Pronunciation: (wood), [key]
1. the hard, fibrous substance composing most of the stem and branches of a tree or shrub, and lying beneath the bark; the xylem.
2. the trunks or main stems of trees as suitable for architectural and other purposes; timber or lumber.
3. firewood.
4. the cask, barrel, or keg, as distinguished from the bottle: aged in the wood.
5. See wood block (def. 1).
6. Music.
a. a woodwind instrument.
b. the section of a band or orchestra composed of woodwinds.
7. Often, woods. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) a large and thick collection of growing trees; a grove or forest: They picnicked in the woods.
8. Golf.a club with a wooden head, as a driver, brassie, spoon, or baffy for hitting long shots. Cf. iron (def. 5).
9. have the wood on, Australian have an advantage over or have information that can be used against.
10. out of the woods,
a. out of a dangerous, perplexing, or difficult situation; secure; safe.
b. no longer in precarious health or critical condition; out of danger and recovering.

1. made of wood; wooden.
2. used to store, work, or carry wood: a wood chisel.
3. dwelling or growing in woods: wood bird.

1. to cover or plant with trees.
2. to supply with wood; get supplies of wood for.

to take in or get supplies of wood (often fol. by up): to wood up before the approach of winter.


Pronunciation: (wood), [key]
adj. Archaic.
1. wild, as with rage or excitement.
2. mad; insane.


Pronunciation: (wood), [key]
1. Grant, 1892–1942, U.S. painter.
2. Leonard, 1860–1927, U.S. military doctor and political administrator.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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