from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Mentally deranged.
  • noun The secondary xylem of trees and shrubs, lying beneath the bark and consisting largely of cellulose and lignin.
  • noun This tissue when cut and dried, used especially for building material and fuel.
  • noun A growth of trees and other plants usually covering a smaller area than a forest.
  • noun A forest.
  • noun An object made of wood, especially.
  • noun Music A woodwind.
  • noun Sports Any of a series of golf clubs used to hit long shots, having a bulbous head made of wood, metal, or graphite, and numbered one to five in order of increasing loft.
  • intransitive verb To fuel with wood.
  • intransitive verb To cover with trees; forest.
  • intransitive verb To gather or be supplied with wood.
  • adjective Made or consisting of wood; wooden.
  • adjective Used or suitable for cutting, storing, or working with wood.
  • adjective Living, growing, or present in forests.
  • idiom (out of the woods) Free of a difficult or hazardous situation; in a position of safety or security.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • To make a noise by scuffling with the feet or by hand-clapping, as students in approval or disapproval of a professor.
  • Mad; frantic; furious; angry; enraged; raging.
  • To act like a mad man; rave.
  • To be fierce or furious; rage.
  • noun An old spelling of
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A large and thick collection of growing trees; a forest: often in the plural, with the same force as the singular.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Timber; the trunks or main stems of trees which attain such dimensions as to be fit for architectural and other purposes.
  • noun Firewood; cordwood.
  • noun The cask, keg, or barrel, as distinguished from the bottle: as, wine drawn from the wood.
  • noun The grain of wood.
  • noun In heraldry, three or four trees grouped together, usually represented as rooted in a mound, which is vert, unless otherwise blazoned. Also called hurst.
  • noun 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.
  • noun In music, the wooden wind-instruments of an orchestra taken collectively. See wind, n., 5, wind-instrument, and instrument, 3 . Also called wood wind.
  • noun Fig uratively, a crowd, mass, or collection.
  • noun See fossil cork, under fossil.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To grow mad; to act like a madman; to mad.
  • adjective obsolete Mad; insane; possessed; rabid; furious; frantic.
  • intransitive verb To take or get a supply of wood.
  • transitive verb To supply with wood, or get supplies of wood for.
  • noun A large and thick collection of trees; a forest or grove; -- frequently used in the plural.
  • noun 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.
  • noun (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 silver grain.
  • noun Trees cut or sawed for the fire or other uses.
  • noun (Chem.) a complex acid liquid obtained in the dry distillation of wood, and containing large quantities of acetic acid; hence, specifically, acetic acid. Formerly called pyroligneous acid.
  • noun (Bot.) a delicate flower (Anemone nemorosa) of early spring; -- also called windflower. See Illust. of Anemone.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a large ant (Formica rufa) which lives in woods and forests, and constructs large nests.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old English wōd; see wet- in Indo-European roots.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English wode, from Old English wudu.]

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Middle English, from Old English wōd. See the full etymology at wode.

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Back-formation from peckerwood.

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Old English wudu, from Proto-Germanic *widuz, from Proto-Indo-European *widhu-. Cognate with Old High German witu, Old Norse viðr (Swedish ved).


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