- to divest or clear of forests or trees: Poor planning deforested the area in ten years.
Origin of deforest
Examples from the Web for deforestation
Washington excused its employment on the grounds that U.S. forces used it for purposes of “deforestation” and not against people.Leslie H. Gelb: Obama Is Right on Chemical Warfare in Syria
Leslie H. Gelb
April 28, 2013
By June, deforestation in the rainforest region had dropped to a 23-year low, and is down 75 percent just since 2004.The New Gold Rush
August 19, 2011
Brazil is the fourth-largest greenhouse-gas emitter in the world, largely due to the deforestation of the Amazon.The Climate Showdown
The Daily Beast
December 4, 2009
My father always seemed to be traveling to some exotic place to raise awareness on deforestation issues and species protection.Newsom's California Dream
October 7, 2009
There has been a big advance in the last year with the deforestation agenda.Why Obama Can't Wait on Climate
September 21, 2009
This deforestation is still going on; dead or dying trees fringe the timber still standing.Archeological Investigations
Deforestation may result in filling a river-channel and in stopping boats a thousand miles downstream.The Spell of the Rockies
Enos A. Mills
I think the deforestation of the country is probably the cause of these terrible visitations.The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 2
- (tr) to clear of treesAlso: disforest
Word Origin and History for deforestation
- The cutting down and removal of all or most of the trees in a forested area. Deforestation can erode soils, contribute to desertification and the pollution of waterways, and decrease biodiversity through the destruction of habitat.
- American electrical engineer and inventor who is known as "the father of radio." He patented more than 300 inventions, including the triode electron tube, which made it possible to amplify and detect radio waves.
The process of destroying a forest and replacing it with something else. The term is used today to refer to the destruction of forests by human beings and their replacement by agricultural systems.