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Christmas tree

an evergreen tree decorated at Christmas with ornaments and lights.
a control board or panel containing a variety of colored lights for indicating the status of various functions, elements, components, etc.
an elaborate arrangement of pipes, valves, etc., as for controlling the flow of oil or gas.
Origin of Christmas tree
1780-90, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • His social position would make conquests easy; it was a sort of christmas-tree, all a-glitter with prizes.

    They Call Me Carpenter Upton Sinclair
  • I had a new dress on the christmas-tree, and a sugar basket.

    Little Prudy Sophie May
  • Independent thoughts expressed by words more frequently; "Good-night" said to the christmas-tree .

  • Their christmas-tree will be the royal palm; and nipa boughs their mistletoe.

  • In a corner stood a stripped christmas-tree, with its candles burned out.

    Tales of Fantasy and Fact Brander Matthews
  • This is all that I remember about the christmas-tree at the Hall.

    Allan's Wife H. Rider Haggard
  • Mamma says we may see if there are any nice fir cones in the plantation to gild for the christmas-tree.'

    The Two Sides of the Shield Charlotte M. Yonge
  • So the little star hung on the highest branch of the christmas-tree.

  • Bran pies or a christmas-tree for the children, and clothing or nets or tools for the grown folks.

    Esther's Charge Evelyn Everett-Green
British Dictionary definitions for christmas-tree

Christmas tree

an evergreen tree or an imitation of one, decorated as part of Christmas celebrations
(Austral) Also called Christmas bush. any of various trees or shrubs flowering at Christmas and used for decoration
another name for pohutukawa
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for christmas-tree

Christmas tree

noun phrase

  1. The assembly of valves, pipes, and gauges used to control the output of an oil well (1920s+ Oilfield)
  2. A display of colored lights that flash in sequence, used to start drag races (1950s+ Car racing)
  3. The control panel of a submarine (1940s+ Navy)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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