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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Soft  \Soft\,  a.  [Compar.  {Softer};  superl.  {Softest}.]  [OE. 
  softe,  AS  s?fte,  properly  adv  of  s?fte,  adj.;  akin  to  OS 
  s[=a]fto,  adv.,  D.  zacht,  OHG.  samfto  adv.,  semfti  adj.,  G. 
  sanft,  LG  sacht;  of  uncertain  origin.] 
  1.  Easily  yielding  to  pressure;  easily  impressed,  molded,  or 
  cut;  not  firm  in  resisting;  impressible;  yielding;  also 
  malleable;  --  opposed  to  {hard};  as  a  soft  bed;  a  soft 
  peach;  soft  earth;  soft  wood  or  metal. 
 
  2.  Not  rough,  rugged,  or  harsh  to  the  touch;  smooth; 
  delicate;  fine;  as  soft  silk;  a  soft  skin. 
 
  They  that  wear  soft  clothing  are  in  king's  houses. 
  --Matt.  xi  8. 
 
  3.  Hence  agreeable  to  feel  taste,  or  inhale;  not  irritating 
  to  the  tissues;  as  a  soft  liniment;  soft  wines.  ``The 
  soft,  delicious  air.''  --Milton. 
 
  4.  Not  harsh  or  offensive  to  the  sight;  not  glaring;  pleasing 
  to  the  eye;  not  exciting  by  intensity  of  color  or  violent 
  contrast;  as  soft  hues  or  tints. 
 
  The  sun,  shining  upon  the  upper  part  of  the  clouds  . 
  .  .  made  the  softest  lights  imaginable.  --Sir  T. 
  Browne. 
 
  5.  Not  harsh  or  rough  in  sound;  gentle  and  pleasing  to  the 
  ear;  flowing;  as  soft  whispers  of  music. 
 
  Her  voice  was  ever  soft,  Gentle,  and  low  --  an 
  excellent  thing  in  woman.  --Shak. 
 
  Soft  were  my  numbers;  who  could  take  offense? 
  --Pope. 
 
  6.  Easily  yielding;  susceptible  to  influence;  flexible; 
  gentle;  kind 
 
  I  would  to  God  my  heart  were  flint,  like  Edward's; 
  Or  Edward's  soft  and  pitiful,  like  mine.  --Shak. 
 
  The  meek  or  soft  shall  inherit  the  earth.  --Tyndale. 
 
  7.  Expressing  gentleness,  tenderness,  or  the  like  mild; 
  conciliatory;  courteous;  kind  as  soft  eyes. 
 
  A  soft  answer  turneth  away  wrath.  --Prov.  xv  1. 
 
  A  face  with  gladness  overspread,  Soft  smiles,  by 
  human  kindness  bred.  --Wordsworth. 
 
  8.  Effeminate;  not  courageous  or  manly,  weak. 
 
  A  longing  after  sensual  pleasures  is  a  dissolution 
  of  the  spirit  of  a  man,  and  makes  it  loose,  soft, 
  and  wandering.  --Jer.  Taylor. 
 
  9.  Gentle  in  action  or  motion;  easy. 
 
  On  her  soft  axle,  white  she  paces  even  And  bears 
  thee  soft  with  the  smooth  air  along  --Milton. 
 
  10.  Weak  in  character;  impressible. 
 
  The  deceiver  soon  found  this  soft  place  of  Adam's. 
  --Glanvill. 
 
  11.  Somewhat  weak  in  intellect.  [Colloq.] 
 
  He  made  soft  fellows  stark  noddies,  and  such  as 
  were  foolish  quite  mad.  --Burton. 
 
