any admixture to a substance for promoting or increasing its softness, smoothness, or plasticity.
a person or thing that softens.
a substance added to another substance to increase its softness, pliability, or plasticity
a substance, such as a zeolite, for softening water
noun 1. renewable energy. renewable energy noun 1. any naturally occurring, theoretically inexhaustible source of energy, as biomass, solar, wind, tidal, wave, and hydroelectric power, that is not derived from fossil or nuclear fuel. renewable energy noun 1. another name for alternative energy noun See alternate energy See renewable resource
noun, Pathology. 1. a softening of the cerebrum, caused by impairment of the blood supply; encephalomalacia. 2. Informal. dementia associated with general paresis. softening of the brain noun 1. an abnormal softening of the tissues of the cerebrum characterized by various degrees of mental impairment
- Soften up
verb (adverb) 1. to make or become soft 2. (transitive) to weaken (an enemy’s defences) by shelling, bombing, etc 3. (transitive) to weaken the resistance of (a person) by persuasive talk, advances, etc Reduce resistance, as in His sales motto was: a fine lunch and a few drinks often will soften up a prospective customer. […]
adjective, Ichthyology. 1. having fins supported by articulated rays rather than by spines, as a malacopterygian. adjective 1. (of certain teleost fishes) having fins that are supported by flexible cartilaginous rays See also malacopterygian Compare spiny-finned