Soft meaning

sôft, sŏft
Smooth or fine to the touch.

A soft fabric; soft fur.

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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.

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Softcore.
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Easily cut, marked, shaped, or worn away, as pine wood or pure gold.
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Not hard for its kind; not as hard as is normal, desirable, etc.

Soft butter.

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Unprotected against or vulnerable to attack.

A soft target.

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In a soft manner; gently.
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Giving way easily under pressure, as a feather pillow or moist clay.
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Smooth or fine to the touch; not rough, harsh, or coarse.
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Nonalcoholic.
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Having in solution few or none of the mineral salts that interfere with the lathering and cleansing properties of soap.
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Mild, gentle, or temperate, as a breeze, the weather, climate, etc.
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Requiring little effort; easy.

A soft job.

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Softly; gently; quietly.
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Something soft.
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Be quiet; hush.
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Out of condition; flabby.

Got soft sitting at a desk all day.

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Mild; balmy.

A soft breeze.

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Being a turn in a specific direction at an angle less acute than other possible routes.

A soft right.

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Having a low or lower power of penetration.

Soft x-rays.

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Showing, or done with, little force or strength.

A soft, underhand toss.

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Based on data from interviews, surveys, etc., rather than from controlled, repeatable experiments.

Soft evidence.

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Replenished by nature, or capable of being used with relatively little damage to the natural environment.

Solar power is a soft energy source.

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Designating news reports concerned with relatively trivial or less serious subjects or events.
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Above ground and vulnerable.
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Of low penetrating power.
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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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Easily giving way under pressure.

My head sank easily into the soft pillow.

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(of cloth or similar material) Smooth and flexible; not rough, rugged, or harsh.

Polish the silver with a soft cloth to avoid scratching.

Soft silk; a soft skin.

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Gentle.

There was a soft breeze blowing.

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Expressing gentleness or tenderness; mild; conciliatory; courteous; kind.

Soft eyes.

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Gentle in action or motion; easy.
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Weak in character; impressible.
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Requiring little or no effort; easy.

A soft job.

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Not bright or intense.

Soft lighting.

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(of a road intersection) Having an acute angle.

At the intersection, there are two roads going to the left. Take the soft left.

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(of a sound) Quiet.

I could hear the soft rustle of the leaves in the trees.

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(linguistics) Voiced, sonant.

DH represents the voiced (soft) th of English these clothes. "” The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien.

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(linguistics, rare) Voiceless.
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(linguistics, Slavic languages) Palatalized.
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(slang) Lacking strength or resolve, wimpy.

When it comes to drinking, he is as soft as they come.

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(of water) Low in dissolved calcium compounds.

You won't need as much soap, as the water here is very soft.

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(UK, colloquial) Foolish.
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(physics) 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)
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(of a person) Physically or emotionally weak.
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Incomplete, or temporary; not a full action.

The admin imposed a soft block/ban on the user or a soft lock on the article.

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(UK, of a man) Effeminate.
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Agreeable to the senses.

A soft liniment.

Soft wines.

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Not harsh or offensive to the sight; not glaring or jagged; pleasing to the eye.

Soft colours.

The soft outline of the snow-covered hill.

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(archaic) Be quiet; hold; stop; not so fast.
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(obsolete) Softly; without roughness or harshness; gently; quietly.
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A soft or foolish person; an idiot.

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Formerly commonly used in the names of software houses.
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Not sharply drawn or delineated.

Soft charcoal shading; a scene filmed in soft focus.

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Informal and entertaining without confronting difficult issues or hard facts.

Limited the discussion to soft topics.

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Using or based on data that is not readily quantifiable or amenable to experimental verification or refutation.

The lawyer downplayed the soft evidence.

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Of or relating to a paper currency as distinct from a hard currency backed by gold.
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Having low dissolved mineral content.

Soft water.

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Not bright, intense, or glaring; subdued.
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Showing little contrast or distinctness; not sharp in lines, tones, focus, etc., as a photograph.
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Gentle; low; not loud or harsh.
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Slow up; stop.
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be soft on
  • To treat gently.
  • To feel affectionate or amorous toward.
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soft in the head
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of soft

  • Middle English pleasant, calm from Old English sōfte
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English softe (“soft, easy, gentle, yielding"), from Old English sōfte, alteration of earlier sÄ“fte (“soft, gentle, easy, comfortable"), from Proto-Germanic *samftijaz (“level, even, smooth, soft, gentle"), from *sōmiz (“agreeable, fitting"), from Proto-Indo-European *sem- (“one, whole"). Cognate with Dutch zacht (“soft"), German sanft (“soft, yielding"), Old Norse sÅ“mr (“agreeable, fitting"), Old Norse samr (“same"). More at seem, same.
    From Wiktionary
  • From Wiktionary