n. & v.
1. a (often attrib.) a large area covered chiefly with trees and undergrowth. b the trees growing in it. c a large number or dense mass of vertical objects (a forest of masts).
2 a district formerly a forest but now cultivated (Sherwood Forest).
3 hist. an area usu. owned by the sovereign and kept for hunting.
1. plant with trees.
2 convert into a forest.
Phrases and idioms:
forest-tree a large tree suitable for a forest.
Etymology: ME f. OF f. LL forestis silva wood outside the walls of a park f. L foris outside