wood: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (wood), [key]
— n.
  1. the hard, fibrous substance composing most of the stem and branches of a tree or shrub, and lying beneath the bark; the xylem.
  2. the trunks or main stems of trees as suitable for architectural and other purposes; timber or lumber.
  3. firewood.
  4. the cask, barrel, or keg, as distinguished from the bottle: aged in the wood.
  5. See(def. 1).
    1. a woodwind instrument.
    2. the section of a band or orchestra composed of woodwinds.
  6. Often, a large and thick collection of growing trees; a grove or forest: They picnicked in the woods.
  7. a club with a wooden head, as a driver, brassie, spoon, or baffy for hitting long shots. Cf.(def. 5).
  8. to have an advantage over or have information that can be used against.
    1. out of a dangerous, perplexing, or difficult situation; secure; safe.
    2. no longer in precarious health or critical condition; out of danger and recovering.
  1. made of wood; wooden.
  2. used to store, work, or carry wood: a wood chisel.
  3. dwelling or growing in woods: wood bird.
  1. to cover or plant with trees.
  2. to supply with wood; get supplies of wood for.
  1. to take in or get supplies of wood (often fol. by up): to wood up before the approach of winter.


Pronunciation: (wood), [key]
— adj. Archaic.
  1. wild, as with rage or excitement.
  2. mad; insane.


Pronunciation: (wood), [key]
— n.
  1. 1892–1942, U.S. painter.
  2. 1860–1927, U.S. military doctor and political administrator.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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