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 In Shaktoolik — home to more than 200 people — the berm made of gravel, sand and driftwood that shielded the settlement from the sea was destroyed, according to the Anchorage Daily News. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2022 John Handeland, the mayor of Nome, said Saturday morning that there were no reports of injuries in his community but that the storm surge flooded several roads, pushing driftwood and debris into town. Mike Baker, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2022 Displays of shells and pieces of driftwood that recall walks on the beach. Krissa Rossbund, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Aug. 2022 In spite of her interest in little other than her mission, Halbrand warms to her enough to rescue her (again) when a storm overtakes their little scrap of driftwood. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 2 Sep. 2022 Woods take their cue from driftwood—light, bleached and whitewashed. Jennifer Cegielski, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 July 2022 Gorman, 65, surveys the landscape at the Falls, with a keen eye for that special piece of driftwood, Styrofoam, a plastic bottle, a baby doll's head, or a flip flop that might become part of a work of art. Pat Mcdonogh, The Courier-Journal, 1 Aug. 2022 The low-key driftwood building located on Rendezvous Bay is a legend on the island. Jim Dobson, Forbes, 31 July 2022 The frame is made of high-grade aluminum that is embossed with a driftwood finish for a higher-end wood-grain style. Samantha S. Thorpe, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 July 2022 See More

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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 6 Oct. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of driftwood

: wood carried by water

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