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ar·bor 1

A shady resting place in a garden or park, often made of latticework on which plants such as climbing shrubs or vines are grown.

[Middle English herber, from Old French erbier, garden, from erbe, herb; see herb.]

ar·bor 2

1. An axis or shaft supporting a rotating part on a lathe.
2. A bar for supporting cutting tools.
3. A spindle of a wheel, as in watches and clocks.
4. pl. ar·bo·res (är′bə-rēz′) A tree, as opposed to a shrub.

[French arbre, from Latin arbor, tree.]


(Forestry) the US spelling of arbour


1. (Mechanical Engineering) a rotating shaft in a machine or power tool on which a milling cutter or grinding wheel is fitted
2. (Mechanical Engineering) a rotating shaft or mandrel on which a workpiece is fitted for machining
3. (Metallurgy) metallurgy a part, piece, or structure used to reinforce the core of a mould
[C17: from Latin: tree, mast]


(ˈɑr bər)

1. a leafy, shady recess formed by tree branches, shrubs, etc.
2. a latticework bower intertwined with vines.
[1350–1400; Middle English (h)erber < Anglo-French, Old French (h)erbier herbarium]
ar′bored, adj.


(ˈɑr bər)

a. a bar, shaft, or axis that holds, turns, or supports a rotating cutting tool or grinding wheel.
b. a beam, shaft, axle, or spindle.
[1650–60; < French, Old French < Latin arbor wooden beam, tree]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.arbor - tree (as opposed to shrub)arbor - tree (as opposed to shrub)    
tree - a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
2.arbor - any of various rotating shafts that serve as axes for larger rotating partsarbor - any of various rotating shafts that serve as axes for larger rotating parts
drive - (computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium
rotating shaft, shaft - a revolving rod that transmits power or motion
3.arbor - a framework that supports climbing plantsarbor - a framework that supports climbing plants; "the arbor provided a shady resting place in the park"
framework - a structure supporting or containing something
grape arbor, grape arbour - an arbor where grapes are grown
References in classic literature ?
Still another was given her, and she took it, not as a reward, but as a comfort, as Christian took the refreshment afforded by the little arbor where he rested, as he climbed the hill called Difficulty.
But the girl seldom failed to propose a removal to the garden, where Uncle Venner and the daguerreotypist had made such repairs on the roof of the ruinous arbor, or summer-house, that it was now a sufficient shelter from sunshine and casual showers.
Tom and Eva were seated on a little mossy seat, in an arbor, at the foot of the garden.
We require an infusion of hemlock, spruce or arbor vitae in our tea.
I can wind my horn, though I call not the blast either a recheate or a morte I can cheer my dogs on the prey, and I can flay and quarter the animal when it is brought down, without using the newfangled jargon of curee, arbor, nombles, and all the babble of the fabulous Sir Tristrem.
The young man stopped suddenly, looked around him, and perceived Caderousse sitting at table with Danglars, under an arbor.
This peroration was hailed with a boisterous shout of laughter; by degrees the promenaders had been attracted by the exclamations of the two disputants around the arbor under which they were arguing.
Remain in the arbor," whispered the sculptor to the figure that leaned upon his arm.
I had an arbor arranged and a low table and an armchair put into it; and I carried out books and portfolios (I had always some business of writing in hand), and worked and waited and mused and hoped, while the golden hours elapsed and the plants drank in the light and the inscrutable old palace turned pale and then, as the day waned, began to flush in it and my papers rustled in the wandering breeze of the Adriatic.
But outsiders, you know, often see most of the game; and sitting in my arbor by the wayside, smoking my hookah of contentment and eating the sweet lotus-leaves of indolence, I can look out musingly upon the whirling throng that rolls and tumbles past me on the great high-road of life.
In another place we were shown a sort of summer arbor, with a fence before it.
Now take the gentleman into the garden for a minute; that will amuse him; if he likes to look at pretty things, show him the arbor of hornbeam trees that the poor dear old gentleman made.