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 During the 2020 unrest, Rao's gas station was battered, the building left with sheets of plywood covering glass windows that had been bashed out. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Nov. 2021 For example, does the bid include hauling away debris, replacing plywood or other material underneath the roofing, and venting at eaves? Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2021 Lay the track on the board or plywood, and slide the GKS18V-25GC down it like a locomotive chugging along the rails. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 12 Nov. 2021 Photos of the truck showed migrants in a tight space behind plywood with two small fans. Paul Best, Fox News, 12 Nov. 2021 Donald Judd, starting in 1965 with rectangular stacks that alternate solids and voids of equal size, made cubic boxes of metal, plywood or concrete. Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2021 Basquiat, who died in 1988 at the age of 28, was known for painting on everyday objects such as windows, doors and refrigerators, as well as on cardboard, plywood and other materials. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 3 Nov. 2021 The tailgate has a middle position that puts it at the same level as the wheel wells for hauling sheets of four-by-eight-foot plywood. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, 5 Oct. 2021 Nuriev produced the upholstered foam and plywood furniture, which come in a limited edition of eight in Russia. Osman Can Yerebakan, Curbed, 21 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of plywood

1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Plywood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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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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