• WordNet 3.6
    • v forest establish a forest on previously unforested land "afforest the mountains"
    • n forest the trees and other plants in a large densely wooded area
    • n forest land that is covered with trees and shrubs
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Hut in forest Hut in forest
Peter in the forest Peter in the forest
Jamestown Island, Virginia. On this small island—half forest and half marsh—was planted the English colony of which Raleigh and Gilbert dreamed Jamestown Island, Virginia. On this small island—half forest and half marsh—was planted the English colony of which...
The princess and the wolves in the forest The princess and the wolves in the forest
A forest camp by the water A forest camp by the water
In the New Forest In the New Forest
The forest tent-caterpillar moth The forest tent-caterpillar moth

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the United States, about 33% of land is covered by forests
    • Forest (Eng. Law) A large extent or precinct of country, generally waste and woody, belonging to the sovereign, set apart for the keeping of game for his use, not inclosed, but distinguished by certain limits, and protected by certain laws, courts, and officers of its own.
    • Forest An extensive wood; a large tract of land covered with trees; in the United States, a wood of native growth, or a tract of woodland which has never been cultivated.
    • a Forest Of or pertaining to a forest; sylvan.
    • v. t Forest To cover with trees or wood.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: More than 25% of the world's forests are in Siberia.
    • n forest A tract of land covered with trees; a wood, usually one of considerable extent; a tract of woodland with or without inclosed intervals of open and uncultivated ground.
    • n forest In Great Britain, a designation still retained for some large tracts of land or districts formerly but not now covered with trees or constituting royal forests (see below), especially such as have some of the distinctive characteristics or uses of wild or broken woodland, as the Forest of Dean in England or some of the deer-forests of Scotland.
    • n forest In English law, and formerly also in Scots law, a territory of woody grounds and pastures privileged for wild beasts and fowls of chase and warren to rest and abide in, generally belonging to the sovereign, and set apart for his recreation, or granted by him to others, under special laws, and having officers specially appointed to look after it; a hunting-preserve maintained at public expense for royal or aristocratic use: specifically called a royal forest. Such forests were once very numerous, and often of great extent; but most of them have been disafforested, and those still kept up are now chiefly used as public pleasure grounds.
    • forest Pertaining or relating to forests; sylvan: as, forest law.
    • forest To cover with trees or wood; afforest.
    • n forest In phytogeography, specifically, a closed woodland, that is, one in which the crowns of the trees touch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ronald Reagan married his first wife, Jane Wyman, at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California.
    • n Forest for′est a large uncultivated tract of land covered with trees and underwood: woody ground and rude pasture: a preserve for large game, as a deer forest: a royal preserve for hunting, governed by a special code called the Forest Law
    • adj Forest pertaining to a forest: silvan: rustic
    • v.t Forest to cover with trees
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  • A. Whitney Brown
    A. Whitney Brown
    “I am as frustrated with society as a pyromaniac in a petrified forest.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “Genius unexerted is no more genius than a bushel of acorns is a forest of oaks.”
  • Fiona Macleod
    Fiona Macleod
    “A handful of pine-seed will cover mountains with the green majesty of forests. I too will set my face to the wind and throw my handful of seed on high.”
  • John Muir
    John Muir
    “The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Some men go through a forest and see no firewood.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The creation of a thousand forest in one acorn.”


Can't see the forest for its trees - If someone can't see the forest for its trees, they are too focused on specific details to see the picture as a whole.
Forest for the trees - (USA) If someone can't see the forest for the trees, they get so caught up in small details that they fail to understand the bigger picture.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. forest, F. forêt, LL. forestis, also, forestus, forestum, foresta, prop., open ground reserved for the chase, fr. L. foris, foras, out of doors, abroad. See Foreign


In literature:

