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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Originally, they were made from plywood, but those were heavy and their colors faded easily and had to be redone. Michelle Matthews |, al, "The story behind Alabama barn quilts," 14 Aug. 2019 The frame is plywood and will have to be cleaned or replaced. Linda G. Kramer,, "Berea photographer aims to restore vintage picture: Community Voices," 6 June 2019 The plywood is mainly used in the construction of residential and commercial buildings. David Lyons,, "U.S. plywood producers sue over rival Brazilian product, saying it would fail in hurricanes," 9 Sep. 2019 The grocery stores are fully stocked, the Home Depot has no lack of generators, tarps and plywood, and it’s business as usual at the Waffle Houses. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Here in Alabama, no sign of Trump’s hurricane," 8 Sep. 2019 Each item also comes with a Letter of Authenticity confirming that the plywood was, indeed, used as the stage for the three-day festival. Rachel Desantis,, "Rock Music Fans Can Now Own a Piece of the Woodstock Stage — in Necklace Form!," 15 Aug. 2019 Gilfredo Ares, 69, and James Devine, 70, used cordless drills to cover the jewelry store’s showcase front windows with plywood sheets before the strong outer bands of Hurricane Dorian arrive next week. Stephen Hudak,, "Hurricane Dorian may spare Central Florida, but residents still preparing for the worst," 31 Aug. 2019 Alex Barrientos, 16, and Dorian Williams, 17, measured plywood sheets to replace weather-battered exterior siding on a portable. Washington Post, "Student apprentices team up with school system’s plumbers, carpenters, masons," 5 Aug. 2019 Welders used the angle iron to form frames for the plywood sheets, which were then bolted into place. John D'anna, azcentral, "For a while in 1983, sheets of plywood were all that kept the mighty Glen Canyon Dam from overflowing," 18 July 2019

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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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