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[kawrd-woo d] /ˈkɔrdˌwʊd/
wood stacked in cords for use as fuel.
logs cut to a length of 4 feet (1.2 meters) to facilitate stacking in cords.
trees intended for timber but of a quality suitable only for fuel.
Origin of cordwood
First recorded in 1630-40; cord + wood1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • During the afternoon there had been piled truckload after truckload of cordwood at the end of the company streets.

    At Plattsburg Allen French
  • That was when he found that his old denim jacket had gone over with the cordwood.

    Down the Columbia Lewis R. Freeman
  • They sent down the mountain innumerable ties and all the cordwood that the trees yielded after the ties were cut.

    Camp Venture George Cary Eggleston
  • There was plenty of cordwood left, and the galley stove was in good condition.

    Down the Columbia Lewis R. Freeman
  • What with steps and stairs and passages and piles of cordwood for the engine,—oh no, I guess Harland and Wolff didn't build her.

  • After it was all over, we stacked them up like cordwood—with about as much compunction.

    The Hidden Places Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • In this particular settlement they operate small farms, gaining their livelihood by selling garden produce, berries, and cordwood.

    North Dakota Various
  • He was a thrifty farmer for his times, and quite an extensive dealer in cordwood and hoppoles.

  • In that case the trunks are left to decay, unless they happen to be convenient to a cordwood market.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • At Hancock I saw a foot of snow compressed under the cordwood, and some between buildings not exposed to the sun.

British Dictionary definitions for cordwood


wood that has been cut into lengths of four feet so that it can be stacked in cords
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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