American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The secondary xylem of trees and shrubs, lying beneath the bark and consisting largely of cellulose and lignin.
- n. This tissue, often cut and dried especially for use as building material and fuel.
- n. A dense growth of trees or underbrush covering a relatively small or confined area. Often used in the plural.
- n. A forest. Often used in the plural.
- n. An object made of wood, especially:
- n. Music A woodwind.
- n. Sports Any of a series of golf clubs used to hit long shots, having a bulbous head made chiefly of wood, metal, or graphite, and numbered one to five in order of increasing loft.
- v. To fuel with wood.
- v. To cover with trees; forest.
- v. To gather or be supplied with wood.
- adj. Made or consisting of wood; wooden.
- adj. Used or suitable for cutting, storing, or working with wood.
- adj. Living, growing, or present in forests: woods animals; a woods path.
- idiom. out of the woods Informal Free of a difficult or hazardous situation; in a position of safety or security.
- adj. Archaic Mentally unbalanced; insane.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In horticulture, any twig or tissue of a plant, whether hard or soft, that is considered in the making of cuttings or some-times, in the ease of garden plants, in the operation of pruning. See hard wood, soft wood.
- n. The name used in the lumber trade for the timber of deciduous-leaved trees as distinguished from evergreen or coniferous trees, though some, poplar, for instance, are as soft as white pine, while yew and some varieties of yellow pine rank high in hardness, when compared with hard woods. In Tasmania the name is usually confined to the timber of the eucalypts, while in Queensland it is especially applied to a myrtaceous tree, Backhousia Bancroftii.
- To make a noise by scuffling with the feet or by hand-clapping, as students in approval or disapproval of a professor.
- n. A large and thick collection of growing trees; a forest: often in the plural, with the same force as the singular.
- n. The substance of trees; the hard fibrous substance which composes the body of a tree and its branches, and which lies between the pith and the bark. In dicotyledonous plants the wood is composed externally of the alburnum or sap-wood, and internally of the duramen or hard wood. In monocotyledonous plants, or endogens, the hardest part of the wood is nearest the circumference, while the interior is com posed of cellular tissue.
- n. Timber; the trunks or main stems of trees which attain such dimensions as to be fit for architectural and other purposes. In this sense the word implies not only standing trees suitable for buildings, etc., but also such trees cut into beams, rafters, boards, planks, etc. See
- n. Firewood; cordwood.
- n. The cask, keg, or barrel, as distinguished from the bottle: as, wine drawn from the wood.
- n. The grain of wood.
- n. In heraldry, three or four trees grouped together, usually represented as rooted in a mound, which is vert, unless otherwise blazoned. Also called hurst.
- n. In printing, a wood-block, or wood blocks collectively, as distinguished from a me tallic type or plate of any kind: as, cuts printed from the wood.
- n. In music, the wooden wind-instruments of an orchestra taken collectively. See wind, n., 5, wind-instrument, and instrument, 3 . Also called wood wind.
- n. Fig uratively, a crowd, mass, or collection.
- n. See fossil cork, under fossil.
- n. In South Africa, an evergreen shrub, or a tree 20 or 30 feet, high, Psychotria Capensis (Grumilea cymosa), having a hard, tough wood, variously useful.
- To sup ply or replenish with wood; get supplies of wood for: as, to wood a steamboat or a loco motive.
- To take in or get supplies of wood.
- Mad; frantic; furious; angry; enraged; raging.
- To act like a mad man; rave.
- To be fierce or furious; rage.
- n. An old spelling of
- n. uncountable The substance making up the central part of the trunk and branches of a tree. Used as a material for construction, to manufacture various items, etc. or as fuel.
- n. countable The wood of a particular species of tree.
- n. countable A forested or wooded area.
- n. Firewood.
- n. countable (golf) A type of golf club, the head of which was traditionally made of wood.
- n. music A woodwind instrument.
- n. uncountable, slang An erection.
- adj. Made of wood.
- v. transitive To cover or plant with trees.
- v. To take or get a supply of wood.
- adj. obsolete Mad, insane, crazed.
- n. US, of a person A peckerwood.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Mad; insane; possessed; rabid; furious; frantic.
- v. To grow mad; to act like a madman; to mad.
- n. A large and thick collection of trees; a forest or grove; -- frequently used in the plural.
- n. The substance of trees and the like; the hard fibrous substance which composes the body of a tree and its branches, and which is covered by the bark; timber.
- n. (Bot.) The fibrous material which makes up the greater part of the stems and branches of trees and shrubby plants, and is found to a less extent in herbaceous stems. It consists of elongated tubular or needle-shaped cells of various kinds, usually interwoven with the shinning bands called
- n. Trees cut or sawed for the fire or other uses.
- v. To supply with wood, or get supplies of wood for.
- v. To take or get a supply of wood.
- n. the trees and other plants in a large densely wooded area
- n. a golf club with a long shaft used to hit long shots; originally made with a wooden head
- n. any wind instrument other than the brass instruments
- n. English conductor (1869-1944)
- n. English writer of novels about murders and thefts and forgeries (1814-1887)
- n. United States film actress (1938-1981)
- n. the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
- n. United States painter noted for works based on life in the Midwest (1892-1942)
- Back-formation from peckerwood. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English wode, from Old English wudu.Middle English, from Old English wōd; see wet-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“* touch wood, touch wood* He even prepared lunch and dinner for everyone.”
“a wood, the etymology of that populous village is, _a town in the wood_.”
“Finally, if the wood is not exceptionally fine, like your mahogony is, the most eco friendly thing to do is to replace it (with a renewable wood from a renewable source).”
“An ideal bust of Italia, also in wood, is full of sweet and subtle expression, and pleases me better than the frame.”
“Yes | No | Report from mattreney wrote 29 weeks 2 days ago the look and feel of the wood is a lot nicer”
“The firm has promised one and the wood is already available, but the means of transport were not yet accorded by the Riechsbahn.”
“At 200 yards, the bullet path thru the wood is almost straight line, wearas at 50 feet the bullet has not had a chance to stabalise and tumbles.”
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