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forest

[fawr-ist, for-] /ˈfɔr ɪst, ˈfɒr-/
noun
1.
a large tract of land covered with trees and underbrush; woodland.
2.
the trees on such a tract:
to cut down a forest.
3.
a tract of wooded grounds in England formerly belonging to the sovereign and set apart for game.
4.
a thick cluster of vertical objects:
a forest of church spires.
verb (used with object)
5.
to supply or cover with trees; convert into a forest.
Origin of forest
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French < Late Latin forestis (silva) an unenclosed wood (as opposed to a park), derivative of Latin forīs outside. Cf. foreign
Related forms
forestal, forestial
[fuh-res-chuh l] /fəˈrɛs tʃəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
forested, adjective
forestless, adjective
forestlike, adjective
nonforest, noun
nonforested, adjective
unforested, adjective
well-forested, adjective
Synonyms
1. Forest, grove, wood refer to an area covered with trees. A forest is an extensive area, preserving some or all of its primitive wildness and usually having game or wild animals in it: Sherwood Forest; the Black Forest. A grove is a group or cluster of trees, usually not very large in area and cleared of underbrush. It is usually tended or cultivated: a shady grove; a grove of pines; an orange grove; a walnut grove. Woods (or a wood ) resembles a forest but is a smaller tract of land, less wild in character, and generally closer to civilization: lost in the woods; a wood covering several acres.

fore1

[fawr, fohr] /fɔr, foʊr/
adjective
1.
situated at or toward the front, as compared with something else.
2.
first in place, time, order, rank, etc.; forward; earlier.
3.
Nautical.
  1. of or relating to a foremast.
  2. noting a sail, yard, boom, etc., or any rigging belonging to a fore lower mast or to some upper mast of a foremast.
  3. noting any stay running aft and upward to the head of a fore lower mast or to some specified upper mast of a foremast:
    fore topmast stay.
  4. situated at or toward the bow of a vessel; forward.
adverb
4.
Nautical. at or toward the bow.
5.
6.
Obsolete, before.
noun
7.
the forepart of anything; front.
8.
the fore, Nautical. the foremast.
preposition, conjunction
9.
Also, 'fore. Informal. before.
Idioms
10.
fore and aft, Nautical. in, at, or to both ends of a ship.
11.
to the fore,
  1. into a conspicuous place or position; to or at the front.
  2. at hand; ready; available.
  3. still alive.
Origin
by construal of fore- as an adj., hence nominalized; fore and aft perhaps as translation of Dutch or Low German; sense “before” (defs 6, 9) perhaps continuation of Middle English, Old English fore in this sense, or as aphetic form of afore
Can be confused
for, fore, four.
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Examples from the Web for forest
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The west portal of Rouen is half covered by a forest of timbering.

    Cathedral Cities of France Herbert Marshall
  • He is aged for such a journey, if you came from the forest since morn.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • She had hardly spoken when all the forest was lighted up with a sudden glow.

    The Fairy Ring Various
  • It is a venerable chestnut, and known as "the father of the forest."

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • A moat surrounded the house, of width 60 feet, except in the forest, where it was 115 feet.

    South London Sir Walter Besant
British Dictionary definitions for forest

forest

/ˈfɒrɪst/
noun
1.
a large wooded area having a thick growth of trees and plants
2.
the trees of such an area
3.
(NZ) an area planted with exotic pines or similar trees Compare bush1 (sense 4)
4.
something resembling a large wooded area, esp in density: a forest of telegraph poles
5.
(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 (sense 5)
6.
(modifier) of, involving, or living in a forest or forests: a forest glade
verb
7.
(transitive) to create a forest (in); plant with trees
Derived Forms
forestal, foresteal (fəˈrɛstɪəl) adjective
forested, adjective
forestless, adjective
forest-like, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Medieval Latin forestis unfenced woodland, from Latin foris outside

fore1

/fɔː/
adjective
1.
(usually in combination) located at, in, or towards the front: the forelegs of a horse
noun
2.
the front part
3.
something located at, in, or towards the front
4.
short for foremast
5.
fore and aft, located at or directed towards both ends of a vessel: a fore-and-aft rig
6.
to the fore
  1. to or into the front or conspicuous position
  2. (Scot & Irish) alive or active: is your grandfather still to the fore?
adverb
7.
at or towards a ship's bow
8.
(obsolete) before
preposition, conjunction
9.
a less common word for before
Word Origin
Old English; related to Old Saxon, Old High German fora, Gothic faura, Greek para, Sanskrit pura

fore2

/fɔː/
interjection
1.
(in golf) a warning shout made by a player about to make a shot
Word Origin
C19: probably short for before
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Word Origin and History for forest
n.

