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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    get wood
    US vulgar slang
    • Have an erection.

    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.’
    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’


      With reference to the custom of touching something wooden to ward off bad luck.

    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.’
    put the wood in the hole
    Northern English
    • Close the door.

      • ‘Can someone please put the wood in the hole!!! It's flippin' freezing’
    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.’


      With reference to the custom of touching something wooden to ward off bad luck.


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