Definition of wood noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//wʊd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wʊd//
    Materials and properties, Golf
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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 dead wood, hardwood, softwood, wooden, woody See related entries: Materials and properties
  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 heavy wooden ball used in the game of bowls
  4. 4[countable] a golf club with a large head, that was usually made of wood in the past compare iron See related entries: Golf
  5. Word OriginOld English wudu, from a Germanic word related to Welsh gwŷdd ‘trees’.Extra examples He wandered through the beech wood. I made a coffee table out of a few bits of wood. Over the years, much of the wood in the house had rotted. Pine is a soft wood. She pruned the dead wood from the tree. She stained the wood green. She wandered through the woods. The cabinet is made of cherry wood. The chapel has some interesting works in wood and marble. The direction of the wood grain influences the composition of the carving. The house had dark wood floors. The pub had dark wood panelling. The wood was too green to burn. There were neat piles of kindling wood against the wall. Traditionally wood was seasoned in the open air. We came to a clearing in the woods. We carve the moulds in wood. We gathered wood for the fire. When using a plane, be sure to follow the grain of the wood. a cabin deep in the woods of Maine a wardrobe in a mahogany wood finish paper made from wood pulp the largest ancient wood in Scotland the sound of splintering wood varnish that retains the natural wood look We descended through an oak wood to the village below.Idioms
    knock on wood (North American English, saying) (British English touch wood)
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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
    (informal) 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? (informal) not yet free from difficulties or problems We’re not out of the woods yet, you know.
    not see the wood for the trees (British English) (North American English not see the forest for the trees)
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    to not see or understand the main point about something, because you are paying too much attention to small details
    touch wood (British English) (North American English knock on wood)
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    (saying) used when you have just mentioned some way in which you have been lucky in the past, to avoid bringing bad luck I've been driving for over 20 years and never had an accident—touch wood!
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