soft

soft [sôft, säft]
adj.
[ME < OE softe, gentle, quiet < sefte, akin to Ger sanft < IE base * sem-, together, together with > SMOOTH, SAME: basic sense “fitting, friendly, suited to”]
1. giving way easily under pressure, as a feather pillow or moist clay
2. easily cut, marked, shaped, or worn away, as pine wood or pure gold
3. not hard for its kind; not as hard as is normal, desirable, etc. [soft butter]
4. smooth or fine to the touch; not rough, harsh, or coarse
5.
a) bland; not acid, sour, or sharp
b) easy to digest because free from roughage: said of a diet
6. nonalcoholic: said of drinks
7. having in solution few or none of the mineral salts that interfere with the lathering and cleansing properties of soap: said of water
8. mild, gentle, or temperate, as a breeze, the weather, climate, etc.
9.
a) weak or delicate; not strong or vigorous; esp., not able to endure hardship, as because of easy living
b) having flabby muscles
10. requiring little effort; easy [a soft job]
11.
a) kind or gentle, esp. to the point of weakness; lenient or compassionate
b) easily impressed, influenced, or imposed upon
12. not bright, intense, or glaring; subdued: said of color or light
13. showing little contrast or distinctness; not sharp in lines, tones, focus, etc., as a photograph
14. gentle; low; not loud or harsh: said of sound
15. based on data from interviews, surveys, etc., rather than from controlled, repeatable experiments [soft evidence, soft sciences such as sociology]
16. replenished by nature, or capable of being used with relatively little damage to the natural environment [solar power is a soft energy source]
17. providing information other than the basic facts of a news story [features are soft news]
18. Finance
a) unstable and declining: said of a market, prices, etc.
b) not readily accepted as foreign exchange: said of certain currencies
c) having very favorable terms: said of a loan
19. Mil. above ground and vulnerable: said of targets or bases
20. Phonet.
a) designating c sounded as in voice or g sounded as in age
b) voiced
c) palatalized, as certain consonants in Slavic languages are: not used in these ways as a technical term by phoneticians
21. Radiology of low penetrating power: said of X-rays
adv.
softly; gently; quietly
n.
something soft
interj.
Archaic
1. be quiet; hush
2. slow up; stop
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be soft on
1. to treat gently
2. to feel affectionate or amorous toward
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soft in the head
stupid or foolish
softly
adv.
softness
n.
SYN.- SOFT, in this connotation, implies an absence or reduction of all that is harsh, rough, too intense, etc., so as to be pleasing to the senses [soft colors, a soft voice ]; BLAND implies such an absence of irritation, stimulation, pungency, etc. in something as to make it soothing, unexciting, and hence, sometimes, uninteresting [bland foods, climate, etc. ]; MILD applies to that which is not as rough, harsh, irritating, etc. as it might be [a mild cigarette, criticism, etc. ]; GENTLE, often equivalent to MILD, carries a more positive connotation of being pleasantly soothing or tranquil [a gentle breeze, voice, etc. ] -ANT. HARSH, ROUGH

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