What does deforestation mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deforestation(noun)

    the state of being clear of trees

  2. deforestation, disforestation(noun)

    the removal of trees


  1. deforestation(Noun)

    The process of destroying a forest and replacing it with something else, especially by an agricultural system.

  2. Origin: From Latin de + forresta, forestis


  1. Deforestation

    Deforestation, clearance or clearing is the removal of a forest or stand of trees where the land is thereafter converted to a non-forest use. Examples of deforestation include conversion of forestland to farms, ranches, or urban use. More than half of the animal and plant species in the world live in tropical forests. The term deforestation is often misused to describe any activity where all trees in an area are removed. However in temperate climates, the removal of all trees in an area—in conformance with sustainable forestry practices—is correctly described as regeneration harvest. In temperate mesic climates, natural regeneration of forest stands often will not occur in the absence of disturbance, whether natural or anthropogenic. Furthermore, biodiversity after regeneration harvest often mimics that found after natural disturbance, including biodiversity loss after naturally occurring rainforest destruction. Deforestation occurs for many reasons: trees are cut down to be used or sold as fuel or timber, while cleared land is used as pasture for livestock, plantations of commodities and settlements. The removal of trees without sufficient reforestation has resulted in damage to habitat, biodiversity loss and aridity. It has adverse impacts on biosequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Deforestation has also been used in war to deprive an enemy of cover for its forces and also vital resources. A modern example of this was the use of Agent Orange by the United States military in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Deforested regions typically incur significant adverse soil erosion and frequently degrade into wasteland.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of deforestation in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of deforestation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Gustavo Suarez de Freitas:

    The trend is that deforestation is increasing.

  2. Tirtha Bahadur Shrestha:

    This can increase deforestation and illegal logging.

  3. Prabianto Mukti Wibowo:

    We know that our primary customers are not concerned about deforestation.

  4. Robin Chazdon:

    Avoiding deforestation and supporting forest regeneration are complementary and mutually reinforcing activities.

  5. Terrence Mushore:

    Models show deforestation could result in a decline in precipitation of more than 5 percent across Zimbabwe by 2050.

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