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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 ?
I never saw such a garden--large and shady, full of box-bordered paths, and lined with long grape-covered arbors with seats under them.
To and fro I paced before this skeleton --brushed the vines aside --broke through the ribs --and with a ball of Arsacidean twine, wandered, eddied long amid its many winding, shaded collonades and arbors.
Tomorrow ere fresh Morning streak the East With first approach of light, we must be ris'n, And at our pleasant labour, to reform Yon flourie Arbors, yonder Allies green, Our walks at noon, with branches overgrown, That mock our scant manuring, and require More hands then ours to lop thir wanton growth: Those Blossoms also, and those dropping Gumms, That lie bestrowne unsightly and unsmooth, Ask riddance, if we mean to tread with ease; Mean while, as Nature wills, Night bids us rest.
For the main garden, I do not deny, but there should be some fair alleys ranged on both sides, with fruit-trees; and some pretty tufts of fruittrees, and arbors with seats, set in some decent order; but these to be by no means set too thick; but to leave the main garden so as it be not close, but the air open and free.
They sounded very nice and philosophical, but I'm afraid I am not the sort of person to sit in arbors smoking pipes when there is any fun going on outside.
There were great stables, where a dozen grooms and boys held forth, rows of vine-clad servants' cottages, an endless and orderly array of outhouses, long grape arbors, green pastures, orchards, and berry patches.
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.