ply·​wood | \ ˈplī-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce plywood (audio) \

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

Examples of plywood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The deep-pocketed switched to plywood that was fire resistant. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, "Awaiting Voting Results, New York Becomes Plywood City," 9 Nov. 2020 Clad in burlap and plywood, the houses wore dark panels for windows, and light and earthy exterior paint tones seen in any American neighborhood of the era. Cory Graff, Popular Mechanics, "How Hollywood Set Designers Hid America’s WWII Aircraft Factories," 8 Nov. 2020 Which means that film’s latest special effect is a millenniums-old art form that’s mostly feet and breath and plywood. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "‘Hamilton’ Was Just the Beginning. Hollywood Loves Broadway, Again.," 4 Nov. 2020 From Beverly Hills to Hollywood to downtown Los Angeles, crews have been installing plywood and protective fencing to protect businesses and residential complexes. Winston Gieseke, USA TODAY, "In California: New COVID cases drop, and how to play a new Golden State Monopoly game," 3 Nov. 2020 Amid this wildly abnormal new reality, I was intrigued by the ways in which some business owners attempted to make plywood seem like part of the design. Los Angeles Times, "Column: An election 2020 visual diary shows a plywood landscape," 3 Nov. 2020 Some stores are going well beyond plywood to secure their businesses. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Plywood runs low as retailers board up storefronts ahead of Election Day," 2 Nov. 2020 Social media users shared photos of the Walmart at the old Eastwood Mall location in Birmingham with windows covered by plywood. Leada Gore |, al, "Walmart in Alabama boards up windows ahead of election," 2 Nov. 2020 Some smaller businesses have decided the costs of fastening plywood to their windows is not worth the investment. NBC News, "Stores and businesses prepare for potential election-related unrest," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of plywood

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of plywood was in 1907

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15 Nov 2020

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“Plywood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce plywood (audio) \

Kids Definition of plywood

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

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