Glossary

Encourage your students to use this wordlist when reading through the brochures and activities. You can browse the glossary by clicking on the individual letter or by scrolling through the list. If there are additional words that you think would be helpful to add to this list, please contact us (upper right corner). We appreciate your feedback. 

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A

Atom : The smallest part of an element

B

Biomass: Wood and other organic materials used as fuel sources

Bond : Special chemical connection between atoms of the same or different elements

C

Cellulose: Complex fibers inside plants or wood fibers

Chemical Energy: Energy released as heat from a chemical reaction

Collage: A piece of artwork made by cutting materials such as colored paper and old magazines and pasting them onto a surface to create a pattern or picture

Compound: Something made up of two or more elements. Compounds are held together by chemical bonds

Contaminant: A substance which causes something to be impure

Corrugated: wrinkled or shaped into parallel grooves or ridges

D

Deinking: Removing ink and other finishing materials, like coatings, sizings and adhesives, from printed paper

F

Fibers: The long, thick-walled cells that give strength and support to plants

Fossil Fuels: Energy sources formed by the decay of plants, animals and other organic materials over millions of years; coal, oil and natural gas are examples of fossil fuels

H

Hardwood Tree: A broad-leafed tree such as an oak or maple whose short, stiff wood fibers are used to make products like bath tissue, napkins and towels

Hydropower: electricity from water power

I

Insulation: A material used to prevent the escape of heat, sound, electricity, etc

Ion: An atom or group of atoms that carries a positive or negative electric charge

L

Landfill: A site where garbage is taken

Lathe: Machine that holds a log in place while it is peeled for veneer

Lignin: A glue-like chemical substance that holds a tree's cellulose or wood fibers together

O

Oriented Strand Board: Panel made from strands of wood layered at right angles and glued together with resin

P

Paperboard: Panel made from strands of wood layered at right angles and glued together with resin

Particleboard: Panel made from wood chips or shavings mixed with resin

Plywood: Panel made of thin sheets of wood that are glued together

R

Rayon: Fabric made from cellulose, which comes from trees

Recycling: A process where used materials are sorted, cleaned and made into new products

Resin: Chemical used to glue wood veneer or wood chips and shavings together. A substance from the gum or sap of trees

S

Size: Chemical that helps paper repel moisture and water-based inks

Softwood Tree: A coniferous tree such as a pine or fir whose long, flexible wood fibers are used to make products like bags and boxes

Synthetic: Not found in nature

T

Turbine: An engine with blades that are turned by water, steam or gas pressure

V

Veneer: Thin sheets of wood