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bassoon a large woodwind instrument. The bassoon has a long wooden body attached to a curved, metal tube with a mouthpiece at its end.
bolt1 a metal or wooden bar on a door that slides into an opening in the frame. When the bolt is inserted into the frame, the door stays closed. [1/8 definitions]
boomerang a curved wooden stick that can be thrown so that it will return to the thrower. Boomerangs are used as hunting weapons by Australian aborigines.
bowling a game in which a heavy ball is rolled along a wooden alley toward wooden pins that stand at the far end.
bowling alley the long wooden lane down which the ball is thrown in a game of bowling. [1/2 definitions]
cane a wooden or metal stick that helps someone walk. [1/3 definitions]
castanet one of a pair of wooden or ivory instruments that are partly hollowed out. They are held in the hand and clicked together to the rhythms of Spanish dance music.
clog a shoe with a thick wooden sole. [1/3 definitions]
club a heavy wooden stick that is used as a weapon. [1/6 definitions]
croquet a lawn game in which mallets are used to drive wooden balls through wickets toward a goal.
crossbow a bow on a wooden stock. Crossbows shoot arrows when someone pulls a trigger.
decoy something used to attract animals or people into danger. Wooden decoys in the shape of birds or animals are often used by hunters to lead animals into a trap. [1/2 definitions]
gallows a high wooden frame to which one or more ropes for hanging criminals are attached. Only two states in the United States still use hanging as a form of execution.
gavel a small wooden hammer. It is used by a judge or someone in charge of a meeting or auction to get attention, call for order, or signal a sale.
jetty1 a group of rocks or wooden beams built out into a body of water. Jetties are used to control the flow of water and protect the shore from strong waves. [1/2 definitions]
lane a wooden path along which a bowling ball is rolled; alley. [1/4 definitions]
maul a heavy hammer, sometimes with a wooden head, used to drive stakes, piles, or the like. [1/2 definitions]
oxbow a wooden collar in the shape of a U that goes around the neck of an ox. It is fastened to a yoke.
pillory a wooden structure that had holes for holding a person's head and hands. Pillories were used in early America to punish people who had broken the law by having them displayed in this way and be laughed at by the public.
pin a wooden or metal peg used for connecting or holding parts together. [2/6 definitions]
polo a game played on horseback by two teams of three or four members each. The players use mallets with long handles to hit a small wooden ball into the opponent's goal.