deadwood

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noun dead·wood \-ˌwu̇d\

Definition of deadwood

  1. 1 :  wood dead on the tree

  2. 2 :  useless personnel or material

  3. 3 :  solid timbers built in at the extreme bow and stern of a ship when too narrow to permit framing

  4. 4 :  bowling pins that have been knocked down but remain on the alley

Examples of deadwood in a Sentence

  1. She's determined to get the deadwood out of the company.

  2. a healthy tree with no deadwood

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First Known Use of deadwood

15th century


Deadwood

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geographical name Dead·wood \ˈded-ˌwu̇d\

Definition of Deadwood

  1. city in the Black Hills of western South Dakota that was settled circa 1876 following the discovery of gold nearby population 1270


DEADWOOD Defined for English Language Learners

deadwood

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Definition of deadwood for English Language Learners

  • : people or things that are not useful or helpful in achieving a goal

  • : dead wood on a tree



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