wood 1 (wd)
a. The secondary xylem of trees and shrubs, lying beneath the bark and consisting largely of cellulose and lignin.
b. This tissue when cut and dried, used especially for building material and fuel.
2. often woods
a. A growth of trees and other plants usually covering a smaller area than a forest.
b. A forest.
3. An object made of wood, especially:
a. Music A woodwind.
b. Sports Any of a series of golf clubs used to hit long shots, having a bulbous head made of wood, metal, or graphite, and numbered one to five in order of increasing loft.
v. wood·ed, wood·ing, woods
1. To fuel with wood.
2. To cover with trees; forest.
To gather or be supplied with wood.
1. Made or consisting of wood; wooden.
2. Used or suitable for cutting, storing, or working with wood.
3. woods Living, growing, or present in forests: woods animals; a woods path.
out of the woods Informal
Free of a difficult or hazardous situation; in a position of safety or security.
[Middle English wode, from Old English wudu.]
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