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Definition of "wood" []

  • The secondary xylem of trees and shrubs, lying beneath the bark and consisting largely of cellulose and lignin. (noun)
  • This tissue, often cut and dried especially for use as building material and fuel. (noun)
  • A dense growth of trees or underbrush covering a relatively small or confined area. Often used in the plural. (noun)
  • A forest. Often used in the plural. (noun)
  • An object made of wood, especially: (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "wood" in a sentence
  • "One curious experiment is deserving of mention: If a broad-headed nail be partly driven into pine wood, and then some pieces of dynamite placed on the head of the nail, the latter may be struck hard blows with a wooden mallet without exploding the dynamite _so long as the nail will continue to enter the wood_."
  • "Corallines much resemble fossil or petrified wood; and we recollect to have received from the landlady of an inn at Portsmouth a small branch of _fossil wood_, which she asserted to be _coral_, and"
  • "It is as if a carpenter should attempt to support an entablature by pillars of wood too small and weak for the weight, and then go on, from week to week, suffering anxiety and irritation, as he sees them swelling and splitting under the burden, and finding fault _with the wood_, instead of taking it to himself."