adjective, softer, softest.
yielding readily to touch or pressure; easily penetrated, divided, or changed in shape; not hard or stiff:
a soft pillow.
relatively deficient in hardness, as metal or wood.
smooth and agreeable to the touch; not rough or coarse:
a soft fabric; soft skin.
producing agreeable sensations; pleasant or comfortable:
low or subdued in sound; gentle and melodious:
soft music; a soft voice.
not harsh or unpleasant to the eye; not glaring:
soft light; a soft color.
not hard or sharp:
gentle or mild:
genial or balmy, as climate or air.
gentle, mild, warm-hearted, or compassionate:
a soft, grandmotherly woman.
smooth, soothing, or ingratiating:
not harsh or severe, as a penalty or demand.
responsive or sympathetic to the feelings, emotions, needs, etc., of others; tender-hearted.
sentimental or flowery, as language:
soft, meaningless talk.
not strong or robust; delicate; incapable of great endurance or exertion:
He was too soft for the Marines.
Informal. easy; involving little effort; not difficult, laborious, trying, or severe:
a soft job.
Informal. easily influenced or swayed; easily imposed upon; impressionable.
lenient, permissive, or conciliatory, especially regarding something that is conceived of as dangerous or threatening:
to be soft on Communism.
(of water) relatively free from mineral salts that interfere with the action of soap.
(of paper money or a monetary system) not supported by sufficient gold reserves or not easily convertible into a foreign currency.
(of a market, market condition, or prices) declining in value, volume, profitability, etc.; weak:
a soft tourist season.
Compare firm1 (def 7).
(of money) plentiful or available at low interest rates or on easy terms:
a soft loan.
(of a metal) easily magnetized and demagnetized.
(of solder) fusing readily.
(of a metal or alloy) fully annealed, so as to provide minimum mechanical hardness.
(of a photographic image) having delicate gradations of tone.
(of a focus) lacking in sharpness.
(of a lens) unable to be focused sharply.
(of consonants) lenis, especially lenis and voiced.
(of c and g) pronounced as in cent and gem.
(of consonants in Slavic languages) palatalized.
Compare hard (def 38).
Military. (of a missile-launching base) aboveground and relatively unprotected from enemy attack.
Aerospace. (of a landing of a space vehicle) gentle; not harmful to the vehicle or its contents:
a soft landing on the moon.
Physics. (of a beam of particles or electromagnetic radiation) having relatively low energy:
Compare hard (def 40).
(of a delegate, voter, etc.) not committed to any one candidate.
foolish or stupid:
soft in the head.
(of a detergent) readily biodegradable.
something that is soft or yielding; the soft part.
in a soft manner.
be quiet! hush!
not so fast! stop!
be soft on someone, Informal. to be amorously inclined toward a person; have an affection for:
He’s been soft on her for years.
the quality or an instance of being soft
(metallurgy) the tendency of a metal to distort easily See brittleness (sense 2), toughness (sense 2)
easy to dent, work, or cut without shattering; malleable
not hard; giving little or no resistance to pressure or weight
fine, light, smooth, or fluffy to the touch
(of music, sounds, etc) low and pleasing
(of light, colour, etc) not excessively bright or harsh
(of a breeze, climate, etc) temperate, mild, or pleasant
(dialect) drizzly or rainy: a soft day, the weather has turned soft
slightly blurred; not sharply outlined: soft focus
(of a diet) consisting of easily digestible foods
kind or lenient, often excessively so
easy to influence or impose upon
prepared to compromise; not doctrinaire: the soft left
(informal) feeble or silly; simple (often in the phrase soft in the head)
unable to endure hardship, esp through too much pampering
physically out of condition; flabby: soft muscles
loving; tender: soft words
(informal) requiring little exertion; easy: a soft job
(chem) (of water) relatively free of mineral salts and therefore easily able to make soap lather
(of a drug such as cannabis) nonaddictive or only mildly addictive Compare hard (sense 19)
(of news coverage) concentrating on trivial stories or those with human interest
an older word for lenis
(not in technical usage) denoting the consonants c and g in English when they are pronounced as palatal or alveolar fricatives or affricates (s, / dʒ /, / ʃ /, / ð /, / tʃ /) before e and i, rather than as velar stops (k, g)
(in the Slavonic languages) palatalized before a front vowel or a special character (soft sign) written as Ь
unprotected against attack: a soft target
(military) unarmoured, esp as applied to a truck by comparison with a tank
(finance, mainly US) (of prices, a market, etc) unstable and tending to decline
(of a currency) in relatively little demand, esp because of a weak balance of payments situation
(of radiation, such as X-rays and ultraviolet radiation) having low energy and not capable of deep penetration of materials
(physics) (of valves or tubes) only partially evacuated
related to the performance of non-specific, undefinable tasks: soft skills such as customer services and office support
soft on, soft about
gentle, sympathetic, or lenient towards
feeling affection or infatuation for
in a soft manner: to speak soft
a soft object, part, or piece
(informal) See softie
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- Soft option
noun 1. in a number of choices, the one considered to be easy or the easiest to do, involving the least difficulty or exertion
noun 1. See under palate (def 1). noun 1. Anatomy. the roof of the mouth, consisting of an anterior bony portion (hard palate) and a posterior muscular portion (soft palate) that separate the oral cavity from the nasal cavity. 2. the sense of taste: a dinner to delight the palate. 3. intellectual or aesthetic taste; […]
noun 1. any of a variety of artificial porcelains, usually incorporating glass or glass ingredients. noun 1. artificial porcelain made from clay, bone ash, etc (as modifier): softpaste porcelain
verb (used without object), soft-pedaled, soft-pedaling or (especially British) soft-pedalled, soft-pedalling. 1. to use the soft pedal. verb (used with object), soft-pedaled, soft-pedaling or (especially British) soft-pedalled, soft-pedalling. 2. to soften the sound of by using the soft pedal. 3. Informal. to tone or play down; make less strong, as an idea or fact: The […]