fire·​wood | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce firewood (audio) \

Definition of firewood

: wood used for fuel

Examples of firewood in a Sentence

They chopped enough firewood to last the winter.
Recent Examples on the Web In Houston, there are long lines to refill household propane canisters and firewood is selling out. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Frozen wind turbines, soaring spot electricity prices: How the Artic freeze is roiling Texas’ energy market," 15 Feb. 2021 Make sure to keep stacks of firewood at least 20 feet from the house, as mice like to nest in the piles. Beth Kaufman, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Mice in Your House and Prevent Them From Ever Coming Back," 26 Jan. 2021 But Team Brownsville and other private volunteer groups continue supplying the camp with basic food, water, firewood and medical care. Dudley Althaus,, "Biden’s border plans raise hopes and fears in South Texas," 23 Jan. 2021 As an Alaska Huts Association board member, Lyons scrubbed floors, hauled firewood and share his knowledge with visitors, fellow board member Doug O’Harra said. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Renaissance man Shawn Lyons, who wrote the book on Alaska hiking, dies at 66," 6 Feb. 2021 The cause of Wednesday's fire remains under investigation, but firewood was found at the scene, along with propane tanks and propane heaters, Mokosso said. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Authorities ID woman killed in homeless encampment fire in downtown St. Paul," 21 Jan. 2021 In some parts of the country, more people began felling trees to burn and convert the wood into charcoal, a fuel source lighter and easier to carry than firewood. Dina Fine Maron, Animals, "Madagascar’s endangered lemurs are being killed during pandemic lockdowns," 14 Dec. 2020 Starting by age 8 or so, almost every girl in Miniji Yibiza spends most of the day walking between a nearby forest and her home, carrying firewood on her back. Washington Post, "Africa’s largest dam powers dreams of prosperity in Ethiopia — and fears of hunger in Egypt," 15 Oct. 2020 One project saw more than 3 million pounds of firewood delivered to the Navajo Nation and other Native American tribes in Utah. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah in 2020: With COVID, an earthquake, winds and fires, it was a year many may like to forget — but never will," 28 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of firewood

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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26 Feb 2021

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“Firewood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of firewood

: wood used to make a fire : wood used as fuel


fire·​wood | \ ˈfīr-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce firewood (audio) \

Kids Definition of firewood

: wood cut for fuel

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