• WordNet 3.6
    • n wood a golf club with a long shaft used to hit long shots; originally made with a wooden head "metal woods are now standard"
    • n wood any wind instrument other than the brass instruments
    • n wood the trees and other plants in a large densely wooded area
    • n Wood United States painter noted for works based on life in the Midwest (1892-1942)
    • n Wood English writer of novels about murders and thefts and forgeries (1814-1887)
    • n Wood English conductor (1869-1944)
    • n Wood United States film actress (1938-1981)
    • n wood the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The wood The wood
Hard wood Hard wood
Photo of a Wood Gatherer Photo of a Wood Gatherer

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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    • Wood A large and thick collection of trees; a forest or grove; -- frequently used in the plural. "Light thickens, and the crow
      Makes wing to the rooky wood ."
    • a Wood Mad; insane; possessed; rabid; furious; frantic. "Our hoste gan to swear as [if] he were wood ."
    • Wood (Bot) The fibrous material which makes up the greater part of the stems and branches of trees and shrubby plants, and is found to a less extent in herbaceous stems. It consists of elongated tubular or needle-shaped cells of various kinds, usually interwoven with the shinning bands called silver grain.
    • Wood The substance of trees and the like; the hard fibrous substance which composes the body of a tree and its branches, and which is covered by the bark; timber. "To worship their own work in wood and stone for gods."
    • v. i Wood To grow mad; to act like a madman; to mad.
    • v. t Wood To supply with wood, or get supplies of wood for; as, to wood a steamboat or a locomotive.
    • v. i Wood To take or get a supply of wood.
    • Wood Trees cut or sawed for the fire or other uses.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Another name for licorice is "Sweet Wood" or "Spanish Juice."
    • n wood In horticulture, any twig or tissue of a plant, whether hard or soft, that is considered in the making of cuttings or some-times, in the ease of garden plants, in the operation of pruning. See hard wood, soft wood.
    • n wood The name used in the lumber trade for the timber of deciduous-leaved trees as distinguished from evergreen or coniferous trees, though some, poplar, for instance, are as soft as white pine, while yew and some varieties of yellow pine rank high in hardness, when compared with hard woods. In Tasmania the name is usually confined to the timber of the eucalypts, while in Queensland it is especially applied to a myrtaceous tree, Backhousia Bancroftii.
    • wood To make a noise by scuffling with the feet or by hand-clapping, as students in approval or disapproval of a professor.
    • n wood A large and thick collection of growing trees; a forest: often in the plural, with the same force as the singular.
    • n wood The substance of trees; the hard fibrous substance which composes the body of a tree and its branches, and which lies between the pith and the bark. In dicotyledonous plants the wood is composed externally of the alburnum or sap-wood, and internally of the duramen or hard wood. In monocotyledonous plants, or endogens, the hardest part of the wood is nearest the circumference, while the interior is com posed of cellular tissue.
    • n wood Timber; the trunks or main stems of trees which attain such dimensions as to be fit for architectural and other purposes. In this sense the word implies not only standing trees suitable for buildings, etc., but also such trees cut into beams, rafters, boards, planks, etc. See timber.
    • n wood Firewood; cordwood.
    • n wood The cask, keg, or barrel, as distinguished from the bottle: as, wine drawn from the wood.
    • n wood The grain of wood.
    • n wood In heraldry, three or four trees grouped together, usually represented as rooted in a mound, which is vert, unless otherwise blazoned. Also called hurst.
    • n wood In printing, a wood-block, or wood blocks collectively, as distinguished from a me tallic type or plate of any kind: as, cuts printed from the wood.
    • n wood In music, the wooden wind-instruments of an orchestra taken collectively. See wind, n., 5, wind-instrument, and instrument, 3 . Also called wood wind.
    • n wood Fig uratively, a crowd, mass, or collection.
    • n wood See fossil cork, under fossil.
    • n wood In South Africa, an evergreen shrub, or a tree 20 or 30 feet, high, Psychotria Capensis (Grumilea cymosa), having a hard, tough wood, variously useful.
    • wood To sup ply or replenish with wood; get supplies of wood for: as, to wood a steamboat or a loco motive.
    • wood To take in or get supplies of wood.
    • wood Mad; frantic; furious; angry; enraged; raging.
    • wood To act like a mad man; rave.
    • wood To be fierce or furious; rage.
    • n wood An old spelling of
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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    • n Wood wood the solid part of trees: trees cut or sawed: timber: a collection of growing trees: the cask or barrel, as distinguished from the bottle:
    • v.t Wood to supply with wood
    • adj Wood wood (Shak.) mad, furious
    • n Wood wood (print.) a woodblock
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  • Francis Bacon
    “Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.”
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    “Never celebrate until you are really out of the woods. They might be behind the last tree.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Wood burns because it has the proper stuff in it; and a man becomes famous because he has the proper stuff in him.”
  • Immanuel Kant
    “From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned.”
  • Robert Frost
    “The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.”
  • Fo-Yan
    “If you seek, how is that different from pursuing sound and form? If you don't seek, how are you different from earth, wood, or stone? You must seek without seeking.”


