deforestation

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Borrowed from French déforestation.

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deforestation (countable and uncountable, plural deforestations)

  1. The process of destroying a forest and replacing it with something else, especially with an agricultural system. [from 1874]
    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.
  2. (computing theory) A transformation to eliminate intermediate data structures within a program.

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