What does Forest mean?

Definitions for Forest
ˈfɔr ɪst, ˈfɒr-for·est

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Forest.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. forest, wood, woodsnoun

    the trees and other plants in a large densely wooded area

  2. forest, woodland, timberland, timberverb

    land that is covered with trees and shrubs

  3. afforest, forestverb

    establish a forest on previously unforested land

    "afforest the mountains"


  1. forestnoun

    A dense collection of trees covering a relatively large area. Larger than woods.

  2. forestnoun

    Any dense collection or amount.

    Forest of criticism.

  3. forestnoun

    A defined area of land formerly set aside in England as a royal hunting ground.

  4. forestnoun

    a disjoint union of trees

  5. forestverb

    To cover an area with trees.

  6. Etymology: From forest, from forest, from foresta, first used in the Capitularies of Charlemagne in reference to the royal forest (as opposed to the inner woods, or parcus). Displaced native weald, wald, from weald, scogh, scough, from skógr, and frith, firth, from fyrhþ.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FORESTnoun

    Etymology: forest, French; foresta, Italian.

    By many tribulations we enter into the kingdom of heaven, because, in a forest of many wolves, sheep cannot chuse but feed in continual danger of life. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 48.

    Macbeth shall never vanquish’d be, until
    Great Birnam-wood to Dunsinane’s high hill
    Shall come against him.
    ———— That will never be:
    Who can impress the forest, bid the tree
    Unfix his earth-bound root? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    There be airs which the physicians advise their patients to remove unto, which commonly are plain champaigns, but grasing, and not overgrown with heath; or else timber-shades, as in forests. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 936.

    How the first forest rais’d its shady head. Wentworth Dillon.


  1. Forest

    A forest is an area of land dominated by trees. Hundreds of definitions of forest are used throughout the world, incorporating factors such as tree density, tree height, land use, legal standing, and ecological function. The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) defines a forest as, "Land spanning more than 0.5 hectares with trees higher than 5 meters and a canopy cover of more than 10 percent, or trees able to reach these thresholds in situ. It does not include land that is predominantly under agricultural or urban use." Using this definition, Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020 (FRA 2020) found that forests covered 4.06 billion hectares (10.0 billion acres; 40.6 million square kilometres; 15.7 million square miles), or approximately 31 percent of the world's land area in 2020.Forests are the predominant terrestrial ecosystem of Earth, and are found around the globe. More than half of the world's forests are found in only five countries (Brazil, Canada, China, Russia, and the United States). The largest share of forests (45 percent) are in the tropical latitudes, followed by those in the boreal, temperate, and subtropic domains.Forests account for 75% of the gross primary production of the Earth's biosphere, and contain 80% of the Earth's plant biomass. Net primary production is estimated at 21.9 gigatonnes of biomass per year for tropical forests, 8.1 for temperate forests, and 2.6 for boreal forests.Forests at different latitudes and elevations, and with different precipitation and evapotranspiration form distinctly different biomes: boreal forests around the North Pole, tropical moist forests and tropical dry forests around the Equator, and temperate forests at the middle latitudes. Areas at higher elevations tend to support forests similar to those at higher latitudes, and the amount of precipitation also affects forest composition. Almost half the forest area (49 percent) is relatively intact, while 9 percent is found in fragments with little or no connectivity. Tropical rainforests and boreal coniferous forests are the least fragmented, whereas subtropical dry forests and temperate oceanic forests are among the most fragmented. Roughly 80 percent of the world's forest area is found in patches larger than 1 million hectares (2.5 million acres). The remaining 20 percent is located in more than 34 million patches around the world – the vast majority less than 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) in size.Human society and forests influence each other in both positive and negative ways. Forests provide ecosystem services to humans and serve as tourist attractions. Forests can also affect people's health. Human activities, including unsustainable use of forest resources, can negatively affect forest ecosystems.


