drift·​wood | \ ˈdrift-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce driftwood (audio) \

Definition of driftwood

1 : wood drifted or floated by water

Examples of driftwood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Large pieces of driftwood line the access point at Crissey Field, found down a short path from the parking lot past the Oregon Welcome Center (currently open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays only). oregonlive, 14 July 2021 Also, there's an area for houseplants in summer, trellises and arbors made from driftwood found on their beach, lots of pots filled with flowers, unique garden art, and spaces for entertaining or just relaxing. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 July 2021 Mary Ann and Rich Best, of the city’s Miller neighborhood, spotted a long tapered chunk of driftwood along the beach north of the city’s Aquatorium pavilion. Carole Carlson, chicagotribune.com, 1 July 2021 Her hair is made entirely of driftwood roots found washed up on the banks of the Snake River. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 16 June 2021 From deep walnut to driftwood, wood stains in multiple hues can mimic authentic farmhouse finds. Pamela Porter, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 May 2021 Available in six color options, including white, black, silver, brown, bronze, and driftwood, the Minka-Aire should satisfy any home designer. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, 6 Apr. 2021 As Sandalls writes in a separate article for the East Anglian Daily Times, Nicholas Mellor, the heritage conservation specialist who stumbled onto the Thorpeness wreck, initially assumed that the debris was driftwood. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Mar. 2021 Most of the nurdles are concentrated in the lines of driftwood, trash and other debris at the river’s edge. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, 1 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of driftwood

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Driftwood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/driftwood. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of driftwood

: wood that is floating in water or carried to the shore by water


drift·​wood | \ ˈdrift-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce driftwood (audio) \

Kids Definition of driftwood

: wood carried by water

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