Babe in the woods - A babe in the woods is a naive, defenceless, young person.
Knock on wood - This idiom is used to wish for good luck. ('Touch wood' is also used.)
Neck of the woods - If someone talks about their neck of the woods, they mean the area where they live.
Out of the woods - If you are out of the woods, you have emerged safely from a dangerous situation, though the idiom is often used in the negative.
Touch wood - This idiom is used to wish for good luck. ('Knock on wood' is also used.)
Wood for the trees - (UK) If someone can't see the wood for the trees, they get so caught up in small details that they fail to understand the bigger picture.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wod, AS. wōd,; akin to OHG. wuot, Icel. ōðr, Goth. wōds, D. woede, madness, G. wuth, wut, also to AS. wōð, song, Icel. ōðr, L. vates, a seer, a poet. Cf. Wednesday
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wudu; cog. with Ice. vidhr, wood; akin to Ir. fiodh, timber.


In literature:

Dey fed theirselves by stealin' and gettin' things in de woods.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
Beyond was a strip of woods, and on the other side of the woods but already visible through the bushes, lay the long town.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The caution bred by the necessity of the woods became a habit.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
So the two girls struggled bravely on through the thick woods, though it was difficult to walk abreast in the narrow path.
"The Automobile Girls in the Berkshires" by Laura Dent Crane
A young human three feet high, bare and frowsy of head, stood alone in the woods.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
The plant usually occurs in woods or along the borders of woods.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
There was no suggestion of war in the warm sunshine and busy woods-life.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
She wore men's clothes and she went into the woods on a run.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
If you want your supper, you can go out to that wood-shed and split wood for one hour.
"The Associate Hermits" by Frank R. Stockton
Wood is, I dare say, not so good a conductor as metal, and it is for that reason, no doubt, that silver teapots have always wooden handles.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet

In poetry:

Galahad was in the night,
And the wood was drear;
But to men in darksome plight
Radiant things appear:
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald
Sleep-entranced lay wood and dale,
Empty now each by-way;
No one but the moonlight pale
Roamed upon the highway.
"The Postilion" by Nikolaus Lenau
Sir here is woode, with fire, and knyfe redy:
But as for sheepe or lambe I see none here.
For you to offer.
"A Tragedie of Abrahams Sacrifice" by Arthur Golding
Not a bird disturbs the air!
There is quiet everywhere;
Over plains and over woods
What a mighty stillness broods.
"A Midsummer Noon in the Australian Forest" by Charles Harpur
But music sweeter far than aught
In wood or vale around,
Was the loud crackling of the deer,
Or baying of his hound.
"The Huntsman And His Hound" by Thomas Frederick Young
"Truly," said Robin without fear,
Smiling there as he stood,
"Never was slain so fat a deer
In good old Gamelyn wood."
"Robin Hood's Flight" by James Henry Leigh Hunt

In news:

Springtime represents wood energy, the color green, and is about vibrant energy.
FORT LEONARD WOOD — The Boone County Fire Protection District sent a search-and-rescue team to Fort Leonard Wood on Friday afternoon to help victims of a tornado that swept through the Army base early in the day.
The Wood family David Wood.
Wood/engineered wood products: Goodfellow, Inc.
Wood working artists from around the county are hoping that interest in fine craftsmanship will have people "Turning Out" for the Tomé Art Gallery's second annual wood show and sale.
Chris Carlson/Associated Press Tiger Woods and his wife, Elin Nordegren, after Woods won the US Open in 2008.
Wood-fired ceramics and "West Coast Wood Fire".
In case you missed The Better Half Of The Bills, check out our chat with Leslie Wood, wife of Bills Center Eric Wood.
Advocates for protecting the 14-acre Stadium Woods on Virginia Tech 's campus have won the battle to keep an indoor football practice facility from being built in the woods .
Shop profiles, business tips, features on new woodworking machinery and tools, wood sales and markets, wood finishing, CNC and developing technology for woodworkers .
An associate professor and the head of the wood department at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, Karl Burkheimer creates wood sculptures that recall half-finished shop projects.
She was the daughter of the late William Roosevelt Woods and Jannie Reaves Woods.
Those with a little extra wood this year due to last year's mild winter might consider donating some extra wood.
Hailey, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Four years after the Wood River Wolf Project got started, it's finally expanded to help more people, livestock, and wolves in the Wood River Valley.
Wood County Commissioners Jim Carter, Tim Brown, and Joel Kuhlman have appointed Irma Wolf to the Wood County Historical Society Board.

In science:

Estivill-Castro and Derick Wood conducted a series of work on adaptive sorting.
Random Shuffling to Reduce Disorder in Adaptive Sorting Scheme
Wood, Application of Monte Carlo method to the lattice gas model. I.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
Wood, Harmonic morphisms, Seifert fibre spaces and conformal foliations, Proc.
Harmonic morphisms with one-dimensional fibres on Einstein manifolds
Wood, Harmonic morphisms between almost Hermitian manifolds, Bol l.
Harmonic morphisms with one-dimensional fibres on Einstein manifolds
Wood, New results on harmonic morphisms with one-dimensional fibres, Bul l.
Harmonic morphisms with one-dimensional fibres on Einstein manifolds