dead tree

See also: dead-tree


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dead tree (not comparable)

  1. Made of or pertaining to paper, especially as opposed to a digital alternative.
    • 1986 Apr 15: Barry Shein, Re: job control, net.unix-wizards, [1]
      My question is basically do you need better on-line programs to search the docs ..., or actually different dead-tree style.
    • 1996 Dec 12: Michael J. Gallagher, Re: NASA HQ buyout??????,, [2]
      Dead tree technology doesn't saddle you with a $300 phone bill.
    • 1998, Shirley Duglin. Kennedy, Best bet Internet: reference and research when you don't have time to mess around, page 55:
      By the way, if you're annoyed by the bright green background (which shouldn't be a total shock to anyone who reads the dead-tree edition of Wired) ...
    • 2000, Justin Bacon, Re: Science Fiction (and Fantasy) Writers Wanted, rec.arts.sf.written, [3]
      OK, an e-book needs a reader. A dead-tree book needs paper and bulky storage space.
    • 2005, Shmuel (Seymour J.) Metz, Dead tree?, alt.linux.suse, [4]
      It used to be that SuSE Linux was available in personal and professional; editions, and that the Pro edition came with additional dead tree documentation.



dead tree (plural dead trees)

  1. (dysphemistic) A quantity of paper; a collection of paper such as a book or newspaper.
    You can't grep dead trees.
    • 1985 Jul 23: Thomas Johnsson, DECUS public domain C compiler: where can I get it? (signature), net.lang.c, [5]
      Mail on dead trees: Dept. of CS, Chalmers University of Technology, S-412 96 Goteborg, Sweden
    • 1991 Oct 29: Daniel Mocsny, Re: Ecological Dependency, sci.environment, [6]
      I wouldn't be surprised to hear of parents telling their children how we used to spend hundreds of watts to light a room, or how we drove 3000 kg vehicles to pick up a single newspaper printed on a dead tree, and so on.
    • 1995 Sep 15: Mountain Man, Re: Many worlds speculation--a complete waste of time, sci.physics, [7]
      As usual, when I checked the page, it points to a dead tree with ink available at a cost.
    • 2003 May 16: yoodaw elder{:}child, Re: kjv #1? consider, alt.christnet, [8]
      come out of this wicked, evil world and her seductive, dogmatic, heretical religious systems, all of whom seek to prove their righteousness by manipulating colored marks written on a dead tree.
  2. A tree that is still standing, but no longer alive. (compare: log, stump)


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