- 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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Examples from the Web for foresting
Grace recognized the uniform at once, having seen it before when foresting with Tom Gray.Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders in the Great North Woods
Jessie Graham Flower
And later, by closing in our system of foresting, I figger to cut out present costs on a sight bigger output.The Man in the Twilight
- 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
Word Origin and History for foresting
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.).
- A growth of trees covering a large area. Forests exist in all regions of the Earth except for regions of extreme cold or dryness.