/sawft, soft/, adj., softer, softest, n., adv., interj.adj.1. yielding readily to touch or pressure; easily penetrated, divided, or changed in shape; not hard or stiff: a soft pillow.2. relatively deficient in hardness, as metal or wood.3. smooth and agreeable to the touch; not rough or coarse: a soft fabric; soft skin.4. producing agreeable sensations; pleasant or comfortable: soft slumber.5. low or subdued in sound; gentle and melodious: soft music; a soft voice.6. not harsh or unpleasant to the eye; not glaring: soft light; a soft color.7. not hard or sharp: soft outlines.8. gentle or mild: soft breezes.9. genial or balmy, as climate or air.10. gentle, mild, warm-hearted, or compassionate: a soft, grandmotherly woman.11. smooth, soothing, or ingratiating: soft words.12. not harsh or severe, as a penalty or demand.13. responsive or sympathetic to the feelings, emotions, needs, etc., of others; tender-hearted.14. sentimental or flowery, as language: soft, meaningless talk.15. not strong or robust; delicate; incapable of great endurance or exertion: He was too soft for the Marines.16. Informal. easy; involving little effort; not difficult, laborious, trying, or severe: a soft job.17. Informal. easily influenced or swayed; easily imposed upon; impressionable.18. lenient, permissive, or conciliatory, esp. regarding something that is conceived of as dangerous or threatening: to be soft on Communism.19. (of water) relatively free from mineral salts that interfere with the action of soap.20. (of paper money or a monetary system) not supported by sufficient gold reserves or not easily convertible into a foreign currency.21. (of a market, market condition, or prices) declining in value, volume, profitability, etc.; weak: a soft tourist season. Cf. firm1 (def. 7).22. (of money) plentiful or available at low interest rates or on easy terms: a soft loan.23. soft-core.24. Metall.a. (of a metal) easily magnetized and demagnetized.b. (of solder) fusing readily.c. (of a metal or alloy) fully annealed, so as to provide minimum mechanical hardness.25. Photog.a. (of a photographic image) having delicate gradations of tone.b. (of a focus) lacking in sharpness.c. (of a lens) unable to be focused sharply.26. Phonet.a. (of consonants) lenis, esp. lenis and voiced.27. Mil. (of a missile-launching base) aboveground and relatively unprotected from enemy attack.28. Aerospace. (of a landing of a space vehicle) gentle; not harmful to the vehicle or its contents: a soft landing on the moon.29. Physics. (of a beam of particles or electromagnetic radiation) having relatively low energy: soft x-rays. Cf. hard (def. 40).30. (of a delegate, voter, etc.) not committed to any one candidate.31. foolish or stupid: soft in the head.32. (of a detergent) readily biodegradable.33. be soft on someone, Informal. to be amorously inclined toward a person; have an affection for: He's been soft on her for years.n.34. something that is soft or yielding; the soft part.35. softness.adv.36. in a soft manner.interj. Archaic.37. be quiet! hush!38. not so fast! stop![bef. 1000; ME softe yielding, gentle, mild, OE softe agreeable; c. G sanft]Syn. 1. pliable, plastic, malleable. 5. mellifluous, dulcet, sweet. 10. tender, sympathetic. 11. mollifying. 15. weak, feeble. 17. compliant, irresolute, submissive.
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