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  • 1A branch or part of a tree that is dead.

    ‘Like fingerings for the double flute after a long absence, the old skills came back with surprising speed: the uses of deadwood and tree bark, the knack of setting a rabbit snare, where to look for strawberries.’
    • ‘One scout stayed in the boat and myself and the other one cleared branches, bushes and deadwood to get him through and down to the boat.’
    • ‘His feet slipped over fallen deadwood and sapless branches that snapped like gunshots as he ran amongst them.’
    • ‘Young men with axes and pack animals travel for hours to cut standing trees, but they also prefer deadwood because it is easier to transport and does not need time to dry.’
    • ‘Studies of coastal temperate rainforests have found at least 80 species that depend directly on deadwood for their survival.’
    • ‘‘There is a lot of deadwood and fuel for fire,’ Wofsy explains.’
    • ‘Forested wetlands, said by PCS to have been ‘restored,’ were shadeless tangles of parched deadwood.’
    • ‘In a minute, he'd found a large piece of deadwood.’
    • ‘He expecting to face his enemy, but instead, the man found himself facing a huge piece of deadwood neatly sliced in half right across its meter thick trunk.’
    • ‘For the last decade, Harper has disked in shreddings and aged manure each spring and burned only deadwood at her farm.’
    • ‘You can pile your chainsaw, gas and tools in the trailer and drive right to the deadwood that needs cutting.’
    • ‘Parish councillors had already decided the lime tree would have to go after two separate professional surveys concluded that it posed a significant risk, with its trunk essentially hollow and large areas of deadwood within its crown.’
    • ‘Katrin built a fire from deadwood, it being illegal to cut living vegetation, while I trawled for bass.’
    1. 1.1People or things that are no longer useful or productive.
      ‘a lot of the company's deadwood was removed by voluntary redundancy’
      • ‘Andrew Runciman confided: ‘There's a lot of dead wood in the public sector that needs sorting out.’’
      • ‘Mostly this process will clear away a lot of dead wood, discrediting a crowd of mediocre directors and actors that no one will care about in two years' time.’
      • ‘The Legislature wanted the committee to remove dead wood provisions from the Maryland Constitution.’
      • ‘Despite the fact that they have a lot of dead wood, like me (and yes, there are countless others), the company has managed to do very well throughout this recent recession.’
      • ‘The only acceptable, pragmatic stance here is to seek to transform religion: to draw out its source code, remove its dead wood, and reconstruct it without its legalism.’
      • ‘Or, for once just once the Liberal Party could act like a professional machine and toss out dead wood.’
      • ‘By throwing out the careerists and dead wood they can begin the job of turning the union into an organisation that's strong enough to defend the interests of all its members against those of the employer.’
      • ‘They will also seek to get rid of dead wood in our State Parliament.’
      • ‘Even in Derry I had to get rid of some dead wood and bring in new lads.’
      • ‘The intelligentsia's passion was for the avant-garde - the green and growing extremities of culture rather than the dead wood of tradition.’
      • ‘Time to cut the dead wood and restore the pride to this great school.’
      • ‘We'll never beat Australia carrying dead wood and those two players are dead wood - but I wouldn't drop them.’
      • ‘I believe this system could work and that it could help rid the Premiership of its dead wood.’
      • ‘Frankly, it's amazing that the Yankees accomplished all that they did last season with so much offensive deadwood.’
      • ‘Tradition is no deadwood, but a tree that grows and sprouts through the changing seasons.’
      • ‘But surely now is the time to take the bull by the horns and ditch the deadwood.’
      • ‘If you have deadwood in a research university, you are cutting against the whole purpose of that university.’
      • ‘With Nixon's full support, he was determined to become the real head of the Intelligence Community and to clean house at CIA by eliminating deadwood and cutting costs.’
      • ‘Besides, the economy won't resume rapid growth until deadwood has been cut out, making it possible for companies to start investing again in assets that are priced to earn healthy profits.’
      • ‘Boards and legislatures have insisted on post-tenure review as a way of ensuring faculty responsibility and of getting rid of supposed deadwood.’



/ˈdedwo͝od/ /ˈdɛdwʊd/

Main definitions of Deadwood in English

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proper noun

  • A city in western South Dakota, in the Black Hills, known for its 1870s gold rush and Boot Hill cemetery; population 1,283 (est. 2008).



/ˈdedwo͝od/ /ˈdɛdwʊd/