soft: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (sôft, soft), [key]
— adj., n., adv., interj. -er, -est,
  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. easy; involving little effort; not difficult, laborious, trying, or severe: a soft job.
  17. 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:Cf. (def. 7). a soft tourist season.
  22. (of money) plentiful or available at low interest rates or on easy terms: a soft loan.
  23. soft-core.
    1. (of a metal) easily magnetized and demagnetized.
    2. (of solder) fusing readily.
    3. (of a metal or alloy) fully annealed, so as to provide minimum mechanical hardness.
    1. (of a photographic image) having delicate gradations of tone.
    2. (of a focus) lacking in sharpness.
    3. (of a lens) unable to be focused sharply.
    1. (of consonants) lenis, esp. lenis and voiced.
    2. (of c and g) pronounced as in cent and gem.
    3. (of consonants in Slavic languages) palatalized. Cf.hard(def. 38).
  24. (of a missile-launching base) aboveground and relatively unprotected from enemy attack.
  25. (of a landing of a space vehicle) gentle; not harmful to the vehicle or its contents: a soft landing on the moon.
  26. (of a beam of particles or electromagnetic radiation) having relatively low energy:Cf.(def. 40). soft x-rays.
  27. (of a delegate, voter, etc.) not committed to any one candidate.
  28. foolish or stupid: soft in the head.
  29. (of a detergent) readily biodegradable.
  30. to be amorously inclined toward a person; have an affection for: He's been soft on her for years.
  1. something that is soft or yielding; the soft part.
  2. softness.
  1. in a soft manner.
—interj. Archaic.
  1. be quiet! hush!
  2. not so fast! stop!
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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