drift·wood | \ˈdrift-ˌwu̇d \

Definition of driftwood 

1 : wood drifted or floated by water

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The uncommon architectural trend was the result of a Middle Ages boom in salt production, whose reliance on kilns stripped the island of its trees. Instead of wood, people built homes with seaweed thatched roofs and driftwood. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Renovated seaweed cottage can be yours for $414K," 22 June 2018 Knotty white oak floors with a driftwood-like finish lend a beachy feel against white walls with square-edge tongue-and-groove accents. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "After renting for years on Martha’s Vineyard, building a getaway all their own," 15 June 2018 Guests often watch the action from the resort restaurant, which features floor-to-ceiling windows and carved driftwood sculptures, plus a rotating menu of sustainable sushi. Gisela Williams, New York Times, "Where to Shop (and Eat) in São Miguel, Portugal," 9 May 2018 This could look chaotic and busy, but embrace it, and add artful objects; same-colored driftwood and wooden artifacts create a sense of continuity within the colorful patchwork. Jennifer Adams, Philly.com, "Ask Jennifer Adams: How to use decorative books as accessories," 23 Apr. 2018 The two sat perched on a piece of driftwood near the edge of the Ohio River, with thousands of other fireworks viewers surrounding them. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Thunder Over Louisville is, indeed, over. Here are some short stories to recapture the fun," 21 Apr. 2018 All apartments have vinyl driftwood plank flooring, clothes washer and dryer, operable windows with blinds and individual temperature control. Pamela Dittmer Mckuen, chicagotribune.com, "In-house musician plays for residents, lives for free at River North apartment," 24 May 2017 To add layers of vibrancy and a touch of California, Williams accessorized with succulents, loose, hand-cut flowers and driftwood. Bonnie Mccarthy, latimes.com, "How will Meghan and Harry mash up California style and British (royal) tradition?," 17 May 2018 Over the bar are two large pieces of driftwood imported from the Pacific Northwest. Anthony Clark Carpio, latimes.com, "Castaway to hold grand reopening after renovation," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of driftwood

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of driftwood

: wood carried by water

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evasion of direct action or statement

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