  1. forest

    A forest is a large area of land covered predominantly with trees and undergrowth. It serves as a habitat for various animals and plants and plays a vital role in biodiversity, carbon cycle, and climate regulation. Forests may also contain rivers, ponds, and other geographical features and can exist in various climates, from tropical rainforests to boreal forests in cold climates.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forestnoun

    an extensive wood; a large tract of land covered with trees; in the United States, a wood of native growth, or a tract of woodland which has never been cultivated

  2. Forestnoun

    a large extent or precinct of country, generally waste and woody, belonging to the sovereign, set apart for the keeping of game for his use, not inclosed, but distinguished by certain limits, and protected by certain laws, courts, and officers of its own

  3. Forestadjective

    of or pertaining to a forest; sylvan

  4. Forestverb

    to cover with trees or wood

  5. Etymology: [OF. forest, F. fort, LL. forestis, also, forestus, forestum, foresta, prop., open ground reserved for the chase, fr. L. foris, foras, out of doors, abroad. See Foreign.]


  1. Forest

    Forest is a city in Scott County, Mississippi. The population was 5,987 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Scott County.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Forest

    for′est, n. a large uncultivated tract of land covered with trees and underwood: woody ground and rude pasture: a preserve for large game, as a deer forest: a royal preserve for hunting, governed by a special code called the Forest Law.—adj. pertaining to a forest: silvan: rustic.—v.t. to cover with trees.—n. For′estage, an ancient service paid by foresters to the king: the right of foresters.—adjs. For′estal; For′est-born (Shak.), born in a wild.—ns. For′ester, one who has charge of a forest: an inhabitant of a forest; For′est-fly, a dipterous insect sometimes called Horse-fly, from the annoyance it causes horses.—adj. For′estine.—ns. For′est-mar′ble, a fissile limestone belonging to the middle division of the Jurassic System, so called because the typical beds are found in Wychwood Forest, Oxfordshire; For′est-oak, the timber of the Australian beefwood trees; For′estry, the art of cultivating forests; For′est-tree, a timber-tree. [O. Fr. forest (Fr. forêt)—Low L. forestis (silva), the outside wood, as opposed to the parcus (park) or walled-in wood—L. foris, out of doors.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. forest

    Parkway Forest Drive (aka Forest) is a North York neighbourhood bounded on the west by Don Mills Road, on the north by Sheppard Avenue, on the east by the Don Valley Parkway, and on the south by Highway 401. It is a dense development of high-rise rental apartment buildings, low-rise rental apartment buildings and townhouse complexes. The area has began to see an increase in criminal activitys in recent years, including the drug sweep of 25 Parkway Forest Drive apartment building by 33 division police. In early 2005, the "North York Community Council" committee of the Toronto City Council rejected a proposal to replace many of the low-rise apartment buildings and townhouses by seven high-rise towers ranging in height from 39 to 49 storeys. SGN™

Editors Contribution

  1. forest

    An area of land planted with trees that is managed sustainably with biodiversity, social access and community management

    Forests are beautiful and so amazing for the environment.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 28, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Forest is ranked #6661 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Forest surname appeared 5,076 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Forest.

    65.7% or 3,338 total occurrences were White.
    28.2% or 1,433 total occurrences were Black.
    2.7% or 137 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 107 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 47 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.2% or 14 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Forest' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1470

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Forest' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2108

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Forest' in Nouns Frequency: #515

Anagrams for Forest »

  1. fetors

  2. fortes

  3. foster

  4. Foster

  5. softer

  6. forset

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Forest in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Forest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Forest in a Sentence

  1. Mark Parrington:

    Once upon a time, you had a fire every 100 to 150 years in one location, which means the forest completely regenerates and you end up with a mature forest, and then the fire comes along, and then you start again, what we're seeing in some parts of Eastern Siberia is the fires are happening every 10 to 30 years now, in some places, and what Eastern Siberia means is the forest is not going to be able to become mature, and you end up with an [ ecosystem ] shift to kind of a shrub land or swampy grassland.

  2. Simone Netherlands:

    Our goal is to work with the Forest Service to make the area safer for local people.

  3. Henrik Ibsen:

    A forest bird never wants a cage.

  4. Handerch Wakana Mura:

    For this forest, I will go on until my last drop of blood.

  5. Mark Ruggiero:

    There’s no imminent threat to Giant Forest but that is a potential.

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