Crossword clues for soft
- Piano, on a music score
- Like decalcified water
- Like blackjack hands with an ace counted as 11
- Like a cashmere sweater
- Type of shell or sell
- Kind of touch
- Like brie
- Kind of soap
- Word with spot or soap
- "Nature's ___ nurse": Shak.
- Word with spoken or hearted
- Out of shape
- Not like the pre-ghosts Scrooge
- Easily swayed
- Yielding readily to pressure
- Like some ice cream
- "Piano," literally
- Like some political support
- "Quiet!," to Shakespeare
- Like 22-Down pillows
- Not strict
- Easily molded
- Hardly hard
- Quick to yield
- Partly melted
- Low on the Mohs scale
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Soft \Soft\ (s[o^]ft; 115), a. [Compar. Softer (s[o^]ft"[~e]r); superl. Softest.] [OE. softe, AS. s[=o]fte, properly adv. of s[=e]fte, adj.; akin to OS. s[=a]fto, adv., D. zacht, OHG. samfto, adv., semfti, adj., G. sanft, LG. sacht; of uncertain origin.]
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.
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.
Hence, agreeable to feel, taste, or inhale; not irritating to the tissues; as, a soft liniment; soft wines. ``The soft, delicious air.''
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.
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.
Soft were my numbers; who could take offense?
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.
The meek or soft shall inherit the earth.
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.
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.
Gentle in action or motion; easy.
On her soft axle, white she paces even, And bears thee soft with the smooth air along.
Weak in character; impressible.
The deceiver soon found this soft place of Adam's.
Somewhat weak in intellect. [Colloq.]
He made soft fellows stark noddies, and such as were foolish quite mad.
Quiet; undisturbed; paceful; as, soft slumbers.
Having, or consisting of, a gentle curve or curves; not angular or abrupt; as, soft outlines.
Not tinged with mineral salts; adapted to decompose soap; as, soft water is the best for washing.
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.
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 tortoise (Zo["o]l.), any river tortoise of the genus Trionyx. See Trionyx.
Soft \Soft\, n.
A soft or foolish person; an idiot. [Colloq.]
Soft \Soft\, adv.
Softly; without roughness or harshness; gently; quietly.
A knight soft riding toward them.
Soft \Soft\, interj. Be quiet; hold; stop; not so fast.
Soft, you; a word or two before you go.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English softe, earlier sefte, "gentle, mild-natured; easeful, comfortable, calm, undisturbed; luxurious," from West Germanic *samfti, from Proto-Germanic *samftijaz "level, even, smooth, gentle, soft" (cognates: Old Saxon safti, Old High German semfti, German sanft; and from a variant form with -ch- for -f-, Middle Dutch sachte, Dutch zacht, German sacht), from root *som- "fitting, agreeable."\n
\nFrom c.1200 of material things, "not stiff, not coarse, fine; yielding to weight." From late 14c. of wind, rain, etc. Of sounds, "quiet, not loud," from early 13c. Of words, "mild, restrained; courteous" mid-14c. From late 14c. as "indulgent," also "physically feeble; easily overcome, lacking manly courage." From 1755 of water ("relatively free from mineral salts"), from 1789 of coal. Meaning "foolish, simple, silly" is attested from 1620s; earlier "easily moved or swayed; soft-hearted, sympathetic; docile" (early 13c.). In reference to drinks, "non-alcoholic" from 1880. As an adverb, Old English softe "gently;" late 13c. as "quietly." As an interjection from 1540s.\n
\nSoft landing is from 1958 and the U.S. space program. Adjective soft-core (in reference to pornography) is from 1966 (see hardcore). Soft rock as a music style is attested from 1969. Soft sell is from 1955. Soft-shoe as a dancing style is attested from 1927. Soft-boiled is from 1757 of eggs; of persons, ideas, etc., 1930 (compare half-baked). Soft-focus (adj.) of camera shots is from 1917. The softer sex "women collectively" is from 1640s.
