A man cutting a plank of wood with a saw.
- The definition of wood is something made out of the layer right under a tree's bark.
An example of wood used as an adjective is the phrase "wood chair," which means a chair made out of the layer under the bark of a tree.
- Wood is defined as the layer below the bark on a tree or an item made with this material.
- An example of wood is what is right under a tree's bark.
- An example of wood is a wine barrel used to make wine.
- [usually pl., with sing. or pl. v.] a thick growth of trees; forest or grove
- the hard, fibrous substance beneath the bark in the stems and branches of trees and shrubs; xylem
- trees cut and prepared for use in making things; lumber or timber
- something made of wood; specif.,
- a cask or other wooden container for alcoholic liquor: whiskey aged in wood
- [pl.] woodwind instruments, collectively
- Golf any of a set of numbered clubs, originally with wooden heads, having various lofts: the number 1 wood is usually called a driver (noun); the number 2 wood, number 3 wood, and number 4 wood are used for long, medium, and short fairway shots, respectively
- Slang an erection of the penis: considered mildly vulgar by some
Origin of woodMiddle English wode from Old English wudu, earlier widu, akin to Old High German wito from Indo-European base an unverified form widhu-, tree from source Old Irish fid, Welsh gw?dd, tree, forest
- made of wood; wooden
- for cutting, shaping, or holding wood
- growing or living in woods: chiefly in comb.: wood anemone, wood-grouse
knock on wood
Origin of woodin ref. to the superstitious custom of touching wood, as to ward off evil
out of the woods
- out of one's mind; insane
- violently angry; enraged
Origin of woodMiddle English from Old English wod, akin to German wut, rage: see Woden
- 1892-1942; U.S. painter
- 1860-1927; U.S. general & political administrator
- a. The secondary xylem of trees and shrubs, lying beneath the bark and consisting largely of cellulose and lignin.b. This tissue when cut and dried, used especially for building material and fuel.
- often woods a. A growth of trees and other plants usually covering a smaller area than a forest.b. A forest.
- An object made of wood, especially:a. Music A woodwind.b. 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.
verbwood·ed, wood·ing, woods
- To fuel with wood.
- To cover with trees; forest.
- Made or consisting of wood; wooden.
- Used or suitable for cutting, storing, or working with wood.
- woods Living, growing, or present in forests: woods animals; a woods path.
Origin of woodMiddle English wode from Old English wudu
Origin of woodMiddle English from Old English wōd ; see wet-1 in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural woods)
- (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.
- This table is made of wood. There was lots of wood on the beach.
- (countable) The wood of a particular species of tree.
- Teak is much used for outdoor benches, but a number of other woods are also suitable, such as ipÃ©, redwood, etc.
- (countable) A forested or wooded area.
- He got lost in the woods beyond Seattle.
- We need more wood for the fire.
- (countable, golf) A type of golf club, the head of which was traditionally made of wood.
- (music) A woodwind instrument.
- (uncountable, slang) An erection.
- That girl at the strip club gave me wood.
- (chess, uncountable, slang) Chess pieces.
In the sense of "a forested area", the singular generally refers to a discrete area of forest, while the plural is often used when a more vaguely defined area is meant.
- Made of or with wood.
(third-person singular simple present woods, present participle wooding, simple past and past participle wooded)
- To cover or plant with trees.
- To supply with wood, or get supplies of wood for.
- to wood a steamboat or a locomotive
- To take or get a supply of wood.
From Middle English wode, from Old English wudu, widu (“wood, forest, grove; tree; timber"), from Proto-Germanic *widuz (“wood"), from Proto-Indo-European *widÊ°u-. Cognate with Old High German witu, Old Norse viÃ°r (Danish and Swedish ved).
Middle English, from Old English wÅd. See the full etymology at wode.
- (US, sometimes offensive, chiefly prison slang, of a person) A peckerwood.
Back-formation from peckerwood.