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.
- for·est·al, fo·res·tial [fuh-res-chuhl], /fəˈrɛs tʃəl/, adjective
- for·est·ed, adjective
- for·est·less, adjective
- for·est·like, adjective
- non·for·est, noun
- non·for·est·ed, adjective
- un·for·est·ed, adjective
- well-for·est·ed, adjective
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How to use forest in a sentence
During the country’s dry season in 2019, nearly 4 million acres of peatland and tropical forest were burned.What wildfires in Brazil, Siberia, and the US West have in common | Lili Pike | September 17, 2020 | Vox
It can also mean using saws and machines to cut and thin the forests.Suppressing fires has failed. Here’s what California needs to do instead. | James Temple | September 17, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Then, over the past few decades, the forests of Sarawak faced threats unlike any before.The Environmental Headache in Your Shampoo - Issue 90: Something Green | Anastasia Bendebury & Michael Shilo DeLay | September 16, 2020 | Nautilus
Severe wildfires across the American West may already be altering the future of forests there.Severe wildfires in the West may already be altering the future of forests | Alison Snyder | September 10, 2020 | Axios
Once it’s in wild boar in the forests there, it can be very difficult to control.Europe is on high alert after a deadly swine virus emerges in Germany | Bernhard Warner | September 10, 2020 | Fortune
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 | Michael Tomasky | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
“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.
However, they were not seen to venture far into the surrounding deciduous forest.Summer Birds From the Yucatan Peninsula | Erwin E. Klaas
He swims every day in the river; he fishes from his bamboo raft; he hunts in the forest with his father.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
And the covering of Juda shall be discovered, and thou shalt see in that day the armoury of the house of the forest.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
After this it wound along on ridges and in ravines till it reached the heart of a great pine forest, where stood a saw-mill.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
They started in the early morning and rode out over the plains till they came to the edge of a large forest.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
British Dictionary definitions for forest
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 trees: Compare bush 1 (def. 4)
something resembling a large wooded area, esp in density: a 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 officers: Compare park (def. 5)
(modifier) of, involving, or living in a forest or forests: a forest glade
(tr) to create a forest (in); plant with trees
- forestal or foresteal (fəˈrɛstɪəl), adjective
- forested, adjective
- forestless, adjective
- forest-like, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for forest
A growth of trees covering a large area. Forests exist in all regions of the Earth except for regions of extreme cold or dryness.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with forest
see can't see the forest for the trees.
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