- any tough, heavy timber with a compact texture
- Forestry the wood of an angiosperm possessing true vessels, in contrast to the softwood of a gymnosperm, which lacks vessels
- a tree yielding hardwood
- The wood of a eudicot or a magnoliid, such as an oak, maple, or magnolia.
- A eudicot or magnoliid tree.
(countable and uncountable, plural hardwoods)
- (countable) (mostly in botany and forestry) The wood from any dicotyledonous tree, without regard to its hardness.
- Balsa is a hardwood, but a soft hardwood.
- (countable) (in more general use) As the preceding but limited to those that are commercial timbers, and are at least average in hardness.
- Ash, hickory and oak are some of the most prominent domestic hardwoods.
- (countable, forestry) The tree or tree species that yields the preceding.
- This hardwood has been planted extensively throughout the hills here.
- (uncountable) A joint term for the commercial timbers, without distinguishing which.
- You should have used hardwood for this window sill instead of this junk.
- (sports, slang) The sport of basketball, in particular the basketball court.