Definition of wood in English:

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Pronunciation: /wo͝od/


1The hard fibrous material that forms the main substance of the trunk or branches of a tree or shrub.
Example sentences
  • 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.
lumber, timber, planks, planking;
logs, sawlogs
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).
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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



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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.



Example sentences
  • 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.


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

  • The first meaning of wood was ‘a tree’, although the sense ‘small forest’ was found soon after. People touch wood (or in North America knock on wood) to ward off bad luck. The expression is recorded only since 1849. Be unable to see the wood from the trees is older, dating from the mid 16th century. Another phrase relating to the ‘small forest’ sense is out of the woods, meaning ‘out of danger or difficulty’. This probably comes from the 18th-century proverb don't halloo [shout for joy] till you are out of the wood. See also nasty, neck, spoon

Words that rhyme with wood

could, good, hood, Likud, misunderstood, pud, should, stood, understood, withstood, would

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