hard·wood | \ˈhärd-ˌwu̇d \

Definition of hardwood 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the wood of an angiospermous tree as distinguished from that of a coniferous tree

2 : a tree that yields hardwood

3 : a basketball court



Definition of hardwood (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : having or made of hardwood hardwood floors

2 : consisting of mature woody tissue hardwood cuttings

Examples of hardwood in a Sentence


They used expensive hardwoods for the flooring. oaks, maples, and other hardwoods

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Eric Gordon attacked and refused to settle, running the hardwood like the Sixth Man of the Year while scoring 27 points. Brian T. Smith, San Francisco Chronicle, "View from Houston: Rockets rebound with defense to even series with Warriors," 16 May 2018 Marcus Smart doesn't care about the effect the hardwood can have on human flesh. Candace Buckner, chicagotribune.com, "Marcus Smart 'was born with his hands dirty' — and he'll do anything to help the Celtics win," 16 May 2018 Shooting guard Grant Barker — known on the digital hardwood as GrantMonster — is hitting 71.4 percent of his field goals. Eder Campuzano, OregonLive.com, "Is the Blazers' eSports team Portland's best hope for a basketball championship?," 8 May 2018 Their rare gifts on the hardwood sparked outlandish promises even as their intimidating bald heads and black game socks took off in popularity. Carl Martin, Detroit Free Press, "Fab Five scandal doesn't tell full story of Ed Martin: 'He helped everybody'," 30 Apr. 2018 Former New England Patriots tight end — and animator, and children’s book author — Martellus Bennett is taking his talents to the hardwood. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Former Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett is back in uniform — on the basketball court," 12 July 2018 Now, the Drench God is taking his talent from the hardwood to the turf field. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "2 Chainz to Headline Free MLS All-Star Game Concert in Atlanta: Exclusive," 2 July 2018 Ishmail Wainright will be the next athlete trying to make the transition from the hardwood to the gridiron. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Former Raytown South basketball player gets call from Buffalo Bills | The Kansas City Star," 30 Apr. 2018 Former LSU basketball player Brian Bridgewater's transition from the hardwood to the gridiron will take its next step at LSU's Pro Day on April 4. Andrew Lopez, NOLA.com, "Former Tigers basketball player Brian Bridgewater set to participate in LSU football's Pro Day," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hardwood


1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1767, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hardwood was in 1686

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English Language Learners Definition of hardwood

: the wood of a tree (such as an oak or maple) that is heavy and hard

: a tree that produces hardwood


hard·wood | \ˈhärd-ˌwu̇d \

Kids Definition of hardwood

1 : the usually hard wood of a tree (as a maple or oak) with broad leaves as distinguished from the wood of a tree (as a pine) with leaves that are needles

2 : a tree that produces hardwood

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