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Definitions for softwood
ˈsɔftˌwʊd, ˈsɒft-soft·wood

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. softwood, dealnoun

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


  1. softwoodnoun

    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. softwoodnoun

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

  3. softwoodnoun

    The tree or tree species that yields the preceding

    This softwood has been planted extensively throughout Scotland.

  4. softwoodnoun

    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.


  1. Softwood

    Softwood is wood from gymnosperm trees such as conifers. The term is opposed to hardwood, which is the wood from angiosperm trees. The main differences between hardwoods and softwoods is that the structure of hardwoods lack resin canals, whereas softwoods lack pores (though not all softwoods have resin canals).


  1. softwood

    Softwood is a type of wood that comes from gymnosperm trees, mainly conifers like pine, spruce, and cedar. The term doesn't refer to the hardness of the wood, as some softwoods are harder than certain hardwoods. Rather, it refers to the type of tree it comes from. Softwood is commonly used in construction, furniture making, and for pulp in paper production due to its fast growth and renewability.


  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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of softwood in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of softwood in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of softwood in a Sentence

  1. Justin Trudeau:

    The Government of Canada is considering this request carefully and seriously. I have asked federal trade officials to further examine the request to inform our government’s next steps, we disagree strongly with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision to impose an unfair and punitive duty on Canadian softwood lumber products.

  2. Barack Obama:

    This issue of softwood lumber will get resolved in some fashion ... undoubtedly to the dissatisfaction of all parties concerned, each side will want 100 percent, and we'll find a way for each side to get 60 percent or so of what they need, and people will complain and grumble, but it will be fine.

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  • Holz, Nadelholz, Nadelholzgewächs, Nadelgewächs, BauholzGerman
  • havupuu, sahatavaraFinnish
  • PinusLatin

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