late 13c., "extensive tree-covered district," especially one set aside for royal hunting and under the protection of the king, from Old French forest "forest, wood, woodland" (Modern French forêt), probably ultimately from Late Latin/Medieval Latin forestem silvam "the outside woods," a term from the Capitularies of Charlemagne denoting "the royal forest;" perhaps via Old High German forst, from Latin foris "outside" (see foreign), with a sense of "beyond the park," the park being the main or central fenced woodland.

Another theory traces it through Medieval Latin forestis, originally "forest preserve, game preserve," from Latin forum in legal sense "court, judgment;" in other words "land subject to a ban" [Buck]. Replaced Old English wudu.

v.

1818 (forested is attested from 1610s), from forest (n.).

fore

adv.

Old English fore (prep.) "before, in front of;" (adv.) "before, previously," common Germanic (cf. Old High German fora, Old Frisian fara, German vor, Gothic faiura, Old Norse fyrr "for"); from PIE *pr-, from root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per).

As a noun, from 1630s. The warning cry in golf is first recorded 1878, probably a contraction of before.

adj.

mid-15c., "forward;" late 15c., "former, earlier;" early 16c., "at the front;" all senses apparently from fore- compounds, which frequently were written as two words in Middle English.

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forest in Science
forest
  (fôr'ĭst)   
A dense growth of trees and underbrush covering a large area. Forests exist in all regions of the Earth except for regions of extreme cold or dryness.
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forest in the Bible

Heb. ya'ar, meaning a dense wood, from its luxuriance. Thus all the great primeval forests of Syria (Eccl. 2:6; Isa. 44:14; Jer. 5:6; Micah 5:8). The most extensive was the trans-Jordanic forest of Ephraim (2 Sam. 18:6, 8; Josh. 17:15, 18), which is probably the same as the wood of Ephratah (Ps. 132:6), some part of the great forest of Gilead. It was in this forest that Absalom was slain by Joab. David withdrew to the forest of Hareth in the mountains of Judah to avoid the fury of Saul (1 Sam. 22:5). We read also of the forest of Bethel (2 Kings 2:23, 24), and of that which the Israelites passed in their pursuit of the Philistines (1 Sam. 14:25), and of the forest of the cedars of Lebanon (1 Kings 4:33; 2 Kings 19:23; Hos. 14:5, 6). "The house of the forest of Lebanon (1 Kings 7:2; 10:17; 2 Chr. 9:16) was probably Solomon's armoury, and was so called because the wood of its many pillars came from Lebanon, and they had the appearance of a forest. (See BAALBEC.) Heb. horesh, denoting a thicket of trees, underwood, jungle, bushes, or trees entangled, and therefore affording a safe hiding-place. place. This word is rendered "forest" only in 2 Chr. 27:4. It is also rendered "wood", the "wood" in the "wilderness of Ziph," in which david concealed himself (1 Sam. 23:15), which lay south-east of Hebron. In Isa. 17:19 this word is in Authorized Version rendered incorrectly "bough." Heb. pardes, meaning an enclosed garden or plantation. Asaph is (Neh. 2:8) called the "keeper of the king's forest." The same Hebrew word is used Eccl. 2:5, where it is rendered in the plural "orchards" (R.V., "parks"), and Cant. 4: 13, rendered "orchard" (R.V. marg., "a paradise"). "The forest of the vintage" (Zech. 11:2, "inaccessible forest," or R.V. "strong forest") is probably a figurative allusion to Jerusalem, or the verse may simply point to the devastation of the region referred to. The forest is an image of unfruitfulness as contrasted with a cultivated field (Isa. 29:17; 32:15; Jer. 26:18; Hos. 2:12). Isaiah (10:19, 33, 34) likens the Assyrian host under Sennacherib (q.v.) to the trees of some huge forest, to be suddenly cut down by an unseen stroke.

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Idioms and Phrases with forest

fore

In addition to the idioms beginning with fore fore and aft also see: to the fore
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