softwood

noun
soft·​wood | \ ˈsȯft-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce softwood (audio) \

Definition of softwood

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the wood of a coniferous tree (such as a fir or pine) whether hard or soft as distinguished from that of an angiospermous tree
2 : a tree that yields softwood

softwood

adjective

Definition of softwood (Entry 2 of 2)

: having or made of softwood

Examples of softwood in a Sentence

Noun pines, firs, and other softwoods
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What does that mean for your DIY projects, which most likely involve softwood products? Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 27 July 2021 Even before the pandemic, softwood production in Western Canada was limited by a combination of past fires, beetle infestations, and the slow growth rate of spruce trees. Fortune, 2 July 2021 In 2017, the Trump administration imposed a 24% tax on softwood lumber imported from Canada, and in response, several Canadian mills shut down. Andrew Khouri, oregonlive, 12 June 2021 Canadian softwood lumber—not the plentiful Southern Yellow Pine that dots the U.S. South—is the clear favorite among U.S. homebuilders. Fortune, 2 July 2021 In 2017, the Trump administration imposed a 24% tax on softwood lumber imported from Canada, and in response, several Canadian mills shut down. Andrew Khouri, oregonlive, 12 June 2021 In 2017, the Trump administration imposed a 24% tax on softwood lumber imported from Canada, and in response, several Canadian mills shut down. Andrew Khouri, oregonlive, 12 June 2021 Person said a tariff war with Canada over softwood lumber has been a factor. Stephen Singer, courant.com, 21 June 2021 In 2017, the Trump administration imposed a 24% tax on softwood lumber imported from Canada, and in response, several Canadian mills shut down. Andrew Khouri, oregonlive, 12 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The 1862 Homestead Act propelled the popularity of softwood construction. Anne Quito, Quartz, 26 May 2021 Put it this way: For most softwood trim installation, this nailer is a good choice. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of softwood

Noun

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Softwood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/softwood. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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softwood

noun

English Language Learners Definition of softwood

: the wood of a tree (such as a pine tree) that is soft and easy to cut
: a tree that produces softwood

softwood

noun
soft·​wood | \ ˈsȯft-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce softwood (audio) \

Kids Definition of softwood

: the wood of a tree (as a pine or spruce) that has needles as distinguished from the wood of a tree (as a maple) with broad leaves

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