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1 [wood]
the hard, fibrous substance composing most of the stem and branches of a tree or shrub, and lying beneath the bark; the xylem.
the trunks or main stems of trees as suitable for architectural and other purposes; timber or lumber.
the cask, barrel, or keg, as distinguished from the bottle: aged in the wood.
woodblock ( def 1 ).
a woodwind instrument.
the section of a band or orchestra composed of woodwinds.
Often, woods. (used with a singular or plural verb) a large and thick collection of growing trees; a grove or forest: They picnicked in the woods.
Golf. a club with a wooden head, as a driver, brassie, spoon, or baffy for hitting long shots. Compare iron ( def 5 ).
made of wood; wooden.
used to store, work, or carry wood: a wood chisel.
dwelling or growing in woods: wood bird.
verb (used with object)
to cover or plant with trees.
to supply with wood; get supplies of wood for.
verb (used without object)
to take in or get supplies of wood (often followed by up ): to wood up before the approach of winter.
have the wood on, Australian Slang. to have an advantage over or have information that can be used against.
knock on wood, (used when knocking on something wooden to assure continued good luck): The car's still in good shape, knock on wood. Also, especially British, touch wood.
out of the woods,
out of a dangerous, perplexing, or difficult situation; secure; safe.
no longer in precarious health or critical condition; out of danger and recovering.

before 900; Middle English; Old English wudu, earlier widu; cognate with Old Norse vithr, Old High German witu, Old Irish fid

woodless, adjective

7. See forest. Unabridged
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wood1 (wʊd)
1.  the hard fibrous substance consisting of xylem tissue that occurs beneath the bark in trees, shrubs, and similar plantsRelated: ligneous, xyloid
2.  the trunks of trees that have been cut and prepared for use as a building material
3.  a collection of trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses, etc, usually dominated by one or a few species of tree: usually smaller than a forest: an oak wood Related: sylvan
4.  fuel; firewood
5.  golf
 a.  a long-shafted club with a broad wooden or metal head, used for driving: numbered from 1 to 7 according to size, angle of face, etc
 b.  (as modifier): a wood shot
6.  tennis, squash, badminton the frame of a racket: he hit a winning shot off the wood
7.  one of the biased wooden bowls used in the game of bowls
8.  music short for woodwind See also woods
9.  a.  casks, barrels, etc, made of wood
 b.  from the wood (of a beverage) from a wooden container rather than a metal or glass one
10.  informal (Austral), (NZ) have the wood on, have got the wood on to have an advantage over
11.  out of the wood, out of the woods clear of or safe from dangers or doubts: we're not out of the wood yet
12.  (used with a negative) see the wood for the trees to obtain a general view of a situation, problem, etc, without allowing details to cloud one's analysis: he can't see the wood for the trees
13.  (modifier) made of, used for, employing, or handling wood: a wood fire
14.  (modifier) dwelling in, concerning, or situated in a wood: a wood nymph
15.  (tr) to plant a wood upon
16.  to supply or be supplied with fuel or firewood
Related: ligneous, xyloid, sylvan
[Old English widu, wudu; related to Old High German witu, Old Norse vithr]

wood2 (wʊd)
obsolete raging or raving like a maniac
[Old English wōd; related to Old High German wuot (German Wut), Old Norse ōthr, Gothic wōths, Latin vātēs seer]

Wood (wʊd)
1.  Mrs Henry, married name of Ellen Price. 1814--87, British novelist, noted esp for the melodramatic novel East Lynne (1861)
2.  Sir Henry (Joseph). 1869--1944, English conductor, who founded the Promenade Concerts in London
3.  John, known as the Elder. 1707--54, British architect and town planner, working mainly in Bath, where he designed the North and South Parades (1728) and the Circus (1754)
4.  his son, John, known as the Younger. 1727--82, British architect: designed the Royal Crescent (1767--71) and the Assembly Rooms (1769--71), Bath
5.  Ralph. 1715--72, British potter, working in Staffordshire, who made the first toby jug (1762)

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Word Origin & History

O.E. wudu, earlier widu "tree, trees collectively, the substance of which trees are made," from P.Gmc. *widuz (cf. O.N. viðr, Dan., Swed. ved "tree, wood," O.H.G. witu "wood"), perhaps from PIE *widhu- "tree, wood" (cf. Welsh gwydd "trees," Gael. fiodh- "wood, timber," O.Ir. fid "tree, wood"). Wooden
in the fig. sense of "expressionless and dull" is from 1566. Woodcut first recorded 1662; woodlouse is from 1611, so called from being found in old wood. Woodsy is from 1860; woodwind is first recorded 1876. Woodshed is attested from 1844. Woodwork "article made of wood" is first recorded 1650. Out of the woods "safe" is from 1792.

"violently insane" (now obsolete), from O.E. wod "mad, frenzied," from P.Gmc. *woth- (cf. Goth. woþs "possessed, mad," O.H.G. wuot "mad, madness," Ger. wut "rage, fury"), from PIE *wet- "to blow, inspire, spiritually arouse;" source of L. vates "seer, poet," O.Ir. faith "poet;" "with a common
element of mental excitement" [Buck]. Cf. O.E. woþ "sound, melody, song," and O.N. oðr "poetry," and the god-name Odin.
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wood   (wd)  Pronunciation Key 
The thick xylem of trees and shrubs, resulting from secondary growth by the vascular cambium, which produces new layers of living xylem. The accumulated living xylem is the sapwood. The older, dead xylem in the interior of the tree forms the heartwood. Often each cycle of growth of new wood is evident as a growth ring. The main components of wood are cellulose and lignin.

woody adjective
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