- noun the open-grained wood produced by pine trees and other conifers
- noun a pine tree or other conifer that produces such wood.
- A general term referring to any of a variety of trees having narrow, needle-like or scale-like leaves, usually coniferous.
- The wood from such trees. The term has nothing to do with the actual softness of the wood; some softwoods are harder than certain of the hardwood species.
- noun wood from conifers used in papermaking