- 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.
- A eudicot or magnoliid tree, especially as distinguished from a coniferous, or softwood, tree.
- The wood of a eudicot or magnoliid tree. Hardwoods are in general harder than softwood. However, some hardwoods, such as basswood, are comparatively soft, while some softwoods, such as yew, are comparatively hard.
(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.
- The hardwood floor had not been stained.
- The wooden banisters were polished to a high finish, and the hardwood stairs were covered on the walkway with more carpet.
- A huge marble fireplace dominated the large family room, its image reflected on the shiny expanse of hardwood floor.
- He turned and left the room, his boots clicking across the tile floor and then fading as he moved across the hardwood family room floor and down the hall.
- Still, the rich hardwood floor reflected the weak morning sun in a cheerful manner that spawned reluctance to continue the tour.