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Definition of wood 

(Entry 1 of 6)

1a : the hard fibrous substance consisting basically of xylem that makes up the greater part of the stems, branches, and roots of trees or shrubs beneath the bark and is found to a limited extent in herbaceous plants

b : wood suitable or prepared for some use (such as burning or building)

2a : a dense growth of trees usually greater in extent than a grove and smaller than a forest often used in pl. but singular or plural in construction

b : woodland

3a : something made of wood

b : a golf club having a thick wooden head also : a golf club having a similar head made of metal

out of the woods

: clear of danger or difficulty


adjective (1)
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Definition of wood (Entry 2 of 6)

1 : wooden

2 : suitable for cutting or working with wood a wood saw

3 or woods \ˈwu̇dz \ : living, growing, or existing in woods woods trails


\ˈwu̇d \
wooded; wooding; woods

Definition of wood (Entry 3 of 6)

intransitive verb

: to gather or take on wood

transitive verb

: to cover with a growth of trees or plant with trees


adjective (2)
\ˈwüd, ˈwōd, ˈwu̇d \

Definition of wood (Entry 4 of 6)


: violently mad


biographical name (1)
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Definition of Wood (Entry 5 of 6)

Grant (DeVolson) 1892–1942 American painter


biographical name (2)

Definition of Wood (Entry 6 of 6)

Leonard 1860–1927 American physician and general

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Examples of wood in a Sentence


Some baseball bats are made out of wood. The wood on the deck has begun to rot. Their house is near a small wood. A thick woods runs along the boundary of the estate. The house is surrounded by woods. He went for a hike in the woods. She hit a wood off the tee.
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First Known Use of wood


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Adjective (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1613, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Adjective (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wood


Middle English wode, from Old English widu, wudu; akin to Old High German witu wood, Old Irish fid tree

Adjective (2)

Middle English, from Old English wōd insane; akin to Old High German wuot madness — more at vatic

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The first known use of wood was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of wood

: the hard substance that makes up the stems and branches of trees and shrubs

: an area of land covered with many trees

woods : a thick growth of trees and bushes that covers a wide area


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Kids Definition of wood

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a thick growth of trees : a small forest often used in pl. We hiked in the woods.

2 : a hard fibrous material that makes up most of the substance of a tree or shrub beneath the bark and is often used as a building material or fuel



Kids Definition of wood (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : wooden sense 1 a wood floor

2 : used for or on wood a wood chisel

3 or woods \ˈwu̇dz \ : living or growing in woodland woods herbs

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to reject or criticize sharply

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