• (RP) enPR: fŏr′ĭst, IPA: /ˈfɒɹɪst/
  • (America) enPR fôr′ĭst, IPA: /ˈfɔɹɪst/, /ˈfɑɹɪst/, /fɔɹst/

forest (plural forests)

  1. A dense uncultivated tract of trees and undergrowth, larger than woods.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], London: Printed [by John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938 ↗, book I, canto VI, stanza 3, page 76 ↗:
      Who after Archimagoes fowle defeat / Led her away into a foreſt wilde, / And turning wrathfull fyre to luſtfull heat, / With beaſtly ſin though her to haue defilde, / And made the vaſſal of his pleaſures vilde.
  2. Any dense collection or amount.
    a forest of criticism
    • 1998, Katharine Payne, Silent Thunder: In the Presence of Elephants (page 59)
      Squealing and still propelled by the kick, the calf scrabbled through the forest of legs and into the open.
  3. (historical) A defined area of land set aside in England as royal hunting ground or for other privileged use; all such areas.
    • 2013, Alexander Tulloch, The Little Book of Lancashire, The History Press ISBN 9780752497464
      [...] in places such as the Forest of Bowland there is hardly a tree in sight and much of the area is a vast tract of almost barren gritstone hills and peat moorland.
  4. (graph theory) A graph with no cycles; i.e., a graph made up of trees.
    • 2000, Victor N. Kasyanov, Vladimir A. Evstigneev, Graph Theory for Programmers: Algorithms for Processing Trees, Springer Science & Business Media (ISBN 9780792364283), page 16:
      Let H be a traversal of an undirected graph G = (X, U). For given H, the set U can be split into set of tree edges from the forest GH and the set of inverse edges that do not belong to this forest.
  5. (computing, Microsoft Windows) A group of domains that are managed as a unit.
    • 2008, Laura E. Hunter, Robbie Allen, Active Directory Cookbook, O'Reilly Media, Inc. (ISBN 9780596554446), page 17
      Forests are considered the security boundary in Active Directory; by this we mean that if you need to definitively restrict access to a resource within a particular domain so that administrators from other domains do not have any access to it whatsoever, you need to implement a separate forest instead of using an additional domain within the current forest.
  6. The colour forest green.
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forest (forests, present participle foresting; past and past participle forested)

  1. (transitive) To cover an area with trees.
    • 1937, Széchenyi Scientific Society, Report on the Work of the Széchenyi Scientific Society: Founded for the Promotion of Research in Natural Sciences in Hungary, Zeéchenyi Scientific Society, page 83:
      From the view-point of national economy professor smallcaps Fehér communicates to us most interesting facts, which he has established in an important question now of actuality : in the subject of foresting the Great Hungarian Plains.
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Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. A city/county seat in Scott County, Mississippi.

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