Dead-wood

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Dead-wood pieces of timber laid on the upper side of the keel at either end, useless material
    • ***

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. deád; Goth. dauths, Ger. todt, from root of die.

Usage

In literature:

In 1855 information was sought to be procured as to the expediency of removing the dead wood from growing oak-trees.
"The Forest of Dean An Historical and Descriptive Account" by H. G. Nicholls
Parents and husbands are deceived by changelings: they are made to believe that images of dead wood are living creatures, or human corpses.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
I have my woods full of dead ones.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Eleventh Annual Meeting" by Various
Dead wood lay all about.
"The Eyes of the Woods" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Along the shore and in the wood back of the house we found all of his men, dead.
"Viking Tales" by Jennie Hall
I wandered in the woods in communion with the spirit of the dead, until the returning stage arrived.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851" by Various
Those dead woods tell o' thar last doin's about hyar.
"The Land of Fire" by Mayne Reid
And dead wood does not last like live trees, either.
"Polly and Eleanor" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
The woods were carpeted with dead leaves on which the sun lay golden.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
Once I left him for dead in the Great Woods, but he seemed to have a charmed life and escaped.
"The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers" by Claude A. Labelle
The Bear came up and smelled at him, and taking him for dead, went off again into the wood.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
Becky is as rough as sandpaper, and she'll clear out a lot of dead wood.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
Dead wood was lying everywhere and it burned rapidly.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
It is like a piece of dead wood in a tree, and is better lopped off.
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
On the left side is the wood-wren, with a nest just like a handful of hay flung down among some dead leaves.
"The Children's Book of London" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
Two vanished in the wood, while the others began hastily gathering dead limbs and decayed leaves.
"Camp-fire and Wigwam" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
Did you notice any dead limbs on those in the woods?
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
There was an abundance of dead wood close by, if she could only start the first spark of fire.
"Peak's Island" by Ford Paul
His brothers, who had quite believed he was dead, yielded him up his treasures at once, and flew into the woods in terror.
"The Yellow Fairy Book" by Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
There are funeral pyres of wood where the relatives are carrying out the last offices for the dead.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
***

In poetry:

And now, with all thy woods in leaf,
Thy fields in flower, beside thy dead
Thou sittest, in thy robes of grief,
A Rachel yet uncomforted!
"Sumner" by John Greenleaf Whittier
O'er leafless woods and cornless farms,
Dead rivers, fireless thorps,
I brood, the heart still throbbing warm
In Nature's wintered corpse.
"Songs of the Winter Nights" by George MacDonald
Only your love and your remembrance could
Give life to this dead wood,
And make these branches, leafless now so long,
Blossom again in song.
"Ultima Thule: From My Arm-Chair" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The broad Ohio wavers 'neath the stars,
And many murmurs whisper 'mid the woods--
Tumultuous mournings of dead warriors
For their lost solitudes.
"Along The Ohio" by Madison Julius Cawein
When the earth was sick and the skies were grey,
And the woods were rotted with rain,
The Dead Man rode through the autumn day
To visit his love again.
"The Other Man" by Rudyard Kipling
It may be that with maddening yells
These wood-clad shores and isles have rung,
And chiefs whose name no legend tells,
Dead in thy rocky depths were flung.
"Le Lac Des Morts" by George Jehoshaphat Mountain

In news:

Dead wood, reborn: Beetle kill's new life.
Timber companies and government officials are looking for ways to use the vast amounts of dead wood the beetle infestations are creating.
WorkSafeBC has not directly linked the deadly explosions with wood dust, but after the explosion at Lakeland Mills ordered all sawmills in B.C.
Termites in the genus Nasutitermes feed on dry dead wood.
An elderly man was found dead in a wooded area near his Tornado home, dispatchers said.
Wood that looks clean and healthy can still have tiny insect eggs, or microscopic fungi spores, that will start a new and deadly infestation.
Cardboard boxes stored too close to wood stove caused deadly Orrington fire.
Cardboard boxes stored too close to wood stove caused deadly Orrington fire.
Andrew Wood sought more security before deadly attack in Libya.
Dead body in woods was Rockaway Township 20-year-old.
A man was found dead early June 8 after a fire at the Wintergreen Woods apartments on McCarrey street in East Anchorage, according to the Anchorage Fire Department.
Christopher Lane Wood Hodge is charged with assault with deadly weapon.
The autopsy results are in for a hunter who was found dead in the woods over the weekend.
Fremont police say toxicology results show a teenager who went missing and was later found dead in some woods died of an insulin overdose.
Police identified the woman who was found dead on Sunday in a wooded area in Laurel .
***

In science:

Wildland fuel is composed of live and dead plant material consisting primarily of leaf litter, twigs, bark, wood, grasses, and shrubs. (Beall and Eickner, 1970), with a considerable range of physical structures, chemical components, age and level of biological decomposition.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present, 1: Physical and quasi-physical models
Failing that, one possibility is to carry some dynamical “dead wood” in the model by also resolving modes, maybe unphysical modes, which are exponentially decaying.
Low-Dimensional Modelling of Dynamical Systems
Modes away from the critical annulus are irrelevant as they decay rapidly, they are the “dead wood.” The correct interaction among the critical modes is obtained through the correct determination of the nonlocal nonlinearity in the convolution.
Low-Dimensional Modelling of Dynamical Systems
***