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[drift-woo d] /ˈdrɪftˌwʊd/
wood floating on a body of water or cast ashore by it.
such wood adapted for use in interior decoration.
of, relating to, or made of driftwood:
a driftwood lamp.
Origin of driftwood
1605-15; drift + wood1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for driftwood
Contemporary Examples
  • The only training BP has provided for the public is to teach us how to safely pick up trash and driftwood from our own beaches.

Historical Examples
  • There in the north, then, there was said to be driftwood, and plenty of seals.

  • There was plenty of driftwood, but it was too wet; so they had to eat the meat raw.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • There was no light except the driftwood fire in the big fireplace, and Miss Wheeler sat in a low chair watching it.

    The White Shield Myrtle Reed
  • The sun came out, the driftwood dried, and at last a fire was kindled.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • “You wish first to be taken up near the driftwood,” 337 he exclaimed.

    Out of the Depths Robert Ames Bennet
  • He held on with his hands and rested his feet on a pile of driftwood.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker
  • I gathered a pile of clubs, which I cut from the driftwood on the shore, from which we had also obtained that for our fire.

    By Canoe and Dog-Train Egerton Ryerson Young
  • He set to work to gather bits of driftwood, and started a fire.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • On looking across the river there was seen a few small piles of what looked like driftwood.

British Dictionary definitions for driftwood


wood floating on or washed ashore by the sea or other body of water
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for driftwood

1630s, from drift (v.) + wood (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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