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

Definition of driftwood

1 : wood drifted or floated by water

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Recent Examples on the Web Driftwood Beach, located on the north end of the island, is known for the ancient driftwood trees that are scattered across the shore. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "11 Best Beaches in Georgia," 20 June 2020 Though the long garden contains several different roses, Sylvia also has a formal rose garden at the end of the long garden, on the other side of the driftwood gate. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "Stunning English garden in Louisville with 'Shakespearean oasis' was 25 years in the making," 2 June 2020 In Hokitika, New Zealand, January’s rough seas deliver lots of driftwood, which then becomes the basis for the Driftwood and Sand Festival, Rena Behar writes for Atlas Obscura. Los Angeles Times, "Escapes: How to become one with the universe," 30 Apr. 2020 Eric Fischl’s life-size sculptures of nymphs dancing were amplified by a grove of trees in light leaf at his home in Sag Harbor, while a lone piece of driftwood propped on a driveway and painted by Joan Jonas to mark off six feet stood forlornly. Stacey Stowe, New York Times, "A Drive-By Art Show Turns Lawns and Garages Into Galleries," 11 May 2020 In short, some things can actually live in water, and that which cannot live in water can cross it on driftwood. Christopher Wanjek, Wired, "How Space Tries to Kill You and Make You Ugly," 26 Apr. 2020 The owl has glass eyes and a mouthpiece made from deer antler, and is perched on a driftwood stump that’s attached to a walnut base. Colin Moore, Outdoor Life, "The 16 Most Awesome Turkey And Duck Calls You’ve Ever Seen," 19 Feb. 2020 Officials warned that waves could easily crash over jetties and sea walls, carry hazardous debris like driftwood, and run much farther up beaches than usual. oregonlive, "Monster 30-foot waves set to hit Oregon coast; high-surf warning issued," 10 Jan. 2020 More like a combination of Lake Superior driftwood and Keith Richard's forehead. John Phillips, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1995 Land Rover Defender 90 Goes Nowhere, Man," 24 Mar. 2020

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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 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of driftwood

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


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: wood carried by water

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