Definition of deforestation
: the action or process of clearing of forests; also : the state of having been cleared of forests
deforestplay \(ˈ)dē-ˈfȯr-əst, -ˈfär-\ transitive verb
Examples of deforestation in a Sentence
the deforestation of the island
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Farming also uses a surprisingly large amount of wood, rendering tobacco a driver of deforestation, one of the leading causes of climate change.
Vast quantities of wood are burned to cure tobacco leaves, contributing to deforestation.
Mudslides have become common in Sri Lanka during monsoon rains due to heavy deforestation that leaves soil unable to hold water.
At the current rate of deforestation, the world's rain forests could be obliterated within just 100 years, according to National Geographic.
Halting deforestation and installing filters on power plants and cars will cost more than clean stoves, though the price would likely be small compared to the environmental, agricultural and health benefits.
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Definition of deforestation for English Language Learners
: the act or result of cutting down or burning all the trees in an area
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