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

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 The panels were mass produced using a glue spreader the young Autzen and the mill's superintendent conceived that allowed plys of softwood to bond. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Autzen mansion sells for $4 million: Plywood baron's 1927 Tudor (photos)," 13 June 2018 Rising material costs, caused in part by a tariff on Canadian softwood lumber, could also threaten to slow single-family home construction going forward. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "U.S. Housing Starts Dropped in April," 16 May 2018 To remove the burr, use a leather strop, one of rubberized cork or softwood with a polishing compound on its surface. Josh Donald, Popular Mechanics, "The Right Way to Sharpen Kitchen Knives," 17 Nov. 2017

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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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