Hypertext Webster Gateway: "soft"

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.

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?

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.

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

{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.

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) 1.7 (wn)

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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