Definitions of oak

  1. consisting of or made of wood of the oak tree; " a solid oak table"; " the old oaken bucket"
  2. a deciduous tree of the genus Quercus; has acorns and lobed leaves; " great oaks grow from little acorns"
  3. the hard durable wood of any oak; used especially for furniture and flooring
  4. 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.
  5. The strong wood or timber of the oak.
  6. A tree of many species, found in all parts of the world, and noted for its peculiar fruit, the acorn; the wood of this tree; any of several plants resembling the oak in foliage.
  7. oaken.
  8. A tree of many species, the most famous of which is the British oak, so valuable for its timber.
  9. Genus of timber trees.
  10. Oak, oaken.
  11. A hard wood, acorn bearing tree; also its wood.
  12. A well- known tree of the genus quercus, much esteemed for its stateliness and its timber.
  13. A tree of many species; also its wood, used in shipbuilding and for many other purposes, noted for its hardness and durability.

Usage examples for oak

  1. The strong oak resisted his shaking and pulling. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. And the boar went into a bush still farther off, and the wolf went behind an oak, and the bear got down from the tree, and climbed up into a bigger one, and the hare ran right away. – Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales by Anonymous
  3. With the idea that he would return to the spring to scalp the dead Indians, he went directly toward the big oak tree. – The Spirit of the Border A Romance of the Early Settlers in the Ohio Valley by Zane Grey
  4. The poet tells of shooting an arrow into the air and " long years afterwards in an oak he found the arrow still unbroke." – The New North by Agnes Deans Cameron
  5. As the heavy oak door slammed after the retreating figure, the jar caused the tall clock, back among the shadows of the far side of the room, to strike! – The Place Beyond the Winds by Harriet T. Comstock
  6. So we pull up under an old oak which stands before the door. – Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes
  7. He leisurely seated himself in a chair opposite that of the Colonel, the large oak table being between them. – The Lash by Olin L. Lyman
  8. Over and over Jim, speaking of him to his wife- they looked after Oak Hill in the summer- would say with conviction: " He's goin' to make a great dog!" – Frank of Freedom Hill by Samuel A. Derieux
  9. The man from Stettin rushed up to the bedroom, and jumped into the oak chest. – War and the Weird by Forbes Phillips R. Thurston Hopkins
  10. An immense oak stood at the edge of the forest. – David and the Phoenix by Edward Ormondroyd
  11. Our line being formed in an oak forest and ordered to charge, we rushed from the wood into a large field across which the cut had been dug, not knowing it was there until we came close to it. – Reminiscences of a Rebel by Wayland Fuller Dunaway
  12. When she and Abby seated themselves, Maria withdrew, standing aloof under an oak, looking up at the illumined spread of branches with the rapt, innocent expression of a saint. – The Portion of Labor by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  13. " And, now," he said, " we will go down to Crow's Oak. – The Untilled Field by George Moore
  14. At last she came to the narrow oak door which gave on to the staircase leading into the open air. – Studies in love and in terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  15. As the children drove to the station from the farm, they passed the famous oak- tree, but no little man was to be seen. – Fairy Tales from the German Forests by Margaret Arndt
  16. Every floor in my house is polished oak. – Vera by Elisabeth von Arnim
  17. " I know what the oak says," said the Singing Mouse. – The Singing Mouse Stories by Emerson Hough
  18. When they had come to these, Patience Oak held back. – Comrades by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  19. He met the messenger at the bottom of the park, not far from Guy's Oak. – Lucretia, Volume 6. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton