American English

Definition of wood noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the hard material that the trunk and branches of a tree are made of; this material when it is used to build or make things with, or as a fuel He chopped some wood for the fire. a plank of wood All the furniture was made of wood. a wood floor furniture made of a variety of different woods In the spring, cut out the old wood and shorten the young stems (= of bushes, etc.). see also deadwood, hardwood, softwood, wooden, woody
  2. 2[countable] (also woods [plural]) an area of trees, smaller than a forest a large wood a walk in the woods see also wooded
  3. 3[countable] a golf club with a large head, that was usually made of wood in the past compare iron
  4. Idioms
    knock on wood (saying)
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    used when you have just mentioned some way in which you have been lucky in the past, to avoid bringing bad luck
    neck of the woods (informal)
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    a particular place or area He's from your neck of the woods (= the area where you live). What are you doing in this neck of the woods?
    not out of the woods (informal)
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    not yet free from difficulties or problems We're not out of the woods yet, you know.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: wood