Meaning of wood in English:


Pronunciation /wʊd/

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  • 1mass noun The hard fibrous material that forms the main substance of the trunk or branches of a tree or shrub, used for fuel or timber.

    ‘a block of wood’
    • ‘best quality woods were used for joinery’
    • ‘This will become the first housing scheme in the UK to be communally heated with piped hot water from a single boiler fuelled by waste wood from local timber.’
    • ‘You are much less likely to be arrested for destroying London trees if you buy planks of wood from a local timber merchant.’
    • ‘He said that in Jepara, the center of Central Java's furniture industry, the quality of teak wood was poor.’
    • ‘The white paint on the porch was peeling, long years of standing was wearing away at the timber wood planks on the floor, creaking with every step.’
    • ‘The Bay Island Drift Wood Museum displays wood sculptures collected and moulded by a schoolteacher over a period of 22 years.’
    • ‘The box resembles the gabled roof of old houses, and is highly ornamented with good quality moulded wood on rosewood.’
    • ‘The dark mahogany wood on the bed matched well with its surroundings.’
    • ‘The block made of teak wood has the design etched on it.’
    • ‘Recycled material was used for the soft furnishings, wood and timber for the flower boxes etc.’
    • ‘We're in one of those agreeably over-stuffed rooms in a London hotel - a sort of library-cum-smoking room, all polished wood and dark walls.’
    • ‘The bar - a pleasantly traditional country pub affair with plenty of dark, polished wood and some great beers on offer - was busy but by no means bursting.’
    • ‘Inside, a long corridor of dark polished wood resembles a top-class hotel and is rather intimidating.’
    • ‘Inside it is a confection of dark polished wood, shining brass and comfortable banquettes.’
    • ‘This room is painted a sunny yellow and the cottage style units are in polished dark wood.’
    • ‘The majority of the population, about 75%, still relies on the use of wood fuel as their main source of energy.’
    • ‘There is an ocean of dark wood throughout, especially teak, and ceilings, particularly that in the lobby, are designed to look like the interior of a ship.’
    • ‘The oil is injected into wood timbers or, if wood is unpainted, applied topically to soak in.’
    • ‘Although the timber could be used for wood fuel, it was not economic to remove it from the site at present.’
    • ‘The main entrance in the Georgian wing opens into a high, well-lit hallway with a timber floor and white-painted wood panelling.’
    • ‘It was heavy, made of dark wood and polished to a fine sheen.’
    timber, planks, planking
    firewood, kindling, logs
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    1. 1.1the woodWooden barrels used for storing alcoholic drinks.
      ‘wines from the wood’
      • ‘No, we never had any ale in the wood since I went.’
      • ‘Tannins in wine come predominantly from the grapes and to a much lesser extent, from the wood in which it was aged.’
      • ‘They shipped the new Beaujolais in cask and served it direct from the wood.’
    2. 1.2count noun A golf club with a wooden or other head that is relatively broad from face to back (often with a numeral indicating the degree to which the face is angled to loft the ball)
      in combination ‘he hit the ball with a three-wood’
      • ‘All lines feature woods with high lofts, thin grips and lightweight graphite shafts.’
      • ‘The precious cargo of two dozen gutta-perch balls, three woods, three irons and a putter arrived at the doorstep of John Reid's new home in Yonkers not a day too soon.’
      • ‘I am an enthusiastic if occasional golfer: I can hit the ball well with my woods, but have little control over my irons.’
      • ‘Our panel reviewed drivers, fairway woods, irons, wedges, putters, balls and hybrid clubs.’
      • ‘I took out a four wood, teed up a ball between the wooden slats of the platform and hit it cleanly over the hoardings and apartment building rooftops and into the baseball park.’
      • ‘‘With the new equipment, with the metal woods and the new balls, it's very hard to shape the shots,’ he explained.’
      • ‘I'm always fooling with new drivers, fairway woods and putters, but I don't switch very often.’
      • ‘Woods opts for a three wood instead of a driver and smashes the ball into the first cut of rough on the left.’
      • ‘If towering long irons and fairway woods are the goal, I'm afraid no ball will restore your ego.’
      • ‘If you hit your driver too low and slice it, you might be better off driving with a fairway wood or even a middle iron to get the ball in play.’
      • ‘Oversize heads, insert putters and no-hosel woods were around at the turn of the century.’
      • ‘You are better served carrying four or five woods, a putter and the rest irons.’
      • ‘Carry two putters, a fifth wood - whatever you feel comfortable with.’
      • ‘Fairway woods simply make it easier to hit the ball and get it in the air off the grass.’
      • ‘Stads turns his shoulders at least 90 degrees on every full swing, irons and woods.’
      • ‘On the range, use your driver or fairway wood and put the ball on a tee.’
      • ‘Although it is best known for its metal woods, it also produces irons, golf balls and Odyssey putters.’
      • ‘Most players are hitting long irons and fairway woods for the second shot to a green complex that faces north and has plenty of shade.’
      • ‘He holed out using a five wood for his second shot.’
      • ‘‘Sandy hit one shot with a metal wood into a left-to-right wind that only one or two other players in the world could hit,’ he enthuses.’
    3. 1.3Golf count noun A shot made with a wood.
      ‘he's hitting a wood for his second shot’
      • ‘He crushes a three wood with his second shot, which comes up 30 yards shy of the green.’
      • ‘Whereupon he wildly hit a wood shot into the creek and took a 7.’
      • ‘Chris Ferris's effort coming with a three wood second shot at the par four 4th hole.’
      • ‘Butfoy looks at tee shots, fairway woods, iron shots, playing from the rough, bunker play, chipping and putting.’
      • ‘On tight holes, hit a lofted wood off the tee instead of the driver, or even a middle iron.’
    4. 1.4
      another term for bowl (sense 1 of the noun)
  • 2

