Soft
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.] 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. [1913 Webster]

2. Not rough, rugged, or harsh to the touch; smooth; delicate; fine; as, soft silk; a soft skin. [1913 Webster]

They that wear soft clothing are in king's houses. --Matt. xi. 8. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence, agreeable to feel, taste, or inhale; not irritating to the tissues; as, a soft liniment; soft wines. ``The soft, delicious air.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The sun, shining upon the upper part of the clouds . . . made the softest lights imaginable. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

5. Not harsh or rough in sound; gentle and pleasing to the ear; flowing; as, soft whispers of music. [1913 Webster]

Her voice was ever soft, Gentle, and low, -- an excellent thing in woman. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Soft were my numbers; who could take offense? --Pope. [1913 Webster]

6. Easily yielding; susceptible to influence; flexible; gentle; kind. [1913 Webster]

I would to God my heart were flint, like Edward's; Or Edward's soft and pitiful, like mine. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The meek or soft shall inherit the earth. --Tyndale. [1913 Webster]

7. Expressing gentleness, tenderness, or the like; mild; conciliatory; courteous; kind; as, soft eyes. [1913 Webster]

A soft answer turneth away wrath. --Prov. xv. 1. [1913 Webster]

A face with gladness overspread, Soft smiles, by human kindness bred. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

8. Effeminate; not courageous or manly, weak. [1913 Webster]

A longing after sensual pleasures is a dissolution of the spirit of a man, and makes it loose, soft, and wandering. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

9. Gentle in action or motion; easy. [1913 Webster]

On her soft axle, white she paces even, And bears thee soft with the smooth air along. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

10. Weak in character; impressible. [1913 Webster]

The deceiver soon found this soft place of Adam's. --Glanvill. [1913 Webster]

11. Somewhat weak in intellect. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

He made soft fellows stark noddies, and such as were foolish quite mad. --Burton. [1913 Webster]

12. Quiet; undisturbed; paceful; as, soft slumbers. [1913 Webster]

13. Having, or consisting of, a gentle curve or curves; not angular or abrupt; as, soft outlines. [1913 Webster]

14. Not tinged with mineral salts; adapted to decompose soap; as, soft water is the best for washing. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{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}. [1913 Webster]


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