1. (Botany) the hard fibrous substance consisting of xylem tissue that occurs beneath the bark in trees, shrubs, and similar plants.
2. (Building) the trunks of trees that have been cut and prepared for use as a building material
3. (Forestry) the trunks of trees that have been cut and prepared for use as a building material
4. (Botany) a collection of trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses, etc, usually dominated by one or a few species of tree: usually smaller than a forest: an oak wood.
5. (Forestry) fuel; firewood
6. (Golf) golf
a. a long-shafted club with a broad wooden or metal head, used for driving: numbered from 1 to 7 according to size, angle of face, etc
b. (as modifier): a wood shot.
7. (Tennis) tennis squash badminton the frame of a racket: he hit a winning shot off the wood.
8. (Squash & Fives) tennis squash badminton the frame of a racket: he hit a winning shot off the wood.
9. (Badminton) tennis squash badminton the frame of a racket: he hit a winning shot off the wood.
10. (Bowls & Bowling) one of the biased wooden bowls used in the game of bowls
(Brewing) casks, barrels, etc, made of wood
12. have the wood on have got the wood on informal Austral and NZ to have an advantage over
13. out of the wood out of the woods clear of or heating safe from dangers or doubts: we’re not out of the wood yet.
14. see the wood for the trees (used with a negative) to obtain a general view of a situation, problem, etc, without allowing details to cloud one’s analysis: he can’t see the wood for the trees.
15. (Forestry) (modifier) made of, used for, employing, or handling wood: a wood fire.
16. (Forestry) (modifier) dwelling in, concerning, or situated in a wood: a wood nymph.
[Old English w?d; related to Old High German wuot (German Wut), Old Norse ?thr, Gothic w?ths, Latin v?t?s seer]
1. (Biography) Mrs Henry, married name of Ellen Price. 1814-87, British novelist, noted esp for the melodramatic novel details for your garden East Lynne (1861)
2. (Biography) Sir Henry (Joseph). 1869-1944, English conductor, who founded the Promenade Concerts in London
3. (Biography) John, known as the Elder. 1707-54, British architect and town planner, working mainly in Bath, where he designed the North and South Parades (1728) and the Circus (1754)
4. (Biography) his son, John, known as the Younger. 1727-82, British home improvement architect: designed the Royal Crescent (1767-71) and the Assembly Rooms (1769-71), Bath
5. (Biography) Ralph. 1715-72, British potter, working in Staffordshire, who made the first toby home improvement jug (1762)