    (also woods)
    An area of land, smaller than a forest, that is covered with growing trees.

    ‘a thick hedge divided the wood from the field’
    • ‘a long walk in the woods’
    • ‘No forests, woods or scrub lands are burning out of control.’
    • ‘Trees grown in woods and forests do not suffer from this anywhere nearly as badly as lone trees that don't have any neighbours to shelter behind.’
    • ‘While U.S. campers backpack through woods and forest lands, Malaysian campers trek through the jungle.’
    • ‘Its habitat is generally upland meadows or woods in mountainous areas.’
    • ‘It is hidden away and surrounded by park land and woods, with views to the north over Dunbar to the Firth of Forth.’
    • ‘The course had awkward cambers on the woods and hillside areas with greasy mud and ice much in evidence.’
    • ‘In this way it keeps growing outward and the tree expands to form a small wood or even a forest under its massive canopy or umbrella.’
    • ‘One day as the young man and his wife went walking in the woods, he grew weary of the weight of his fiddle.’
    • ‘Much as I love walking through woods and forests, I prefer doing so in a cooler season.’
    • ‘To the back of the house is a wood, parkland and spinney.’
    • ‘Though much of the land was cleared of trees, nevertheless forests and woods remained a vital resource, particularly for fuel and building material.’
    • ‘It is an area dense with the thick woods and craggy terrain of a largely virgin Arctic rain forest.’
    • ‘He knows the names of the specimen trees and woods which cover just under half the estate.’
    • ‘Completely annoyed with his father and the fact he couldn't be with Alexis he jumped down and walked off into the woods bordering his land.’
    • ‘Cautiously, Ian left the cover of the woods and walked slowly across the small narrow beach along the lakeshore.’
    • ‘This species of tick is commonly found in fields, woods and grassy areas.’
    • ‘We'd spend ours playing in the field area near the woods and around the complex.’
    • ‘The south side of the village did not exist and was covered in woods according to early maps of the area.’
    • ‘Going over the map in his mind of this area of Alqish, he noted that the woods deepened into forest.’
    • ‘But ponderosas aren't the only trees in the western woods, and different forests require different solutions.’
    forest, woodland, trees
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    put the wood in the hole
    Northern English
    • Close the door.