  12.  Quiet;  undisturbed;  paceful;  as  soft  slumbers. 
 
  13.  Having  or  consisting  of  a  gentle  curve  or  curves;  not 
  angular  or  abrupt;  as  soft  outlines. 
 
  14.  Not  tinged  with  mineral  salts;  adapted  to  decompose  soap; 
  as  soft  water  is  the  best  for  washing. 
 
  15.  (Phonetics) 
  a  Applied  to  a  palatal,  a  sibilant,  or  a  dental 
  consonant  (as  g  in  gem,  c  in  cent,  etc.)  as 
  distinguished  from  a  guttural  mute  (as  g  in  go  c  in 
  cone,  etc.);  --  opposed  to  {hard}. 
  b  Belonging  to  the  class  of  sonant  elements  as 
  distinguished  from  the  surd,  and  considered  as 
  involving  less  force  in  utterance;  as  b,  d,  g,  z,  v, 
  etc.,  in  contrast  with  p,  t,  k,  s,  f,  etc 
 
  {Soft  clam}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  common  or  long  clam  ({Mya 
  arenaria}).  See  {Mya}. 
 
  {Soft  coal},  bituminous  coal,  as  distinguished  from 
  anthracite,  or  hard,  coal. 
 
  {Soft  crab}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  crab  which  has  recently  shed  its 
  shell. 
 
  {Soft  dorsal}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  posterior  part  of  the  dorsal 
  fin  of  fishes  when  supported  by  soft  rays. 
 
  {Soft  grass}.  (Bot.)  See  {Velvet  grass}. 
 
  {Soft  money},  paper  money,  as  distinguished  from  coin,  or 
  hard  money.  [Colloq.  U.S.] 
 
  {Soft  mute}.  (Phonetics)  See  {Media}. 
 
  {Soft  palate}.  See  the  Note  under  {Palate}. 
 
  {Soft  ray}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  fin  ray  which  is  articulated  and 
  usually  branched. 
 
  {Soft  soap}.  See  under  {Soap}. 
 
  {Soft-tack},  leavened  bread,  as  distinguished  from 
  {hard-tack},  or  {ship  bread}. 
 
  {Soft  tortoise}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  river  tortoise  of  the  genus 
  Trionyx.  See  {Trionyx}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Soft  \Soft\,  n. 
  A  soft  or  foolish  person;  an  idiot.  [Colloq.]  --G.  Eliot. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Soft  \Soft\,  adv 
  Softly;  without  roughness  or  harshness;  gently;  quietly. 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  A  knight  soft  riding  toward  them  --Spenser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Soft  \Soft\,  interj. 
  Be  quiet;  hold  stop;  not  so  fast 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  soft 
  adj  1:  lacking  in  hardness  relatively  or  comparatively  [ant:  {hard}] 
  2:  metaphorically  soft;  "my  father  is  a  soft  touch";  "soft 
  light";  "a  soft  rain";  "a  soft  Southern  drawl";  "soft 
  brown  eyes";  "a  soft  glance"  [ant:  {hard}] 
  3:  of  sound;  relatively  low  in  volume;  "soft  voices";  "soft 
  music";  "  [ant:  {loud}] 
  4:  easily  hurt;  "soft  hands";  "a  baby's  delicate  skin"  [syn:  {delicate}] 
  5:  used  chiefly  as  a  direction  or  description  in  music;  "the 
  piano  passages  in  the  composition"  [syn:  {piano}]  [ant:  {forte}] 
  6:  used  of  beverages;  not  containing  alcohol;  "nonalcoholic 
  beverages";  "soft  drinks"  [syn:  {nonalcoholic}]  [ant:  {alcoholic}] 
  7:  of  speech  sounds;  characterized  by  a  hissing  or  hushing 
  sound  (as  `s'  and  `sh')  [ant:  {hard}] 
  8:  tolerant  or  lenient;  "indulgent  parents  risk  spoiling  their 
  children";  "procedures  are  lax  and  discipline  is  weak"; 
  "too  soft  on  the  children"  [syn:  {indulgent},  {lax},  {lenient}] 
  9:  having  little  impact;  "an  easy  pat  on  the  shoulder";  "gentle 
  rain";  "a  gentle  breeze";  "a  soft  (or  light)  tapping  at 
  the  window"  [syn:  {easy},  {gentle}] 
  10:  (informal)  not  burdensome  or  demanding;  borne  or  done  easily 
  and  without  hardship;  "what  a  cushy  job!";  "a  soft  job" 
  [syn:  {cushy}] 
  adv  :  (informal)  in  a  relaxed  manner;  or  without  hardship;  "just 
  wanted  to  take  it  easy"  (`soft'  is  nonstandard)  [syn:  {easy}] 




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