fire·wood | \ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌwu̇d \

Definition of firewood 

: wood used for fuel

Examples of firewood in a Sentence

They chopped enough firewood to last the winter.

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The ashes vanished from the fireplace, the dishes washed themselves, and the firewood regrew overnight. Laura Collins-hughes,, "It’s a man’s world — even in the myths," 20 Apr. 2018 Stacks of firewood echo the stairs’ rigid lines, and the hall is bare except for a collection of straw hats that Alegre’s girlfriend, Cristina Carulla, hung on an ecru plaster wall. Lauren Collins, New York Times, "Inside an Artfully Imperfect Home in the Catalonian Countryside," 11 May 2018 Like every other customer in line, you’re here for the famed wood-fire rotisserie chicken, cooking using the firewood stacked in neat piles outside and piled onto a paper plate with thick-cut french fries, salad, and a few warm tortillas. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best Peruvian Restaurants in Los Angeles," 26 June 2018 Big Wood Don’t buy firewood that is too long to fit easily inside your fireplace or firepit. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "9 Kinds Of Wood That You Should Absolutely Never Burn," 16 Oct. 2017 Each year, the insect’s impact spreads a little more, occasionally leapfrogging long distances with the help of humans moving firewood and logs. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Emerald ash borer continues to decimate trees 10 years after it was discovered in Wisconsin," 25 June 2018 Hot and cold water and an outdoor shower are accessed from the garage as well, and a custom hitch holds expedition boxes and a tray for firewood. Megan Barber, Curbed, "This custom camper van can sleep a family of 6," 11 July 2018 After buying a bike, some new clothes, work gloves, and goggles for splitting firewood, I had enough left for my daily treat of doughnuts and coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts. Abdi Nor Iftin,, "From war-torn Somalia to Maine: An immigrant’s story of hope," 23 May 2018 But this was mid-October: Pickup trucks throttled past on the main drag, hauling hay and firewood for a winter that would slump down from Canada any day. New York Times, "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist?," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of firewood

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of firewood

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


fire·wood | \ˈfīr-ˌwu̇d \

Kids Definition of firewood

: wood cut for fuel

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