- The definition of soft is something that is pleasant to touch and is easy to mold, shape, change or compress, soft can also be used to describe someone or something that is calm and gentle.
An example of something that would be described as soft is a feather pillow.
- giving way easily under pressure, as a feather pillow or moist clay
- easily cut, marked, shaped, or worn away, as pine wood or pure gold
- not hard for its kind; not as hard as is normal, desirable, etc.: soft butter
- smooth or fine to the touch; not rough, harsh, or coarse
- bland; not acid, sour, or sharp
- easy to digest because free from roughage: said of a diet
- nonalcoholic: said of drinks
- having in solution few or none of the mineral salts that interfere with the lathering and cleansing properties of soap: said of water
- mild, gentle, or temperate, as a breeze, the weather, climate, etc.
- weak or delicate; not strong or vigorous; esp., not able to endure hardship, as because of easy living
- having flabby muscles
- requiring little effort; easy: a soft job
- kind or gentle, esp. to the point of weakness; lenient or compassionate
- easily impressed, influenced, or imposed upon
- not bright, intense, or glaring; subdued: said of color or light
- showing little contrast or distinctness; not sharp in lines, tones, focus, etc., as a photograph
- gentle; low; not loud or harsh: said of sound
- based on data from interviews, surveys, etc., rather than from controlled, repeatable experiments: soft evidence, soft sciences such as sociology
- replenished by nature, or capable of being used with relatively little damage to the natural environment: solar power is a soft energy source
- providing information other than the basic facts of a news story: features are soft news
- unstable and declining: said of a market, prices, etc.
- not readily accepted as foreign exchange: said of certain currencies
- having very favorable terms: said of a loan
- Mil. above ground and vulnerable: said of targets or bases
- Phonet.: not used in these ways as a technical term by phoneticians
- designating c sounded as in voice or g sounded as in age
- palatalized, as certain consonants in Slavic languages are
- Radiology of low penetrating power: said of X-rays
Origin: Middle English from Old English softe, gentle, quiet from sefte, akin to German sanft from Indo-European base an unverified form sem-, together, together with from source smooth, same: basic sense “fitting, friendly, suited to”
- be quiet; hush
- slow up; stop
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adjective soft·er, soft·est
- a. Easily molded, cut, or worked.b. Yielding readily to pressure or weight.
- Out of condition; flabby.
- Smooth or fine to the touch: a soft fabric.
- a. Not loud, harsh, or irritating: a soft voice.b. Not brilliant or glaring; subdued: soft colors.
- Not sharply drawn or delineated: soft charcoal shading; a scene filmed in soft focus.
- Mild; balmy: a soft breeze.
- a. Of a gentle disposition; tender.b. Affectionate: a soft glance.c. Attracted or emotionally involved: He has been soft on her for years.d. Not stern; lenient.e. Lacking strength of character; weak.f. Informal Simple-minded; foolish.
- a. Informal Easy: a soft job.b. Based on conciliation or negotiation rather than on threats or power plays: took a soft line toward their opponents.c. Gradually declining in trend; not firm: a soft economy; a soft computer market.
- Informal and entertaining without confronting difficult issues or hard facts: limited the discussion to soft topics.
- Using or based on data that is not readily quantifiable or amenable to experimental verification or refutation: The lawyer downplayed the soft evidence.
- Being a turn in a specific direction at an angle less acute than other possible routes: a soft right.
- Of or relating to a paper currency as distinct from a hard currency backed by gold.
- Having low dissolved mineral content.
- Having a low or lower power of penetration: soft x-rays.
- Linguistics a. Sibilant rather than guttural, as c in certain and g in gem.b. Voiced and weakly articulated: a soft consonant.c. Palatalized, as certain consonants in Slavic languages.
- Unprotected against or vulnerable to attack: a soft target.
Origin: Middle English, pleasant, calm, from Old English sōfte.
- softˈly adverb
- softˈness noun
soft - Computer Definition
Flexible and changeable, as in "software," which can be reprogrammed for different results. The computer's soft nature is its greatest virtue; however, the reason it takes so long to get new systems developed in an enterprise has little to do with the concept. It is based on which software tools are used to create the systems and the skill level of the technical staff, compounded by the organization's bureaucracy.
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soft - Phrases/Idioms
be soft on
- to treat gently
- to feel affectionate or amorous toward
soft in the head
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