hard·​wood | \ ˈhärd-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce hardwood (audio) \

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

The hardwood here was a blessing, returning $26 a ton instead of the $4 to $12 a ton his pine trees fetched after expenses, depending on what product they were destined to become. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Thousands of Southerners Planted Trees for Retirement. It Didn’t Work.," 9 Oct. 2018 Warm oak hardwoods run throughout the first floor, and natural light floods the space. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: Architectural stunner on Talbott Street for $479,900," 23 Mar. 2018 The floors are a cork tile that will last almost as long as the Brazilian ipe hardwood decking out on the porch. Steve Bennett, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio couple finds Eden in Utopia," 11 Jan. 2018 After an attempt to work in physical therapy, the hardwood beckoned again and then-Kristi Kinne went to Southern Illinois for a master's degree and to start coaching. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "For Moeller basketball's Jaxson Hayes and Loveland's Jillian Hayes, mama shoots best," 8 Jan. 2018 Secure the plywood to the three-sided hardwood frame with glue and nails. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Three Ways to Build Your Own Shelves," 24 Jan. 2019 Its 35 ultramodern units range from one to five bedrooms and have a laidback-luxe aesthetic with concrete floors, white walls, hardwood shutters and furniture, full kitchens and private patios or balconies overlooking the pools and ocean. Eric Rosen, WSJ, "Escape Winter with a Trip to This Under-the-Radar Destination," 6 Dec. 2018 Handcrafted by Japanese artisans with cruelty-free nylon bristles and a sustainable hardwood birch handle, editorial makeup star Gucci Westman’s new foundation brush creates a radiant party-ready complexion. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Gifts Under $100 to Give Everyone on Your List," 19 Nov. 2018 Tile lines the main living room, and upstairs, hardwood lines a second one. Jack Flemming, The Seattle Times, "Flashy Miami penthouse from ‘War Dogs’ aims for $4.5 million," 22 Oct. 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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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 How to pronounce hardwood (audio) \

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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