wood

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noun

1
a
: 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)
2
a
: a dense growth of trees usually greater in extent than a grove and smaller than a forest
often used in plural but singular or plural in construction
b
3
a
: something made of wood
b
: a golf club having a thick wooden head
also : a golf club having a similar head made of metal

wood

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adjective (1)

1
: wooden
2
: suitable for cutting or working with wood
a wood saw
3
or woods : living, growing, or existing in woods
woods trails

wood

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verb

wooded; wooding; woods

intransitive verb

: to gather or take on wood

transitive verb

: to cover with a growth of trees or plant with trees
archaic
: violently mad
Phrases
out of the woods
: clear of danger or difficulty

Example Sentences

Noun 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. See More

Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Adjective (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1613, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Adjective (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Wood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wood. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

wood

1 of 2 noun
1
: a dense growth of trees usually smaller than a forest
often used in plural
a thick woods runs along the ridge
2
: a hard fibrous substance that is basically xylem and makes up the greater part of the stems, branches, and roots of trees or shrubs beneath the bark
also : this material prepared for some use (as burning or building)
3
: something made of wood
especially : a golf club having a wooden head

wood

2 of 2 adjective
1
2
: suitable for cutting or working wood
wood chisels
3
or woods
ˈwu̇dz
: living, growing, or existing in woods

Biographical Definition

Wood 1 of 2

biographical name (1)

Grant (DeVolson) 1892–1942 American painter

Wood

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biographical name (2)

Leonard 1860–1927 American physician and general

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