- the hard, fibrous substance composing most of the stem and branches of a tree or shrub, and lying beneath the bark; the xylem.
- the trunks or main stems of trees as suitable for architectural and other purposes; timber or lumber.
- the cask, barrel, or keg, as distinguished from the bottle: aged in the wood.
- woodblock(def 1).
- Often woods. (used with a singular or plural verb) a large and thick collection of growing trees; a grove or forest: They picnicked in the woods.
- Golf. a club with a wooden head, as a driver, brassie, spoon, or baffy for hitting long shots.Compare iron(def 5).
- made of wood; wooden.
- used to store, work, or carry wood: a wood chisel.
- dwelling or growing in woods: wood bird.
- to cover or plant with trees.
- to supply with wood; get supplies of wood for.
- to take in or get supplies of wood (often followed by up): to wood up before the approach of winter.
- have the wood on, Australian Slang. to have an advantage over or have information that can be used against.
- knock on wood, (used when knocking on something wooden to assure continued good luck): The car's still in good shape, knock on wood.Also especially British, touch wood.
- out of the woods,
- out of a dangerous, perplexing, or difficult situation; secure; safe.
- no longer in precarious health or critical condition; out of danger and recovering.
Origin of wood1
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- wild, as with rage or excitement.
- mad; insane.
Origin of wood2
- Grant,1892–1942, U.S. painter.
- Leonard,1860–1927, U.S. military doctor and political administrator.
Examples from the Web for wood
A worn couch sitting squarely before a wood veneer wall, accented by the head of a deer.#Setinthestreet: Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project
December 24, 2014
Upstairs, in the living room, splintered logs of hemlock cackled and spat from inside the wood stove.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation A Pennsylvania-based wood cabinet and specialty products manufacturer.The 26 Next Hobby Lobbys
December 17, 2014
You can practically smell the sugar maples and wood violets.The Best Albums of 2014
December 13, 2014
Therefore in our view we need to talk about our wood management before any other factor in the maturation of The Macallan.Why Natural Color Is So Crucial To Understanding A Whisky’s Flavors
December 10, 2014
A party of fugitives were to meet her in a wood, that she might conduct them North.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
It left three deep dents in the wood, and the door was kicked open again.Way of the Lawless
I dismounted, and went forward to strike it with a piece of wood.
But is there no gate because we find none on the edge of the wood where it seemed to lie?Weighed and Wanting
I can but see an old rusty nail, with bits of stone and slips of wood.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
- the hard fibrous substance consisting of xylem tissue that occurs beneath the bark in trees, shrubs, and similar plantsRelated adjectives: ligneous, xyloid
- the trunks of trees that have been cut and prepared for use as a building material
- a collection of trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses, etc, usually dominated by one or a few species of tree: usually smaller than a forestan oak wood Related adjective: sylvan
- fuel; firewood
- a long-shafted club with a broad wooden or metal head, used for driving: numbered from 1 to 7 according to size, angle of face, etc
- (as modifier)a wood shot
- tennis squash badminton the frame of a rackethe hit a winning shot off the wood
- one of the biased wooden bowls used in the game of bowls
- music short for woodwind See also woods (def. 3)
- casks, barrels, etc, made of wood
- from the wood(of a beverage) from a wooden container rather than a metal or glass one
- have the wood on or have got the wood on Australian and NZ informal to have an advantage over
- out of the wood or out of the woods clear of or safe from dangers or doubtswe're not out of the wood yet
- see the wood for the trees (used with a negative) to obtain a general view of a situation, problem, etc, without allowing details to cloud one's analysishe can't see the wood for the trees
- (modifier) made of, used for, employing, or handling wooda wood fire
- (modifier) dwelling in, concerning, or situated in a wooda wood nymph
- (tr) to plant a wood upon
- to supply or be supplied with fuel or firewood
- obsolete raging or raving like a maniac
- Mrs Henry, married name of Ellen Price . 1814–87, British novelist, noted esp for the melodramatic novel East Lynne (1861)
- Sir Henry (Joseph). 1869–1944, English conductor, who founded the Promenade Concerts in London
- John, known as the Elder . 1707–54, British architect and town planner, working mainly in Bath, where he designed the North and South Parades (1728) and the Circus (1754)
- his son, John, known as the Younger . 1727–82, British architect: designed the Royal Crescent (1767–71) and the Assembly Rooms (1769–71), Bath
- Ralph. 1715–72, British potter, working in Staffordshire, who made the first toby jug (1762)
Word Origin and History for wood
Old English wudu, earlier widu "tree, trees collectively, the substance of which trees are made," from Proto-Germanic *widuz (cf. Old Norse viðr, Danish and Swedish ved "tree, wood," Old High German witu "wood"), perhaps from PIE *widhu- "tree, wood" (cf. Welsh gwydd "trees," Gaelic fiodh- "wood, timber," Old Irish fid "tree, wood"). Woodsy is from 1860. Out of the woods "safe" is from 1792.
"violently insane" (now obsolete), from Old English wod "mad, frenzied," from Proto-Germanic *woth- (cf. Gothic woþs "possessed, mad," Old High German wuot "mad, madness," German wut "rage, fury"), from PIE *wet- "to blow, inspire, spiritually arouse;" source of Latin vates "seer, poet," Old Irish faith "poet;" "with a common element of mental excitement" [Buck]. Cf. Old English woþ "sound, melody, song," and Old Norse oðr "poetry," and the god-name Odin.
- The thick xylem of trees and shrubs, resulting from secondary growth by the vascular cambium, which produces new layers of living xylem. The accumulated living xylem is the sapwood. The older, dead xylem in the interior of the tree forms the heartwood. Often each cycle of growth of new wood is evident as a growth ring. The main components of wood are cellulose and lignin.