[kawrd-woo d]


wood stacked in cords for use as fuel.
logs cut to a length of 4 feet (1.2 meters) to facilitate stacking in cords.
trees intended for timber but of a quality suitable only for fuel.

Origin of cordwood

First recorded in 1630–40; cord + wood1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cordwood

Historical Examples of cordwood

  • So far as I'm concerned you're welcome to go round the mounting an' chop all the railroad ties an' cordwood you choose.

    Camp Venture

    George Cary Eggleston

  • I had only to “crab-step” back along the runway—a couple of planks laid over the cordwood—and be ready for the next stroke.

    Down the Columbia

    Lewis R. Freeman

  • Cordwood constitutes the most important use for California live oak.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • Coal rates, of course, are partly determined by rates on cordwood, and vice versa.

  • It probably would be thirty or fifty feet higher, but the top could only be used for posts, cordwood, and similar uses.

British Dictionary definitions for cordwood



wood that has been cut into lengths of four feet so that it can be stacked in cords
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