From dead + wood.
deadwood (countable and uncountable, plural deadwoods)
- Coarse woody debris.
- People or things judged to be superfluous to an organization or project.
- Money not realized by exiting a winning pump trade too early.
- (bowling) Pins that have fallen and have not been cleared from the alley.
- (nautical) Vertical planks between the keel and the sternpost that act as reinforcement.
- (by extension) Structural material on a load-carrying vehicle that reduces the available cargo space.
- 1808, The Southwestern Reporter (volume 42, page 1066)
- The defendant […] sustained the injuries at Swatzell's switch, by getting his arm caught between the deadwoods of two freight cars […]
- (rummy) Cards in a hand that do not contribute to sets and which are usually counted as points against the player holding the hand.
- (poker) Cards that have been discarded.
People or things judged to be superfluous to an organization or project.