Definitions for softwoodˈsɔftˌwʊd, ˈsɒft-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

soft•woodˈsɔftˌwʊd, ˈsɒft-(n.)

  1. a coniferous tree or its wood.

    Category: Agriculture

  2. any wood that is relatively soft or easily cut. a tree yielding such a wood.

  3. (adj.)of or pertaining to softwood.

Origin of softwood:

1825–35

Princeton's WordNet

  1. softwood, deal(noun)

    wood that is easy to saw (from conifers such as pine or fir)

Wiktionary

  1. softwood(Noun)

    The wood from any conifer (or from Ginkgo), without regarding how soft this wood is.

    SYP is a softwood, but it is harder than many hardwoods.

  2. softwood(Noun)

    (in more general use) As the preceding but limited to those that are commercial timbers.

  3. softwood(Noun)

    The tree or tree species that yields the preceding

    This softwood has been planted extensively throughout Scotland.

  4. softwood(Noun)

    A joint term for the commercial timbers, without distinguishing which.

    You should have used softwood for the frame of this shed, instead of overbuilding it like this.

Freebase

  1. Softwood

    Softwood is wood from gymnosperm trees such as conifers. Evergreen trees are often called softwoods with the notable exceptions being bald cypress and the larches. Softwood is the source of about 80% of the world's production of timber, with traditional centres of production being the Baltic region and North America and China. The term is opposed to hardwood, which is the wood from angiosperm trees. Softwoods are not necessarily softer than hardwoods. In both groups there is an enormous variation in actual wood hardness, with the range in density in hardwoods completely including that of softwoods; some hardwoods are softer than most softwoods, while the hardest hardwoods are much harder than any softwood. The woods of longleaf pine, douglas fir, and yew are much harder in the mechanical sense than several hardwoods.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

softwood(adjective)

(of) the wood of a conebearing tree eg a pine

softwood furniture.

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