• One of the Wooden Panels Of Hosi, in The GÎzeh Museum
    One of the Wooden Panels Of Hosi, in The GÎzeh Museum
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj wooden lacking ease or grace "the actor's performance was wooden","a wooden smile"
    • adj wooden made or consisting of (entirely or in part) or employing wood "a wooden box","an ancient cart with wooden wheels"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Tongham Church, with Wooden Tower for Bells Tongham Church, with Wooden Tower for Bells
Adjustable Chisel-Gage.  Wooden Bench-Plane Adjustable Chisel-Gage. Wooden Bench-Plane
Showing wooden ceiling and decorated walls Showing wooden ceiling and decorated walls
Showing large central arch and wooden ceiling; windows set into smaller arches Showing large central arch and wooden ceiling; windows set into smaller arches
Wooden arch Wooden arch
Rding a wooden horse Rding a wooden horse
Wooden Bedstead Wooden Bedstead
Wooden Walls of Old England Wooden Walls of Old England

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Larger Stingrays have the power to drive their stingers or tail-spines through the hulls of wooden boats
    • Wooden Clumsy; awkward; ungainly; stiff; spiritless. "When a bold man is out of countenance, he makes a very wooden figure on it.""His singing was, I confess, a little wooden ."
    • Wooden Made or consisting of wood; pertaining to, or resembling, wood; as, a wooden box; a wooden leg; a wooden wedding.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Shoe salesmen have been using those little wooden measuring sticks since 1657.
    • wooden Made of wood; consisting of wood.
    • wooden Stiff; ungainly; clumsy; awkward; spirit less; expressionless: as, a wooden stare.
    • wooden Dull; stupid, as if with no more sensation than wood.
    • wooden Of the woods; sylvan.
    • wooden An instrument of military punishment consisting of a beam or timber, sometimes set with sharp points, upon which the culprit was compelled to sit astride, having in some instances weights tied to his feet.
    • wooden See spoon.
    • wooden =Syn.1. See leaden.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tea was so expensive when it was first brought to Europe in the early 17th century that it was kept in locked wooden boxes.
    • Wooden made of wood: hard: dull, insensible: heavy, stupid: clumsy, without grace or spirit—of literary style, &c
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Noah was a brave man to sail in a wooden boat with two termites.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Intelligence and courtesy not always are combined; Often in a wooden house a golden room we find.”
  • Russian Proverb
    Russian Proverb
    “A wooden bed is better than a golden coffin.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The ship of heaven guides itself and will not accept a wooden rudder.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “A man's style is his mind's voice. Wooden minds, wooden voices.”


Don't take any wooden nickels - (USA) This idiom is used to advise people not to be cheated or ripped off.
Dry as a wooden god - (AU) Very dry area or very thirsty: That desert is as dry as a wooden god.
Up the wooden hill - When you go up the wooden hill, you go up the stairs to bed.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wudu; cog. with Ice. vidhr, wood; akin to Ir. fiodh, timber.


In literature:

They are so broad as to render it necessary to throw little wooden bridges over them at the street-crossings.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
Hence we betook ourselves to the skin tents of the Samoyeds which stood apart from the wooden huts inhabited by the Russians.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
Can it be that Tancred lived within it, perhaps in a wooden house, defended by a palisade and by such a ditch?
"Sketches of Travel in Normandy and Maine" by Edward A. Freeman
Bobby found a mallet and ball in the long wooden case, and joined the game.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
Inside the huts we found wooden bunks in two tiers round three sides and also a wooden table and forms in the middle.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
This wooden ark, carved like a totem, was the most sacred of all objects to the Wyandots.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
About 3 ft. length of any straight metal or wooden tubing, 0.75 in.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
He might as well have been addressing a wooden woman.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
My father had made the dearest little wooden work-box for my mother.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
The stern lessons of the great war had taught shipbuilders that wooden ships were a thing of the past.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot

In poetry:

So we shuddered there in silence,
For the stoutest berth was shook,
While the wooden gates were opened
And the mate talked with the cook.
"Ballad of the Canal" by Phoebe Cary
I cannot see the mountains for the fences,
Although the hills aspire unto the sky,
And this near length of wooden palings rises
Not taller, much, than any man is high.
"Fences" by Jewell Miller
And should the cannon's roar and broadside's rattle
Call Britain's bulwarks to defend her shore,
They will bear themselves right bravely in the battle
Tho' wooden walls no more!
"Then And Now" by Cicely Fox Smith
Cruel, haughty, and cold,
He ever was strong and bold—
Shall he shrink from a wooden stem?
He will think of that brave band
He sank in the Cumberland—
Ay, he will sink like them.
"The Bay-Fight" by Henry Howard Brownell
Good-bye to the cradle, the dear wooden cradle,
It lent to the twilight a strange, subtle charm;
When bees left the clover, when play-time was over,
How safe seemed this shelter from danger or harm.
"The Old Wooden Cradle" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Dark in the shadow
Fathomless eyes met mine with thought unspoken,
Wistful, yet deep within them laughter lingered.
With sunburnt hands a wooden flute he fingered
Under the thorn-tree, where the lights are broken.
"The Vagrant" by Mary Webb

In news:

"Helicopter," Wooden Indian Burial Ground .
Music I hope that in listening to this new track from garage-psych quartet Wooden Indian Burial Ground you have the same reaction I did.
Most were exquisitely hand-carved wooden "travel" cups.
Poke top of warm cake every 1/2 inch with handle of wooden spoon.
Firefighters responded to the 89th floor of One World Trade Center to help construction workers put out a small fire in some wooden decking.
The owners of a retired Florida roller coaster touted as the state's tallest wooden coaster said they want a non-profit to take the ride or sell it for parts.
The bread is baked fresh daily and is served on a long wooden tablet.
Democrat Shawn Wooden Elected Council President.
This wooden nativity is part of the "Museum Manger " display at the Plymouth County Historical Museum through Jan 8.
The wooden trawler has been in the Pennisi family for more than 50 years.
Bubblehead Bob is joining the Wooden Shoe Brewing Co. Bubblehead Bob, in case you didn't know, is the mascot of the Minster Oktoberfest in western Ohio.
Anthony Gallo Ships Wooden Nucleus Classico Speakers.
Finally, a part-time maker of wooden propellers –one of the few in the world and coincidentally already on the Lockheed payroll–carved a four-bladed propeller .
Iron Rattler wooden coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
Note the first drop will go all the way to the quarry floor, like it did the first two years of the wooden Rattler .

In science:

Blocks for holding mirrors and the web camera. A wooden board for arrangement of the apparatus.
Stereography using a single lens
Bohr argued that the existence of such narrow resonances could not be understood without assuming strong interactions between the incident neutron and the nucleons in the target. A wooden toy model (shown in Fig. 4) was to demonstrate this idea of the compound nucleus.
Random Matrices and Chaos in Nuclear Spectra
Bohr, who conceived the idea of the compound nucleus and who designed the wooden model of Fig. 4, is borne out by the data: Idealized models of billiards are prime examples of chaotic motion, and nuclear levels at neutron threshold display chaotic behavior.
Random Matrices and Chaos in Nuclear Spectra
FIG. 2 Bohr’s wooden toy model of the compound nucleus.
Random Matrices and Chaos in Nuclear Physics
The X-ray generator is enclosed in a lead casing on the right hand side of the room (wooden boards) and the Laue lens assembly station is in the plexiglass enclosure on the left hand side of the room.
Developing a second generation Laue lens prototype: high reflectivity crystals and accurate assembly