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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive v. To fuel with wood.
  • transitive v. To cover with trees; forest.
  • intransitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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. The wood of a particular species of tree.
  • n. A forested or wooded area.
  • n. Firewood.
  • n. (golf) A type of golf club, the head of which was traditionally made of wood.
  • n. A woodwind instrument.
  • n. An erection.
  • adj. Made of wood.
  • v. To cover or plant with trees.
  • v. To take or get a supply of wood.
  • adj. Mad, insane, crazed.
  • n. A peckerwood.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Mad; insane; possessed; rabid; furious; frantic.
  • 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. 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 silver grain.
  • n. Trees cut or sawed for the fire or other uses.
  • intransitive v. To grow mad; to act like a madman; to mad.
  • intransitive v. To take or get a supply of wood.
  • transitive v. To supply with wood, or get supplies of wood for.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a noise by scuffling with the feet or by hand-clapping, as students in approval or disapproval of a professor.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • n. Timber; the trunks or main stems of trees which attain such dimensions as to be fit for architectural and other purposes.
  • 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.
  • n. An old spelling of

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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)

Etymologies

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)
Old English wudu, from Proto-Germanic *widuz, from Proto-Indo-European *widhu-. Cognate with Old High German witu, Old Norse viðr (Swedish ved). (Wiktionary)
Middle English, from Old English wōd. See the full etymology at wode. (Wiktionary)
Back-formation from peckerwood. (Wiktionary)

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