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

Definition of driftwood

1 : wood drifted or floated by water

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After the squall ended, the damage was being documented when a surveyor spotted something sickeningly out of place among the pebbles and driftwood. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A storm exposed children’s bones on a Canadian beach, reviving a 170-year-old mystery," 13 June 2019 From a house whose roof is made from seaweed and driftwood, to a town hall that serves as a physical bridge over a river, there is no shortage of buildings that are designed to blend into their surroundings. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "You can walk on the roof of this sloping brick library in India," 21 Sep. 2018 Works on paper, collages, studies for paintings, and the small driftwood objects inhabit a gallery to the left. Alexandra Peers, WSJ, "‘Ellsworth Kelly in the Hamptons’ Review: Beyond the Beach," 21 Aug. 2018 There’s vulva nail art from Asa Bree at Finger Bang, and driftwood nests built by locals on one of Oregon's two officially clothing-optional beaches. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Touring Todd Selby’s Favorite Places in Portland, Oregon," 15 Aug. 2018 Daisy Love — the fragrance — is much more complex; in addition to the cloudberries, the floral-meets-gourmand scent features notes of petals from the daisy tree, and a dry down of driftwood and cashmere musks. Marci Robin, Allure, "Marc Jacobs Beauty Launches Enamored Lip Gloss Inspired by the New Daisy Love Fragrance," 8 Aug. 2018 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

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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


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Kids Definition of driftwood

: wood carried by water

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