a. 1 Easily giving way under pressure. 2 (context of cloth or similar material English) Smooth and flexible; not rough, rugged, or harsh. 3 Gentle. 4 Expressing gentleness or tenderness; mild; conciliatory; courteous; kind. 5 Gentle in action or motion; easy. 6 Weak in character; impressible. 7 Requiring little or no effort; easy. 8 Not bright or intense. 9 (context of a road intersection English) Having an acute angle. 10 (context of a sound English) Quiet. 11 (context linguistics English) voiced, sonant 12 (context linguistics rare English) voiceless 13 (context linguistics Slavic languages English) palatalized 14 (context slang English) Lacking strength or resolve, wimpy. 15 (context of water English) Low in dissolved calcium compounds. 16 (context UK colloquial English) foolish. 17 (context physics English) Of a ferromagnetic material; a material that becomes essentially non magnetic when an external magnetic field is removed, a material with a low magnetic coercivity. (compare hard) 18 (context of a person English) Physically or emotionally weak. 19 Incomplete, or temporary; not a full action. 20 (context UK of a man English) effeminate. 21 Agreeable to the senses. 22 Not harsh or offensive to the sight; not glaring or jagged; pleasing to the eye. adv. (lb en obsolete) Softly; without roughness or harshness; gently; quietly. interj. (context archaic English) Be quiet; hold; stop; not so fast. n. A soft or foolish person; an idiot.
adv. in a relaxed manner; or without hardship; "just wanted to take it easy" (`soft' is nonstandard) [syn: easy]
adj. lacking in hardness relatively or comparatively [ant: hard]
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]
of sound; relatively low in volume; "soft voices"; "soft music" [ant: loud]
easily hurt; "soft hands"; "a baby's delicate skin" [syn: delicate]
of speech sounds; characterized by a hissing or hushing sound (as `s' and `sh') [ant: hard]
not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship; "what a cushy job!"; "a soft job" [syn: cushy]
Soft or SOFT may refer to:
- Soft matter, various states of matter with low resistance to external force
- Soft magnetic material is a magnetic material with low coercivity
- Soft skills, a sociological term relating to a person's emotional intelligence
- Softs, soft commodities
Soft is an American indie rock band from New York City.
Soft is an album by Dan Bodan released by DFA Records on 27 October 2014.
Usage examples of "soft".
The skin of this young creature, from continual ablutions and the use of mollifying ointments, was inconceivably smooth and soft.
She noticed that he wore his soft brown hat carelessly on the side of his head and that his accent was flat.
Then someone was helping her, telling her in some strange accent to bring him in here, hands guiding her shoulders, leading her into a tent with a soft glow of lamplight.
The mist became a light, steady rain, and as Ace rode along, a soft patter filled the stillness of aspen and pine.
She ached to be outside in the fresh air, to be dressed in her oldest jeans, turning over spades full of soft loamy earth, feeling the excitement and pleasure of siting the bulbs, of allowing her imagination to paint for her the colourful picture they would make in the spring, in their uniform beds set among lawn pathways and bordered by a long deep border of old-fashioned perennial plants.
I petitioned for a cup of chill aconite, My descent to awful Hades had been soft, for now must I go With the curse by father Zeus cast on ambition immoderate.
Coca-Cola story, telling of a pharmacological tycoon who invents a soft drink containing a mysterious, addictive stimulant.
He was thinking of something so widely different, being seated, in fact, just opposite to Sara, who, fresh from her afternoon sleep, was looking adorably pensive in her black dress edged with a soft white frill that took a heart-shaped curve in front, just wide enough to show the exquisite hollow in the lower part of her throat.
He strokes the soft curling hair once more before lifting the adz, then grins as he realizes his fingers have left a faint black shadow on the kid.
Who, soothed to false repose by the fanning plumes above And the music-stirring motion of its soft and busy feet, Dream visions of aereal joy, and call the monster, Love, And wake, and find the shadow Pain, as he whom now we greet.
Bel, the present duchess of Hawkscliffe, considered one of the most ravishing women in Society, wore a gown of soft rose silk with long sleeves of transparent aerophane crepe.
To drag a cloud of white aerophane behind her over a thick, soft carpet, with three eligible young men in full contemplation of her peerless beauty, was as delicious as though she had been an actress receiving an overwhelming ovation.
From across the cell Alec heard the soft, sickening snap of joints separating.
When Alec was certain he was soundly asleep this time, he fell into his own bed, only to be awakened a second time by the sound of soft voices.
Spreading his toes out for balance, Alec blinked up at her and gave a soft hoot.