A fortnight after the stranger disappeared, John Louder was wandering in the forest, his gun on his shoulder.
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick
They form no forests, but occur scattered in almost all our broad-leaved forests.
"Seasoning of Wood" by Joseph B. Wagner
Those possessing guns ran quietly in scattering groups toward the forest, leaving the women to guard the clearing and children.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
The forest was open amid a big stand of white pine and hemlock, and Stormont travelled easily and swiftly.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
A fourth kind, which grows in the forest regions, I have never seen on the coast.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
To the north, forest; to the south, forest; to the east, forest; and to the west, eternal and illimitable forest.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole
What other towering forest monarchs might we not come across if we plunged into the forest!
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
It follows that forests and parks, so different in spirit and purpose, must be handled wholly separately.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
The forest was everywhere under them, for it was of vast extent.
"Policeman Bluejay" by L. Frank Baum
Let us follow her into the forest.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

Streams and the forest
The great open sea,
These are true pictures
You painted for me.
"Rustling Wood." by R S Ward
When the glow is leaping
Redly hurled,
He sees roses sleeping,
Forest-roses in a windy world.
"The Woodsman In The Foundry" by Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall
To Artoys forest he repairs
With all the haste he may;
And soon he spies the savage youth
A rending of his prey.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
By forest, lake, and waterfall,
I see his pedler show;
The mighty mingling with the mean,
The lofty with the low.
"On Receiving An Eagle's Quill From Lake Superior" by John Greenleaf Whittier
If I should live in a forest
And sleep underneath a tree,
No grove of impudent saplings
Would make a home for me.
"Old Poets" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
This only I know of my country,
This only repeat :—
It was free as the forest, and sweeter
Than woodland retreat.
"Captivity" by Amy Levy

In news:

Leading a team of fellow foresters , the College Station-based forester became a fixture on the island, spending days, nights and weekends in the coastal community.
2009 Subaru Forester Two Foresters .
Old Forester , America's first bottled bourbon, recently launched the ""1870 Society,"" a customer loyalty program named after the year Old Forester was first produced.
Some people in Jackson are wondering how the upcoming retirement of a regional US Forest Service director could affect plans to sell Forest Service land in their town.
Kitzhaber wants the volunteer board to help chart a new direction for management of state-owned forests , including the Tillamook and Clatsop forests in the northwest part of the state.
Officials say that investigators suspect the Dec 1 wildfire that burned on private property as well as on National Forest System lands in the Jefferson National Forest was caused by human activity.
Forestry Division Chief Robert Boyles says the state wants to provide landowners with options to increase their benefits from woodlands and provide a framework to address forest loss, fragmentation and other threats to forest health.
Come learn from the landowner of this managed forest and the PA DCNR service forester for Pike and Monroe Counties on Saturday, 9am - 12pm, at the Schoonover Property, 725 Kayla Court.
Today, Friday, Oct 12, there was a ribbon-cutting event to designate a section of the campus near the Student Pavillion as an outdoor forest classroom or Educational Forest .
Funds come from revenue generated by forest product sales (timber and pine straw) and recreation/user fees on state forest lands.
USDA Forest Service Forest Legacy Program and by TNC through a grant from the Virginia Land Conservation Fund.
SEIAD VALLEY – After scorching 23,653 acres of Klamath National Forest land near Seiad Valley, the Goff Fire is now 100 percent contained, stated the US Forest Service's information website
Search and rescue crews found the man's body at the bottom of an approximately 100-foot cliff near Forest Road 10 and Forest Road 269.
In response to complaints from off-road enthusiasts and local officials, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest has opened an additional 100 miles of forest roads to off-highway vehicles.
MIDDLEBURY-Two foresters from the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation recently participated in an interstate effort to survey for the emerald ash borer in eastern New York.

In science:

At various redshifts, strong features in QSO spectra, such as the onset of the Ly α forest, move into and out of different photometric passbands.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
An element of S can be identified with an edge-ordered forest F ⊆ G, i.e., a forest together with a linear ordering of its edges.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
The number n of collapses is the number of edges in a spanning forest of G, i.e., the number of vertices of G minus the number of connected components.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
Note that an edge-ordered spanning forest determines a collapsing sequence (maximal flag), but this correspondence is not 1–1.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
If D is a forest, then the isomorphism class Z[ζk ]D is independent of the way the edges are directed.
Compactifications defined by arrangements I: the ball quotient case