Definition of forest in English:

forest

noun

  • 1A large area covered chiefly with trees and undergrowth.

    ‘a pine forest’
    mass noun ‘a large tract of forest’
    • ‘The mountain was mostly covered of a pine tree forest, and was the home of many species of birds.’
    • ‘Mixed forest also covers large areas of the island, but with a varied species composition.’
    • ‘Three-quarters of the land is covered with forests and woodland, and much of the land is cultivated with rice paddies.’
    • ‘The mountain is covered mainly by sub-tropical virgin forests of evergreen broadleaf trees.’
    • ‘The area covered by tropical forests is disappearing at the rate of four Switzerlands every year.’
    • ‘Decades ago, these slopes were covered with forests, and the trees' root systems tied the soil to the hillsides.’
    • ‘Everything from towering palm trees to pine forests inhabited the island's varied ecosystems.’
    • ‘North American brown bears prefer open areas interspersed with forests for sheltering cover while resting.’
    • ‘The First half was made mostly of a dense forest, trees covering any view of the bottom.’
    • ‘By contrast, the floor of pine forests was covered thinly by needles, and had much less absorptive capacity.’
    • ‘The forests in New Hampshire covered 50 percent of the state in 1850 and cover 87 percent today.’
    • ‘Its forest covers an area half the size of Wales and supports a healthy population of wolves, moose and bears.’
    • ‘That explains why deciduous forest means a forest in which the leaves fall off the trees when the winter comes.’
    • ‘The northern coniferous forest, or taiga, is filled with evergreens such as pine, fir, and spruce.’
    • ‘For three hours we snaked our way through soaring mountains covered in pine forests.’
    • ‘Conservation areas and protected forests now cover about 54 million hectares, according to government data.’
    • ‘Both ranges are soft from age but covered in brushy pine forests, knobby granite crags, and hiking and biking trails.’
    • ‘Canada's forests cover an area nearly three times the size of Europe.’
    • ‘Your state forests are managed under the policy of multiple use in order to obtain benefits from recreation, timber production and watershed protection.’
    • ‘As two thirds of Finland is covered by forests, it is hardly surprising that timber is the national building material.’
    wood, woods, woodland, trees, tree plantation, plantation
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    1. 1.1historical An area, typically owned by the sovereign and partly wooded, kept for hunting and having its own laws.
      • ‘In medieval times the area was a hunting forest, roamed by deer, wild bear and wolves.’
      • ‘Sherwood Forest, a medieval royal hunting forest, is best known as the home of the outlaw Robin Hood.’
      • ‘The New Forest is the most intact surviving example in England of a medieval hunting forest.’
      • ‘For people in the countryside, new laws such as those governing access to game or forests could criminalize what had been everyday activity.’
      plantation, farm, holding
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    2. 1.2in place names Denoting an area that was formerly a royal forest.
      ‘Waltham Forest’
      • ‘Those near Brendan Byrne State Forest and the Chatsworth area in Burlington County are particularly rich.’
      • ‘Barnett was born on the 9 June 1912 at Wych Cross in the Ashdown Forest, and went to school in Tunbridge Wells.’
      • ‘Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest, Nancy Springer does just that.’
      • ‘Those facing ruin include Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace and Queens Park Rangers.’
      • ‘Areas affected included Flamborough, Scarborough, Malton, Withernsea, Middlesbrough and Sutton on the Forest.’
      • ‘Sunday Worship on 23 January 2005 comes from Beth Shalom in Newark, on the edge of Sherwood Forest.’
      • ‘It opens up land on Haworth Moor, Keighley and Oakworth moors, Ilkley Moor, Ickornshaw Moor and in the Forest of Bowland.’
      • ‘Golden oldie Joe Gordon made 78 as Cowling reached 195-6 at home to Pendle Forest.’
  • 2A large number or dense mass of vertical or tangled objects.

