ply·​wood | \ ˈplī-ˌwu̇d \

Definition of plywood 

: a structural material consisting of sheets of wood glued or cemented together with the grains of adjacent layers arranged at right angles or at a wide angle

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O'Neill got off work a few hours Wednesday before her boyfriend and a neighbor finished putting plywood on the widows. Jeffrey Collins, Fox News, "1 family's dilemma to evacuate or not comes down to money," 13 Sep. 2018 Once the structures are built, by a construction vendor on a rolling seven-day-per-house schedule, a scenic vendor comes in to add the textures that make a heap of plywood look like a riverboat or a cornfield. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The High-Tech Horror Show: How the Unreal Haunted Houses at Universal Orlando Are Built," 27 Sep. 2018 The home is largely built out of plywood, seamlessly blending the cabin into the natural world around it. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Solar-powered tiny cabin offers eco-friendly nature retreat," 2 Aug. 2018 In August 2017, two months after the law was passed, then-Birmingham Mayor William Bell ordered the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Linn Park covered with plastic - later, plywood - while lawyers could explore legal options. Lee Roop,, "'March For Our Lives' in downtown Huntsville this Saturday," 19 Apr. 2018 His father was a millwright maintaining machines in a plywood mill and in the forest then did other jobs. Andrew Selsky, The Seattle Times, "Merkley eyes White House, visits early primary states," 30 Oct. 2018 The body of 34-year-old Marlene Santellan was found Saturday morning beside a plywood box believed to have been her intended coffin, a San Bernardino police spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Missing Calif. Woman Found Dead Near Makeshift Coffin — and Police Say it Was Intended for Her," 11 June 2018 Myrtle Beach hardware stores and supermarkets were busy ringing up sales of bottled water, plywood and generators. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Florence forecast to become 'major hurricane,' moving towards southeastern US," 2 Oct. 2018 The buildings would be secured using a combination of plywood and a newer material that board documents say is similar to what's used in aircraft windows. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "19 vacant Detroit school properties could get boarded up," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of plywood

1907, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of plywood

: a strong board that is made by gluing together thin sheets of wood


ply·​wood | \ ˈplī-ˌwu̇d \

Kids Definition of plywood

: a strong board made by gluing together thin sheets of wood under heat and pressure

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