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 April 15, Barry Shein, “Re: job control”, in net.unix-wizards[1] (Usenet):
      My question is basically do you need better on-line programs to search the docs ..., or actually different dead-tree style.
    • 1996 December 12, Michael J. Gallagher, “Re: NASA HQ buyout??????”, in[2] (Usenet):
      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”, in rec.arts.sf.written[3] (Usenet):
      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 October 29, Daniel Mocsny, “Re: Ecological Dependency”, in sci.environment[6] (Usenet):
      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 September 15, Mountain Man, “Re: Many worlds speculation--a complete waste of time”, in sci.physics[7] (Usenet):
      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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