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

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Materials like plastics, plywood, and fiber glass have been pushed to their limit. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "The Museum of Modern Art's Upcoming 'Value of Good Design' Exhibit is Not One to Miss," 7 Feb. 2019 Navy ships off Virginia's coast are getting set to sail out of the path of the powerful hurricane, one North Carolina university has canceled classes and people have begun stocking up on plywood, bottled water and other supplies. Fox News, "Hurricane Florence gains strength; Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic states prepare for surge," 10 Sep. 2018 According to the Los Angeles Times, the makeshift shelter where Kirk and the children lived was made of plywood and divided into separate rooms. Christine Pelisek,, "PEOPLE Explains: Calif. Parents Allegedly Kept Children in 'Box' For Four Years," 2 Mar. 2018 Made of plywood and stringers, the 20-foot climbing board can be dismantled into two sections and is easily carried by four men. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Biggest Ice-Climbing Wall in American History," 23 Feb. 2019 The chain of transactions described in the forfeiture case originated last year in Equatorial Guinea, where Pyongyang controlled a company that used North Korean workers to make plywood and veneer. Niharika Mandhana And Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "North Korea Built an Alternative Financial System Using a Shadowy Network of Traders," 28 Dec. 2018 The Noma complex, parts of which were still behind plywood early this month, is an island within the island of Christiania. Pete Wells, New York Times, "The New Noma: Frequently Asked Questions," 24 Apr. 2018 That’ll hold the plywood pieces until the glue dries. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Three Ways to Build Your Own Shelves," 24 Jan. 2019 Circular recessed lights dot the plywood ceiling inside the house and on the patio, which makes the backyard feel like an extension of the living room. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Modern home offers understated indoor-outdoor living," 26 Dec. 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 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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