What does forest mean?

Definitions for forest
ˈfɔr ɪst, ˈfɒr-for·est

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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.

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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  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. Gregory Asner:

    If we have recurring drought and it comes back strong after the El Nino, we predict we are going to have a lot more tree mortality, if drought persists and we lose forest, it will be replaced with something. Typically when forests get too dry and they die off, usually shrub lands and grasslands do the replacing.

  2. Erin Hunter:

    What should we do? We can't let the forest be overrun by foxes! What about my kits?

  3. David Peterson:

    We’re not dealing much with forest in Southern California, we’re dealing more with chaparral -- and that gets even hotter than a forest fire, there’s a long road ahead of us. The fires we’ve dealt with recently -- like the Thomas Fire -- are all indicators of what we’re having to deal with in California for the next few years.

  4. Per Petterson:

    When I was a young boy, I lived very close to the forest ... many years later, I moved back to the forest and it was a whole new thing, i immediately started writing this book.

  5. Rebecca Latta:

    He gave me a huge hug, i think he’s so exhausted that I really think he doesn’t have a lot of words right now and he’s a little bit delirious after five days of wandering around in the forest.

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    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    • A. arbitrary
    • B. ambidextrous
    • C. epidemic
    • D. occlusive

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