cord·​wood | \ ˈkȯrd-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce cordwood (audio) \

Definition of cordwood

: wood piled or sold in cords

Examples of cordwood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the things he was made to do, lest he be shot or thrown, still living, but just barely, into the piles of corpses stacked like cordwood in streets, fields, along the fence lines of the ghettos and death camps in which he was confined. Robert Wilonsky, Dallas News, "Dallas has lost a vital human story of the Holocaust with the death of South Dallas shopkeeper Jack Repp," 14 Jan. 2020 After loggers felled the large trees, smaller ones became fuel for locomotives, and the eastern slopes of the Sierra are so dry that there are still stacks of cordwood left over from the eighteen-eighties. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, "A Trailblazing Plan to Fight California Wildfires," 19 Aug. 2019 The fourth and final case of success in Afghanistan concerns counterterrorism operations: those shadowy raids and drone strikes that have successfully stacked terrorist bodies like cordwood across Afghanistan and rural Pakistan. Phillip Carter, Slate Magazine, "The country is not always a graveyard of empires.," 23 Aug. 2017 The results have been poor on nearly all fronts besides counterterrorism, where the U.S. special operations and drones machine has continued to stack bodies like cordwood. Phillip Carter, Slate Magazine, "Welcome to the Forever War, Mr. President," 11 May 2017 Earthwood Building School Fine-tune your skills at this specialized building school that offers several courses on cordwood construction and other alternative, energy-efficient building techniques. John Loecke, ELLE Decor, "2004 Home Magazine 100 Plus Secret Sources," 5 July 2012 Left unchecked, the airlines may remove all seats and stack passengers like cordwood, reminiscent of ship holds in the 1700s, all in the quest for better profits. Chicago Tribune,, "Talk of the County," 8 May 2017 The young pitching arms of the Mets — a Harvey, a Syndergaard, a de Grom and a Matz — are piled high as cordwood. Michael Powell, New York Times, "Now Is the Winter of Odd Mets Content," 16 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of cordwood

circa 1639, in the meaning defined above

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“Cordwood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cordwood

US : wood used for fires that is piled or sold in cords (sense 4)

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