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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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 The 18-pound portable stove is easy to use: Just place firewood on the fuel rack, set alight, and get ready to make some delicious campfire food. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "You Can Make Wood-Fired Pizza Anytime, Anywhere With This Outdoor Pizza Oven," 23 July 2018 The trees that once covered the hills have been cut down to make room for shelters, and the roots dug up for firewood. Kristen Gelineau, Fox News, "Nowhere to run: Rohingya hunker down as monsoon arrives," 17 July 2018 The trees that once covered the hills have been cut down to make room for shelters, and the roots dug up for firewood. Kristen Gelineau, The Seattle Times, "Nowhere to run: Rohingya hunker down as monsoon season arrives," 17 July 2018 A few years ago the firewood stacks beside the house attracted eyes from the road. Popular Mechanics, "When Storms Fell the Trees, Father and Son Make the Most of the Mess," 13 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, ajc, "Cameras capture every angle of Canadian couple's snack-throwing, ceiling-shattering arrest," 1 July 2018 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

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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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