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See also: déforestation



From deforest +‎ -ation. First attested in 1870.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˌfɒɹɪsˈteɪʃən/, /ˌdiːfɒɹɪsˈteɪʃən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


deforestation (countable and uncountable, plural deforestations)

  1. The process of destroying a forest and replacing it with something else, especially with an agricultural system.
    Antonyms: afforestation, reforestation
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, in Internal Combustion[1]:
      Buried within the Mediterranean littoral are some seventy to ninety million tons of slag from ancient smelting, about a third of it concentrated in Iberia. This ceaseless industrial fueling caused the deforestation of an estimated fifty to seventy million acres of woodlands.
    • 2021 November 2, Jim Tankersley; Katie Rogers; Lisa Friedman, “With Methane and Forest Deals, Climate Summit Offers Hope After Gloomy Start”, in The New York Times[2], →ISSN:
      The world leaders gathered at a crucial climate summit secured new agreements on Tuesday to end deforestation and reduce emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane, building momentum as the conference prepared to shift to a more grueling two weeks of negotiations on how to avert the planet’s catastrophic warming.
  2. (computing theory) A transformation to eliminate intermediate data structures within a program.


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