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for·est  (f?rst, fr-)
1. A dense growth of trees, plants, and underbrush covering a large area.
2. Something that resembles a large, dense growth of trees, as in density, quantity, or profusion: a forest of skyscrapers.
3. A defined area of land formerly set aside in England as a royal hunting ground.
tr.v. for·est·ed, for·est·ing, for·ests
To plant trees on.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin forestis (silva), outside (forest), from Latin fors, outside; see dhwer- in Indo-European roots.]

forest·al, fo·restial (f-rschl) adj.
fores·tation n.

forest [ˈfɒrɪst]
1. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Forestry) a large wooded area having a thick growth of trees and plants
2. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Forestry) the trees of such an area
3. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Forestry) NZ an area planted with exotic pines or similar trees Compare bush1 [4]
4. something resembling a large wooded area, esp in density a forest of telegraph poles
5. (Law) Law (formerly) an area of woodland, esp one owned by the sovereign and set apart as a hunting ground with its own laws and officers Compare park [5]
6. (modifier) of, involving, or living in a forest or forests a forest glade
(tr) to create a forest (in); plant with trees
[from Old French, from Medieval Latin forestis unfenced woodland, from Latin foris outside]
forestal , foresteal [fəˈrɛstɪəl] adj
forested  adj
forestless  adj
forest-like  adj

forest  (f?rst)
A dense growth of trees and underbrush covering a large area. Forests exist in all regions of the Earth except for regions of extreme cold or dryness.

forest  /frst, fr/  n. [C;U] 1 a large area with many trees: In some national parks, the forest continues for miles and miles. 2 to not see the forest for the trees: to see only details and not understand their larger meaning: The owner of the company couldnt see the forest for the trees; he was so busy dealing with the daily problems of running the factory that he didnt realize that the business was headed towards failure.
v. [T] to plant trees, cover with trees: Workers forested the land to improve the soil.

Thesaurus: forest n. 1 woods, wooded area, woodland | jungle. forest

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