[plahy-woo d]


a material used for various building purposes, consisting usually of an odd number of veneers glued over each other, usually at right angles.

Nearby words

  1. plymouth brethren,
  2. plymouth colony,
  3. plymouth company,
  4. plymouth rock,
  5. plyometrics,
  6. plzeň,
  7. plácido's disk,
  8. pm,
  9. pm.,
  10. pmc

Origin of plywood

First recorded in 1905–10; ply2 + wood1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for plywood



a structural board consisting of an odd number of thin layers of wood glued together under pressure, with the grain of one layer at right angles to the grain of the adjoining layer
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Word Origin and History for plywood



1907, from ply (n.) + wood (n.). So called because the layers are arranged so that the grain of one runs at right angles to that of the next.

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