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deforest

[dee-fawr-ist, -for-]
verb (used with object)
  1. to divest or clear of forests or trees: Poor planning deforested the area in ten years.
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Origin of deforest

First recorded in 1530–40; de- + forest
Related formsde·for·est·a·tion, nounde·for·est·er, noun
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  • Deforest Young believed that he was beginning to hate the boy.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White

  • With less than 50 men I was confronting Deforest's brigade of cavalry.

    Mosby's War Reminiscences

    John Singleton Mosby

  • The cavalry I had met was Deforest's brigade, that had come up the night before.

    Mosby's War Reminiscences

    John Singleton Mosby

  • The sun was far in the heavens before she stopped at the building in which Deforest Young had his office.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White

  • Deforest Young saw the girl bound forward, and the red curls shroud the huge fisherman's face.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White


British Dictionary definitions for deforest

deforest

verb
  1. (tr) to clear of treesAlso: disforest
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Derived Formsdeforestation, noundeforester, noun
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Word Origin and History for deforest

v.

1880 in modern sense, from de- + forest. Related: Deforested; deforesting. Disforest in the sense "to clear of trees" is from 1660s. Disafforest is attested in this sense from 1842; originally it meant "reduce from the legal status of a forest" (1590s).

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deforest in Science

DeForest

[dĭ-fôrĭst]
  1. American electrical engineer and inventor who is known as "the father of radio." He patented more than 300 inventions, including the triode electron tube, which made it possible to amplify and detect radio waves.
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