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

The best, softest toilet paper comes from softwood trees like pine and spruce, which Canada has plenty of. Dan Nosowitz, Vox, "Who Gives a Crap," 17 July 2019 Officials have skirmished over foreign washing machines and Canadian softwood lumber imports. The Economist, "America is deploying a new economic arsenal to assert its power," 6 June 2019 Material Choices Bed frames can be built out of virtually any wood, including various species of softwoods and hardwoods. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build Your Own Bed Frame," 21 Feb. 2019 If using softwood, such as pine or cedar, consider cutting the parts slightly thicker and wider to give the bed frame the necessary strength and rigidity. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build Your Own Bed Frame," 21 Feb. 2019 Hardwoods are stronger, more rigid and, not surprisingly, harder than softwoods. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build Your Own Bed Frame," 21 Feb. 2019 Most of the trees Franklin spotted that day were higher-elevation softwood species that — due to their thin bark — can easily be killed by a fire’s heat. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "In a changing climate, will fire make a bigger run in Washington’s west-side forests?," 4 Sep. 2018 Do not plant under cedar, redwood, or other aromatic softwoods, since these produce anti-fungal compounds. Sunset, "How to Grow Mushrooms," 22 Jan. 2018 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

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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 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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