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forest Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the trees and other plants in a large densely wooded area
    woods; wood.
  2. noun land that is covered with trees and shrubs
    timberland; woodland; timber.
  3. verb establish a forest on previously unforested land
    • afforest the mountains

For"est noun
OF. forest, F. forêt, LL. forestis, also, forestus, forestum, foresta, prop., open ground reserved for the chase, fr. L. foris, foras, out of doors, abroad. See Foreign.
  1. 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. (Eng. Law) 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. Burrill.
For"est adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to a forest; sylvan.
For"est transitive verb
  1. To cover with trees or wood.

Webster 1913