Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- dead wood on trees
- ☆ a useless or burdensome person or thing
- heavy timbers at the bow or, esp., the stern of a wooden ship, just above the keel
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Dead branches or wood on a tree.
- One that is burdensome or superfluous.
- also dead wood Sports Fallen bowling pins that remain on the alley.
- Nautical The vertical planking between the keel of a vessel and the sternpost, serving as a reinforcement.