What does oak mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. oak(noun)

    the hard durable wood of any oak; used especially for furniture and flooring

  2. oak, oak tree(noun)

    a deciduous tree of the genus Quercus; has acorns and lobed leaves

    "great oaks grow from little acorns"


  1. oak(Noun)

    An oak tree.

  2. oak(Noun)

    The wood of the oak.

  3. oak(Adjective)

    (colour) of a rich brown colour, like that of oak wood.

  4. Origin: ook, from ac, from aiks (compare Scots aik, iik, eik, Eiche), from eiḱ or *eiǵ- (compare aesculus 'Durmast oak', ąžuolas 'oak', enjë 'juniper, yew', aigilōps 'Turkey oak').

Webster Dictionary

  1. Oak(noun)

    any tree or shrub of the genus Quercus. The oaks have alternate leaves, often variously lobed, and staminate flowers in catkins. The fruit is a smooth nut, called an acorn, which is more or less inclosed in a scaly involucre called the cup or cupule. There are now recognized about three hundred species, of which nearly fifty occur in the United States, the rest in Europe, Asia, and the other parts of North America, a very few barely reaching the northern parts of South America and Africa. Many of the oaks form forest trees of grand proportions and live many centuries. The wood is usually hard and tough, and provided with conspicuous medullary rays, forming the silver grain

  2. Oak(noun)

    the strong wood or timber of the oak

  3. Origin: [OE. oke, ok, ak, AS. c; akin to D. eik, G. eiche, OHG. eih, Icel. eik, Sw. ek, Dan. eeg.]


  1. Oak

    An oak is a tree or shrub in the genus Quercus, having approximately 600 extant species. The common name "Oak" may also appear in the names of species in related genera, notably Lithocarpus. The genus is native to the Northern Hemisphere, and includes deciduous and evergreen species extending from cool temperate to tropical latitudes in Asia and the Americas. The center of endemism is regarded as North America, particularly Mexico. Oaks have spirally arranged leaves, with lobed margins in many species; some have serrated leaves or entire leaves with smooth margins. Many deciduous species are marcescent, not dropping dead leaves until spring. The flowers are catkins, produced in spring. The fruit is a nut called an acorn, borne in a cup-like structure known as a cupule; each acorn contains one seed and takes 6–18 months to mature, depending on species. The live oaks are distinguished for being evergreen, but are not actually a distinct group and instead are dispersed across the genus.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Oak

    ōk, n. a tree of about 300 species, the most famous the British oak, valued for its timber in shipbuilding, &c.—ns. Oak′-app′le, a spongy substance on the leaves of the oak, caused by insects—also Oak′leaf-gall; Oak′-bark, the bark of some species of oak used in tanning.—adjs. Oak′-cleav′ing (Shak.), cleaving oaks; Oak′en, consisting or made of oak.—ns. Oak′-gall, a gall produced on the oak; Oak′-leath′er, a fungus mycelium in the fissures of old oaks; Oak′ling, a young oak; Oak′-pā′per, paper for wall-hangings veined like oak.—adj. Oak′y, like oak, firm.—Oak-apple Day, the 29th of May, the anniversary of the Restoration in 1660, when country boys used to wear oak-apples in commemoration of Charles II. skulking in the branches of an oak (the Royal Oak) from Cromwell's troopers after Worcester.—Sport one's oak, in English university slang, to signify that one does not wish visitors by closing the outer door of one's rooms; The Oaks, one of the three great English races—for mares—the others being the Derby and St Leger. [A.S. ác; Ice. eik, Ger. eiche.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. oak

    Quercus, the valuable monarch of the woods. "Hearts of oak are our ships," as the old song says.

Editors Contribution

  1. oak

    any juristic entity applying the katota philosophy in either any residence or offshore jurisdiction. an ordinary company becomes an oak (on local or global level) and gains this status by: (i) using nucleus capital for applying the katota philosophy; (ii) set within the prescribed systruct; (iii) under the ethical management of a particular foundation; (iv) aligned with a particular pillar for self-regulation, applying decision support programs on behalf of its members, while all activities are executed by (v) a sponsor and co-workers (paks) who are passionate, accredited, and licensed with a divine calling to create a better life for all.

  2. oak

    A type of cultivar, flowering plant, shrub and tree created and cultivated in various species, some species produce a fruit.

    The oak trees are a valuable resource worldwide and are grown for their wood and fruit.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'oak' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4835

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'oak' in Nouns Frequency: #1909

Anagrams for oak »

  1. oka, Oka

  2. koa

  3. Oka

How to pronounce oak?

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How to say oak in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of oak in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of oak in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of oak in a Sentence

  1. Joni Ernst:

    I've come a long way from Red Oak [Iowa] to Washington, D.C..

  2. Unknown:

    The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground....

  3. Matthew Crow:

    American white oak gives a vanilla, coconut, creamy kind of flavor.

  4. Unknown:

    Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who decided to stand their ground.

  5. William Congreve:

    Music has charms to soothe the savage breast To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.

Images & Illustrations of oak

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