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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Design details like retro couches, crackle glass chandeliers, plywood cabinets, and copper cactus lamps complement interiors full of Frette linens, Woolrich throws, and Malin + Goetz toiletries. Michaela Trimble, GQ, "Take a Detour to the Most Luxurious Motels in America," 18 Jan. 2018 In the tack room, the floors are reclaimed from another barn teardown, the walls are oak plywood trimmed in off-the-rack molding from Home Depot and the ceiling is standard beadboard. Kathleen Renda, House Beautiful, ""Entertaining Cottages" Are the New She Sheds," 2 June 2017 For an easy but slower method, Diboll recommended smothering the lawn with black plastic, cardboard or plywood for about three months. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Micro prairies: No yard is too small to go with earth-friendly native plants," 25 May 2018 On a November evening in 2017 a group of volunteers carried plywood, nets and poles into her pen at Sevilleta to corner her. Alex Devoid, azcentral, "Can Mexican gray wolves survive in Mexico? Ranchers, advocates square off in familiar debate," 13 May 2018 Other materials range from copper to aluminum to plywood to old toaster cords. Anne Raup, Anchorage Daily News, "Rocket Man: Bill Guernsey and his Atomic Camper," 28 Sep. 2016 The interior boasts concrete stairs, birch plywood walls, and neutral toned furniture. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Prefab modern lake house is powered by the sun," 5 July 2018 After being chastised for skating on public art or public library steps or getting splinters from homemade plywood jumps, skaters have found solace in a place meant only for them. Amelia Nierenberg,, "Lynch Family Skatepark offers teenagers discipline, camaraderie, freedom," 2 July 2018 Sitting on a plywood table just outside his house were ruby-red caribou haunches curing in the sun. Zach Hughes,, "Tanning seal hides on the edge of the world: A foothold in the global economy in rural Alaska," 2 May 2018

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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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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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