softwood

noun
soft·​wood | \ˈsȯft-ˌwu̇d \

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

Shortages of lumber have been a common complaint among homebuilders thanks to a years-long trade dispute with Canada over softwood lumber. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Why shrinking U.S. homes may be a boost to homebuyers," 29 Nov. 2018 There have also been shortages of construction labor and softwood lumber, which have slowed the pace of home building in general. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "A brand new single-family neighborhood, where every unit is a rental," 10 Sep. 2018 This simple setup uses a scrap piece of plywood with a small retaining rim, made out of 1/2 x 1/2–inch softwood, for each stone. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Your Own Sharpening Stone Station," 22 Aug. 2018 The United States and Canada, for example, have squabbled for decades over softwood lumber. Paul Wiseman And Christopher Rugaber, USA TODAY, "Trump's tariffs: A closer look at what they are and how they will work," 9 July 2018 The United States and Canada, for example, have squabbled for decades over softwood lumber. Paul Wiseman And Christopher Rugaber, chicagotribune.com, "Trump's tariffs: What they are and how they will work," 9 July 2018 The United States and Canada, for example, have squabbled for decades over softwood lumber. Washington Post, "Trump’s tariffs: What they are and how they will work," 9 July 2018 The United States and Canada, for example, have squabbled for decades over softwood lumber. Christopher Rugaber, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s tariffs: What they are and how they will work," 9 July 2018 Saguenay’s other original economic base, pulp and paper, has been devastated by decades of U.S. protectionism around softwood lumber. Danielle Bochove, Bloomberg.com, "Trump’s Trade War Looms Over a Canadian Town Built to Supply America," 28 June 2018

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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

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 \

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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