- a large tract of land covered with trees and underbrush; woodland.
- the trees on such a tract: to cut down a forest.
- a tract of wooded grounds in England formerly belonging to the sovereign and set apart for game.
- a thick cluster of vertical objects: a forest of church spires.
- to supply or cover with trees; convert into a forest.
Origin of forest
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- situated at or toward the front, as compared with something else.
- first in place, time, order, rank, etc.; forward; earlier.
- of or relating to a foremast.
- noting a sail, yard, boom, etc., or any rigging belonging to a fore lower mast or to some upper mast of a foremast.
- noting any stay running aft and upward to the head of a fore lower mast or to some specified upper mast of a foremast: fore topmast stay.
- situated at or toward the bow of a vessel; forward.
- the forepart of anything; front.
- the fore, Nautical. the foremast.
- Also 'fore. Informal. before.
- fore and aft, Nautical. in, at, or to both ends of a ship.
- to the fore,
- into a conspicuous place or position; to or at the front.
- at hand; ready; available.
- still alive.
Origin of fore1
- Lee,1873–1961, U.S. inventor of radio, telegraphic, and telephonic equipment.
Examples from the Web for forest
He first rose to prominence as a lawyer in Queens, who settled a boiling racial dispute over public housing in Forest Hills.Mario Cuomo: An OK Governor, but a Far Better Person
January 2, 2015
“It fundamentally changes the architecture of forest canopies,” says Watson.
The birds poop all over the forest, and thanks to the viscin, the mistletoe seeds in said poop stick to branches.
Instead, most of the suffering species ate insects on the forest floor.
From the looks of it, mistletoe is a keystone species and plays a crucial role in that forest ecosystem.
He is aged for such a journey, if you came from the Forest since morn.
His spirit yearned after his father, and his heart was sick for his forest home.
It is a venerable chestnut, and known as "the father of the forest."The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
In a forest, solitude would be life; in a city, it is death.The New Adam and Eve (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
About daylight I reached a forest in which I could conceal myself during the day.Biography of a Slave
- a large wooded area having a thick growth of trees and plants
- the trees of such an area
- NZ an area planted with exotic pines or similar treesCompare bush 1 (def. 4)
- something resembling a large wooded area, esp in densitya forest of telegraph poles
- law (formerly) an area of woodland, esp one owned by the sovereign and set apart as a hunting ground with its own laws and officersCompare park (def. 5)
- (modifier) of, involving, or living in a forest or forestsa forest glade
- (tr) to create a forest (in); plant with trees
- Lee. 1873–1961, US inventor of telegraphic, telephonic, and radio equipment: patented the first triode valve (1907)
- (usually in combination) located at, in, or towards the frontthe forelegs of a horse
- the front part
- something located at, in, or towards the front
- short for foremast
- fore and aft located at or directed towards both ends of a vessela fore-and-aft rig
- to the fore
- to or into the front or conspicuous position
- Scot and Irishalive or activeis your grandfather still to the fore?
- at or towards a ship's bow
- obsolete before
- a less common word for before
- (in golf) a warning shout made by a player about to make a shot
Word Origin and History for forest
late 13c., "extensive tree-covered district," especially one set aside for royal hunting and under the protection of the king, from Old French forest "forest, wood, woodland" (Modern French forêt), probably ultimately from Late Latin/Medieval Latin forestem silvam "the outside woods," a term from the Capitularies of Charlemagne denoting "the royal forest;" perhaps via Old High German forst, from Latin foris "outside" (see foreign), with a sense of "beyond the park," the park being the main or central fenced woodland.
Another theory traces it through Medieval Latin forestis, originally "forest preserve, game preserve," from Latin forum in legal sense "court, judgment;" in other words "land subject to a ban" [Buck]. Replaced Old English wudu.
1818 (forested is attested from 1610s), from forest (n.).
Old English fore (prep.) "before, in front of;" (adv.) "before, previously," common Germanic (cf. Old High German fora, Old Frisian fara, German vor, Gothic faiura, Old Norse fyrr "for"); from PIE *pr-, from root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per).
As a noun, from 1630s. The warning cry in golf is first recorded 1878, probably a contraction of before.
mid-15c., "forward;" late 15c., "former, earlier;" early 16c., "at the front;" all senses apparently from fore- compounds, which frequently were written as two words in Middle English.
- A growth of trees covering a large area. Forests exist in all regions of the Earth except for regions of extreme cold or dryness.