Pronunciation: (ded'wood"), [key]
1. the dead branches on a tree; dead branches or trees.
2. useless or burdensome persons or things: He cut the deadwood from his staff.
3. (in writing) unnecessary words, phrases, or exposition; expendable verbiage.
4. Naut.a solid construction, serving only as reinforcement, located between the keel of a vessel and the stem or sternpost.
5. Bowling.pins remaining on the alley after having been knocked down by the ball.
a. Rummy.cards in a hand that have not been included in sets and are usually counted as points against the holder.
b. Poker.cards that have been discarded.
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