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

The park does have carts to haul your gear and dollies to transport firewood. Sharyn Alden, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Island hopping in Wisconsin: 5 worth a visit," 15 June 2018 In Houlton, Maine, the farm cooperative Friends of Aroostook harvests food and provides firewood for seniors in the rural area. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "For Elderly in Rural Areas, Volunteers Step In," 10 Dec. 2018 Sarhadi Zwak, spokesman for the governor of the eastern Laghman province, says the victims were girls, aged 10-12, who were gathering firewood on Wednesday. Fox News, "The Latest: Suicide bomb hits Shiite area in Kabul, kills 1," 15 Aug. 2018 The dog lies on a simple wooden table nestled next to familiar objects: a bundle of firewood, a lidded earthenware jar, a wicker fruit basket, and a pair of wooden sandals, presumably those of its master or mistress. Arthur Wheelock, WSJ, "Well-Worn Life, Frozen In Time," 19 Oct. 2018 For nearly three full seconds, the camera focuses on a seemingly undisturbed aisle of motor oils, firewood, toys and auto accessories. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "Cameras capture every angle of Canadian couple’s snack-throwing, ceiling-shattering arrest," 30 June 2018 Two fuzzy chairs face a fireplace, next to which there’s an overflowing (but artfully arranged) container of firewood. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Rent this cozy loft that doubles as a furniture showroom," 27 Dec. 2018 In many parts of Malawi, women are often responsible for fetching water and firewood. Mélissa Godin, Teen Vogue, "Climate Change Is Creating a New Atmosphere of Gender Inequality for Women in Malawi," 20 Dec. 2018 Like much of Madagascar’s forests, this one is under threat from its inhabitants, who cut trees for firewood or raze sections for cultivation. Tom Downey, WSJ, "Exploring Madagascar Is Now Easier Than Ever," 18 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 How to pronounce firewood (audio) \

Kids Definition of firewood

: wood cut for fuel

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