Wooden vs. Wood

By Jaxson

  • Wood

    Wood is a porous and fibrous structural tissue found in the stems and roots of trees and other woody plants. It is an organic material, a natural composite of cellulose fibers that are strong in tension and embedded in a matrix of lignin that resists compression. Wood is sometimes defined as only the secondary xylem in the stems of trees, or it is defined more broadly to include the same type of tissue elsewhere such as in the roots of trees or shrubs. In a living tree it performs a support function, enabling woody plants to grow large or to stand up by themselves. It also conveys water and nutrients between the leaves, other growing tissues, and the roots. Wood may also refer to other plant materials with comparable properties, and to material engineered from wood, or wood chips or fiber.

    Wood has been used for thousands of years for fuel, as a construction material, for making tools and weapons, furniture and paper, and as a feedstock for the production of purified cellulose and its derivatives, such as cellophane and cellulose acetate.

    In 2005, the growing stock of forests worldwide was about 434 billion cubic meters, 47% of which was commercial. As an abundant, carbon-neutral renewable resource, woody materials have been of intense interest as a source of renewable energy. In 1991 approximately 3.5 billion cubic meters of wood were harvested. Dominant uses were for furniture and building construction.

  • Wooden (adjective)

    Made of wood.

    “a wooden boat”

    “On a recent windy day, hundreds of visitors climbed wooden stairs to take pictures in front of the glacier.”

  • Wooden (adjective)

    As if made of wood; moving awkwardly, or speaking with dull lack of emotion.

    “wooden acting”

  • Wood (noun)

    The substance making up the central part of the trunk and branches of a tree. Used as a material for construction, to manufacture various items, etc. or as fuel.

    “This table is made of wood.”

    “There was lots of wood on the beach.”

  • Wood (noun)

    The wood of a particular species of tree.

    “Teak is much used for outdoor benches, but a number of other woods are also suitable, such as ipĂ©, redwood, etc.”

  • Wood (noun)

    A forested or wooded area.

    “He got lost in the woods beyond Seattle.”

  • Wood (noun)


    “We need more wood for the fire.”

  • Wood (noun)

    A type of golf club, the head of which was traditionally made of wood.

  • Wood (noun)

    A woodwind instrument.

  • Wood (noun)

    An erection of the penis.

    “That girl at the strip club gave me wood.”

  • Wood (noun)

    Chess pieces.

  • Wood (noun)

    A peckerwood.

  • Wood (verb)

    To cover or plant with trees.

  • Wood (verb)

    To hide behind trees.

  • Wood (verb)

    To supply with wood, or get supplies of wood for.

    “to wood a steamboat or a locomotive”

  • Wood (verb)

    To take or get a supply of wood.

  • Wood (adjective)

    Mad, insane, crazed.

  • Wooden (adjective)

    made of wood

    “a wooden toy”

    “she closed the heavy wooden door”

  • Wooden (adjective)

    like or characteristic of wood

    “a kind of dull wooden sound”

  • Wooden (adjective)

    stiff and awkward in movement or manner

    “she is one of the most wooden actresses of all time”

  • Wood (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”

  • Wood (noun)

    wooden barrels used for storing alcoholic drinks

    “wines from the wood”

  • Wood (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)

    “he hit the ball with a three-wood”

  • Wood (noun)

    a shot made with a wood

    “he’s hitting a wood for his second shot”

  • Wood (noun)

    another term for bowl (sense 1 of the noun)

  • Wood (noun)

    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”

Oxford Dictionary

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