softwood
I. noun Date: 1809 1. the wood of a coniferous tree (as a fir or pine) whether hard or soft as distinguished from that of an angiospermous tree 2. a tree that yields softwood II. adjective Date: 1855 having or made of softwood

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  • softwood — ► NOUN ▪ the wood from a conifer as distinguished from that of broadleaved trees …   English terms dictionary

  • softwood — [sôft′wo͞od΄] n. 1. a) any light, easily cut wood b) any tree yielding such wood 2. Forestry the wood of any conifer …   English World dictionary

  • Softwood — A typical and well known softwood (Pinus sylvestris) The term softwood is used to describe wood from trees that are known as gymnosperms.Conifers are an example. It may also be used to describe trees, which tend to be evergreen, notable… …   Wikipedia

  • softwood — /sawft wood , soft /, n. 1. any wood that is relatively soft or easily cut. 2. a tree yielding such a wood. 3. Forestry. a coniferous tree or its wood. adj. 4. of, pertaining to, or made of softwood. [1825 35; SOFT + WOOD1] * * * Timber obtained… …   Universalium

  • softwood — noun a) 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. b) (in more general use) As the preceding but limited to those that are commercial timbers. This …   Wiktionary

  • softwood — UK [ˈsɒftˌwʊd] / US [ˈsɔftˌwʊd] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms softwood : singular softwood plural softwoods a) wood that can be cut easily and is cheap to produce because it comes from trees such as pines or firs that grow quickly b)… …   English dictionary

  • softwood — noun Softwood is used before these nouns: ↑lumber …   Collocations dictionary

  • softwood — [[t]sɒ̱ftwʊd, AM sɔ͟ːft [/t]] softwoods N MASS Softwood is the wood from trees such as pines, that grow quickly and can be cut easily. Ant: hardwood …   English dictionary

  • softwood — soft•wood [[t]ˈsɔftˌwʊd, ˈsɒft [/t]] n. 1) agr. a coniferous tree or its wood 2) a) any wood that is relatively soft or easily cut b) a tree yielding such a wood 3) of or pertaining to softwood • Etymology: 1825–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • softwood — /ˈsɒftwʊd / (say softwood) noun 1. Botany any of the generally coniferous, gymnospermous trees with sieve cells for the conduction of nutrient solutions, which include pine, spruce, etc., and some trees with much harder wood. 2. (in popular use)… …   Australian English dictionary

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