    ‘a forest of high-rise apartments’
    • ‘Clearly, there does not need to be a forest of signs lecturing visitors about what they can and cannot do.’
    • ‘Just a small forest of black crosses, each labelled with the name of one of the 80 people who died trying to get out there.’
    • ‘A Satguru does not embroil the seeker in the dense forest of words and hymns.’
    • ‘The substitute kept his shot low and it found its way through a forest of legs and into the bottom right corner.’
    • ‘A veritable forest of knock-off Awards have sprung up around and about I see.’
    • ‘But their efforts became lost amid a forest of faintly unconvincing football motions.’
    • ‘As I rise into a gentle current, the intact railings provide a skeleton for a dense forest of marine life.’
    • ‘Ahead we encountered a dense forest of steel beams half a metre wide and just over a metre apart.’
    • ‘Now is the time to turn your desktop into a veritable forest of eye-candy.’
    • ‘We stopped near a small spring that gurgled its way through the dense forest of rocks.’
    • ‘With the ball pinballing amongst a forest of legs on the edge of the penalty box it fell to Bingham who dispatched a half volley low into the net.’
    • ‘Whether looking at a slimy whale taste bud or a forest of pink jellyfish, there is no shortage of eye candy.’
    • ‘The travelers in transit march along, looking from a distance like a forest of bobbing backpacks.’
    • ‘A forest of hurls pulled, no one really connected and the ball squirted wide.’
    • ‘Heavy industrial plants belched clouds of smoke from a forest of chimneys.’
    • ‘I'd really like to put my study first, but the lounge room is crying out for order amidst its forest of boxes.’
    • ‘They do so because their market is hardly a market at all compared with the forest of For Sale signs which deface Britain.’
    • ‘We graduates today are still saplings in the forest of civilization, in the process of growing.’
    • ‘There, he enters the forest of his mind, delighting in the escape from everyday restrictions.’
    • ‘Cities are already a forest of signs, but most of these signs are authorised texts; part of the official story of a city.’

verb

[with object]usually as adjective forested
  • Cover (land) with forest; plant with trees.

    ‘a forested hillside’
    • ‘Over 33 million acres of forested wetlands containing $8 billion standing timber are found in the Southeast alone.’
    • ‘The steep, densely forested valley sides plunge into the loch's murky waters.’
    • ‘First, the Army selected forested test plots about 3 miles northeast of Fairbanks near Farmers Loop Road.’
    • ‘The valley is densely forested and lush; a light autumn snowfall dusts distant high peaks.’
    • ‘The mountains are heavily forested, with numerous streams fed by heavy rainfall.’
    • ‘Here the Danube carves its way through heavily forested hills creating sheer cliffs on either side of the river.’
    • ‘Three-quarters of this prosperous, stable West African country is forested, and people disappear here.’
    • ‘Working close to home at a school outdoor education lab or a nearby forested land can cut down on travel time.’
    • ‘On Boxing Day she booked a canoe jungle tour along the island's densely forested coastline and set off into a bright, sunny morning.’
    • ‘Well, not so much lost it as left it behind in the rolling mountains and forested slopes of British Columbia.’
    • ‘Adjacent natural forested wetlands were used as reference sites where similar data were collected.’
    • ‘One of the key players will be the Forestry Commission, not least because a quarter of the national park is forested.’
    • ‘The road seemed to go on and on, climbing and twisting, between heavily forested hills.’
    • ‘Trees in forested wetland are more than twenty feet tall.’
    • ‘After the sun rose, Levi found a heavily forested area to hide all of the trucks.’
    • ‘Over 80 percent of the land area is still forested, and only 2.5 percent is cultivated.’
    • ‘By the time, you get to Dunkeld, the roads and rivers are fast and wide and surrounded by deep green forested hillsides.’
    • ‘In the capital, Hilo, the area between the city and the sea front was forested to provide protection.’
    • ‘For forested rangeland, season of use is important for maximizing both forage value and production.’
    • ‘Bottomland hardwood swamp is a name commonly given to forested swamps in the south central United States.’
    forested, afforested, tree-covered, woody
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Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘wooded area kept for hunting’, also denoting any uncultivated land): via Old French from late Latin forestis (silva), literally ‘(wood) outside’, from Latin foris ‘outside’ (see foreign).

Pronunciation

forest

/ˈfɒrɪst/