firewood

noun
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 Of course, the hewing was generally done with a broad ax, whereas the cutting down of trees and cutting up of firewood was done with a single- or double-bit ax (if no crosscut saw was available, which was usually the case until the late 1800s). Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, "Repaired old axes get designer touch," 22 Dec. 2019 Reliance on charcoal or firewood is highest in Africa and Asia, according to a 2018 report by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, with some African cities almost entirely dependent on charcoal for cooking. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Africa’s charcoal trade is decimating fragile forest cover," 25 Sep. 2019 Reliance on charcoal or firewood is highest in Africa and Asia, according to a 2018 report by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, with some African cities almost entirely dependent on charcoal for cooking. Washington Post, "Africa’s charcoal trade is decimating fragile forest cover," 25 Sep. 2019 The migrants cook on open campfires and metal braziers with coal and firewood. Los Angeles Times, "African migrants stuck in southern Mexico, their American dream on hold," 22 Sep. 2019 The soldier’s gaze hovers over the silver candlestick on the table, the clock on the wall with the picture of Peter the Great (me, again), and the stack of firewood, before landing once again on Trunov, whose answer takes a little too long to come. Emilio Fraia, The New Yorker, "Sevastopol," 9 Dec. 2019 The Ranger also has a small cargo rack behind the seats, so by all means put your kids to work clearing brush or fetching firewood on the back 40. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Big Youth ATV Test," 25 Mar. 2019 My woodpile reference from 1994 came from a woman who was carrying in firewood at her Nenana home in May when a bat fell from a log, then seemed to warm up and fly away. Anchorage Daily News, "Little brown bats remain a northern mystery," 2 Nov. 2019 Heading south Mohammed Haruna, the firewood seller, testifies about the changes in the region. Alicia Prager, Quartz Africa, "The fight against Nigeria’s northeast terrorism is also a battle against climate change," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of firewood

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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29 Dec 2019

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“Firewood.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/firewood. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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More Definitions for firewood

firewood

noun
How to pronounce firewood (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of firewood

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

firewood

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

Kids Definition of firewood

: wood cut for fuel

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