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dead·wood

 (dĕd′wo͝od′)
n.
1. Dead wood, including fallen or standing trees, branches, and stumps.
2. One or more people or things considered as burdensome, superfluous, or serving no useful purpose: Management fired all the deadwood in the department as a cost-saving measure.
3. also dead wood Sports Fallen bowling pins that remain on the alley.
4. Nautical A timber or set of timbers helping to connect the keel of a vessel to the stem or the sternpost.

deadwood

(ˈdɛdˌwʊd)
n
1. (Forestry) dead trees or branches
2. informal a useless person; encumbrance
3. (Nautical Terms) nautical a filler piece between the keel and the stern of a wooden vessel

dead•wood

(ˈdɛdˌwʊd)

n.
1. dead branches or trees.
2. useless or extraneous persons or things.
3. a reinforcing construction located between the keel of a ship and the stem or sternpost.
4. bowling pins knocked down but not cleared from the alley.
[1720–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.deadwood - a branch or a part of a tree that is deaddeadwood - a branch or a part of a tree that is dead
branch - a division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant
2.deadwood - someone or something that is unwanted and unneededdeadwood - someone or something that is unwanted and unneeded
redundance, redundancy - the attribute of being superfluous and unneeded; "the use of industrial robots created redundancy among workers"
Translations

deadwood

[ˈdedˌwʊd] N (= person) → persona f inútil; (= people) → gente f inútil; (= things) → cosas fpl inútiles
to get rid of the deadwood (in organization) → eliminar al personal inútil

deadwood

[ˈdɛdˌwʊd] n (also) (fig) → rami mpl secchi
References in classic literature ?
Twice my bearers missed their footing, and my heart ceased beating as we plunged toward instant death among the tangled deadwood beneath.
The history of the changes, which the elevated plains of Longwood and Deadwood have undergone, as given in General Beatson's account of the island, is extremely curious.
DEADWOOD - A Lane County woman was killed Sunday afternoon in an ATV crash near Deadwood, according to Oregon State Police.
He was best known for playing villains in the hit television show Deadwood, and in successful films such as Tombstone, Sin City and The Avengers.
He was best known for playing villains in the hit TV show Deadwood and films such as Tombstone, Sin City and The Avengers.
So one night Deadwood Dick asked me to go out on patrol with him, and we were going to endeavour to find out for sure.
A subsidiary of US-based midstream energy company EnLink Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: ENLK) has acquired a 50% ownership interest in the Deadwood natural gas processing facility from a subsidiary of Apache Corp.
6 I have an overgrown honeysuckle with lots of deadwood but growth at the ends.
The gun, which will sell for about 1,300 pounds in today's times was sold for just 10 pounds at his time, emerged for an auction nearly 140 years after Wild Bill died playing poker at a saloon in Deadwood, South Dakota.
Set in the wild west outpost of Deadwood City in 1876, sharp-shooting tomboy Calamity Jane is well meaning but disaster prone as she tries to help the local saloon owner out of a jam by promising to fetch a musical hall star from Chicago.
According to the co-authors of this law review article, Deadwood evolution from wilderness into civilization can be divided into three critical transformative periods: (1) the world without law; (2) the rumor of law; and finally (3) the birth of law.
Nevada Gold and Casinos Inc (NYSE Amex: UWN), a US-based developer, owner and operator of gaming facilities, has announced the closing of its acquisition of AG Trucano, in Deadwood, South Dakota, US.