      • ‘Can someone please put the wood in the hole!!! It's flippin' freezing’
    have the wood on
    Australian informal
    • Have an advantage over.

      • ‘other teams have the wood on us at scrum time’
      • ‘The game unfolds, and it looks as if Wellington have the wood on Canterbury.’
      • ‘After 14 games, they have the wood on the Swans, having beaten them by 33, 90, and most recently 49 points in their battles this year.’
      • ‘Stars have had the wood on Rovers so far this year.’
      • ‘In mind that in recent year's Tennant Creek has the wood on Alice Spings in the tussle for the prize.’
      • ‘Although the Americans have the wood on our male team, the situation is reversed with the female team.’
      • ‘His innings of 91 in Australia's second innings demonstrates how Australia still have the wood on England.’
      • ‘If you lose two in a row to a side they start to feel like they have the wood on you and they play with confidence every time they take the field against you.’
      • ‘"Australia have clearly had the wood on the All Blacks over the last four years," admitted the New Zealand coach.’
      • ‘The players found it very, very rewarding when they've come off and actually beaten someone that technically might have had the wood on them at some stage.’
      • ‘I'm afraid we might have the wood on you as far as reality-deprived legislators go.’
    get wood
    US vulgar slang
    • Have an erection.

    touch wood
    • Said after a confident or positive statement, to express a hope for one's good luck to continue.

      ‘I haven't been banned yet, touch wood’
      • ‘So far we have only had one trip to York District Hospital (fingers crossed, touch wood and spit for luck) after he ran head first into the fireplace and got a bruised lump roughly the size of a pickled egg on his noggin.’
      • ‘He would throw salt over his shoulder and knock on wood just for good luck, I didn't learn this until I lived with him.’
      • ‘I used direct deposit, it hasn't been a problem as of yet, knock on wood.’
      • ‘We haven't had a fatal accident in the village yet, touch wood, but we don't want to sit back and wait for that to happen.’
      • ‘This hasn't happened to me yet, touch wood, but you have only to approach a speed camera on a free-flowing road to realise that it must happen fairly often.’
      • ‘And so hopefully, you know, knock on wood, we'll get to do a second season, and that will be one for next year.’
      • ‘I did have to call a moratorium on all the email I'd accumulated but I think (fingers crossed, touch wood, any other superstitious luck gatherer you can think of) that I'm just about sorted.’
      • ‘On the other hand people still avoid walking under ladders and knock on wood and cross their fingers in order to guard there luck.’
      • ‘So at the moment, touch wood, we have not got reports of epidemics, but it would be foolish for us to assume that we're through the worst.’
      • ‘Although, knock on wood, I have never fallen victim to this affliction, I can think of few things scarier, and I very well may have a rush of fear like the one I'm experiencing right now this time every winter for the rest of my life.’
    out of the woods
    • usually with negative Out of danger or difficulty.

      ‘we are not out of the woods but we have been thrown a lifeline’
      • ‘Observers, however, do not doubt that the company is well down the recovery track - if not quite out of the woods.’
      • ‘Neither he nor his illustrious brother seem out of the woods yet.’
      • ‘Her doctor said, Yes, she's out of the woods, with a quickening and lightening of his voice.’
      • ‘Johnville will know as well as anyone that they are not out of the woods as yet, despite their gallant showing in Tramore last week.’
      • ‘But the club is not out of the woods yet - despite a deal being done to keep the Bantams playing at Valley Parade next season.’
      • ‘‘I would just say that we are not out of the woods on that yet either,’ he claimed.’
      • ‘But the polls show that McConnell is far from being out of the woods.’
      • ‘I think we're just about out of the woods on this whole New Year's thing.’
      • ‘So I have a feeling that it's not reasonable for us to expect that all of a sudden next week we're out of the woods.’
      • ‘Authorities are making sure that they emphasize the fact that they're not out of the woods.’
    knock on wood
    North American
    • Said after a confident or positive statement, to express a hope for one's good luck to continue.

      • ‘I have never, knock on wood, been typecast’


Old English wudu, from a Germanic word related to Welsh gwŷdd ‘trees’.