2. [syn: fifth wheel, deadwood]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Deadwood \Dead"wood`\, n.
1. (Naut.) A mass of timbers built into the bow and stern of
a vessel to give solidity.
2. Dead trees or branches; useless material.
3. [fig.] People who are unproductive; -- used especially in
reference to employees.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
79 Moby Thesaurus words for "deadwood":
allowance, bine, bones, bough, branch, branchedness, branchiness,
bulge, burgeon, chaff, culm, dishwater, draff, dregs, dust, edge,
filings, flagellum, fork, frond, garbage, gash, handicap,
head start, hogwash, husks, leavings, lees, limb, odds, offal,
offscourings, offshoot, orts, overhand, parings, potsherds, rags,
ramage, ramification, raspings, refuse, runner, sarment, scion,
scourings, scrap iron, scraps, scum, shards, shavings, shoot,
slack, slag, slip, slop, slops, spear, spray, sprig, sprit, sprout,
start, stolon, stubble, sucker, sweepings, swill, switch, tares,
tendril, thallus, twig, vantage, wastage, waste, waste matter,