Definition of wood in English:


Syllabification: wood
Pronunciation: /wo͝od


1The hard fibrous material that forms the main substance of the trunk or branches of a tree or shrub.
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  • First, the axes glance off the tree, the wood is so hard to cut.
  • The bark of the tree is grey and often deeply furrowed on older trees, while the wood inside the trunk is yellow.
  • Throughout, natural materials such as woods will mix with high-tech lighting and recycled metal and glass.
1.1Wood when cut and used as timber or fuel: a large table made of dark, polished wood best quality woods were used for joinery [as modifier]: a wood cross
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  • This will become the first housing scheme in the UK to be communally heated with piped hot water from a single boiler fuelled by waste wood from local timber.
  • You are much less likely to be arrested for destroying London trees if you buy planks of wood from a local timber merchant.
  • He said that in Jepara, the center of Central Java's furniture industry, the quality of teak wood was poor.
1.2A golf club with a wooden or other head that is relatively broad from face to back (often with a numeral indicating the degree to which the face is angled to loft the ball).
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  • All lines feature woods with high lofts, thin grips and lightweight graphite shafts.
  • The precious cargo of two dozen gutta-perch balls, three woods, three irons and a putter arrived at the doorstep of John Reid's new home in Yonkers not a day too soon.
  • I am an enthusiastic if occasional golfer: I can hit the ball well with my woods, but have little control over my irons.
1.3A golf shot made with a wood.
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  • He crushes a three wood with his second shot, which comes up 30 yards shy of the green.
  • Whereupon he wildly hit a wood shot into the creek and took a 7.
  • Chris Ferris's effort coming with a three wood second shot at the par four 4th hole.
2 (also woods) An area of land, smaller than a forest, that is covered with growing trees: a thick hedge divided the wood from the field a long walk in the woods
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  • No forests, woods or scrub lands are burning out of control.
  • Trees grown in woods and forests do not suffer from this anywhere nearly as badly as lone trees that don't have any neighbours to shelter behind.
  • While U.S. campers backpack through woods and forest lands, Malaysian campers trek through the jungle.
forest, woodland, trees;
copse, coppice, grove, bush, woodlot


Old English wudu, from a Germanic word related to Welsh gwŷdd 'trees'.


get wood

vulgar slang Have an erection.

knock on wood

Said in order to prevent a confident statement from bringing bad luck: I haven’t been banned yet, knock on wood
[with reference to the custom of touching something wooden to ward off bad luck]
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  • So far we have only had one trip to York District Hospital (fingers crossed, touch wood and spit for luck) after he ran head first into the fireplace and got a bruised lump roughly the size of a pickled egg on his noggin.
  • He would throw salt over his shoulder and knock on wood just for good luck, I didn't learn this until I lived with him.
  • I used direct deposit, it hasn't been a problem as of yet, knock on wood.

out of the wood (or woods)

Out of danger or difficulty.
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  • Observers, however, do not doubt that the company is well down the recovery track - if not quite out of the woods.
  • Neither he nor his illustrious brother seem out of the woods yet.
  • Her doctor said, Yes, she's out of the woods, with a quickening and lightening of his voice.



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  • The University of Delaware's Affordable Composites from Renewable Sources program is devising techniques to manufacture soy-based plastics that can be used to build hurricane-resistant housing with woodless lumber.
  • Thanks Jamie for the comments on the Derwent woodless pencils - I think I'll stay away from those!
  • You'll have to browse the galleries of DW's official woodless construction website for that.

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