both sides. Trees are of various kinds; as, nuciferous, or nut-bearing trees; bacciferous, or berry-bearing; coniferous, or cone-bearing, &c. Some are forest-trees, and useful for timber or fuel; others are fruit-trees, and cultivated in gardens and orchards; others are used chiefly for shade and ornament.
  2. Something resembling a tree, consisting of a stem or stalk and branches; as, a genealogical tree.
  3. In ship-building, pieces of timber are called chess-trees, cross-trees, roof-trees, tressed-trees, &c.
  4. In Scripture, a cross. Jesus, whom they slew and hanged on a tree. Acts x.
  5. Wood. [Obs.] Wick.

TREE, v.t.

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

TREE'FROG, or TREE'TOAD, n. [tree and frog or toad.]

The popular name of a genus of batrachian reptiles, differing from proper frogs, in the extremities of their toes, each of which is expanded into a rounded viscous pellet, that enables them to adhere to the surface of bodies, and to climb trees, where they remain all summer, living upon insects. Cuvier. Their generic name in natural history, is Hyla; and there are numerous species.


A plant of the genus Teucrium. Cyc.


Destitute of trees. Byron.

TREE'LOUSE, n. [tree and louse.]

An insect of the genus Aphis.


A species of lichen. Cyc.


Wooden; made of wood. [Obs.] Camden.


The old plural of Tree. [Obs.] B. Jonson.

TREE'-NAIL, n. [tree and nail; commonly pronounced trunnel.]

A long wooden pin, used in fastening the planks of a ship to the timbers. Mar. Dict.


An evergreen tree of the genus Thuja.

TREE'-TOAD, n. [tree and toad.]

[See Tree-frog.]

TRE'FOIL, n. [Fr. tréfle; L. trifolium; tres, three, and folium, leaf.]

The common name for many species of the genus Trifolium; also, in agriculture, a name of the Medicago Lupulina, a plant resembling clover, with yellow flowers, much cultivated for hay and fodder. Cyc.

TREIL-LAGE, n. [trel'lage; Fr. from treillis, trellis.]

In gardening, a sort of rail-work, consisting of light posts and rails for supporting espaliers, and sometimes for wall-trees. Cyc.

TREL'LIS, n. [Fr. treillis, grated work.]

In gardening, a structure or frame of cross-barred work, or lattice work, used like the treillage for supporting plants.