gentleness

Definitions

  • "They butted each other gently."
    "They butted each other gently."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gentleness acting in a manner that is gentle and mild and even-tempered "his fingers have learned gentleness","suddenly her gigantic power melted into softness for the baby","even in the pulpit there are moments when mildness of manner is not enough"
    • n gentleness the property possessed by a slope that is very gradual
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Breaking it Gently Breaking it Gently
Gentle Satire Gentle Satire
He drew off the crowns very gently, and put the nightcaps on their heads instead He drew off the crowns very gently, and put the nightcaps on their heads instead
Gently stroking her head as her mother used to do Gently stroking her head as her mother used to do
Romulus and Remus discovered by a gentle shepherd Romulus and Remus discovered by a gentle shepherd

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gentleness The quality or state of being gentle, well-born, mild, benevolent, docile, etc.; gentility; softness of manners, disposition, etc.; mildness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gentleness The condition of being gentle or of good birth; gentility.
    • n gentleness The state or quality of being gentle in manners or disposition; mildness of temper; sweetness of disposition; kindness; tenderness.
    • n gentleness Softness; freedom from roughness; mildness; delicacy: as, gentleness of touch.
    • n gentleness Ease; gradualness; absence of abruptness or steepness: as, the gentleness of an elevation or a slope.
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Quotations

  • Lydia M. Child
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    “Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!”
  • J. Masai
    J. Masai
    “Feelings are everywhere -- be gentle.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”
  • Han Suyin
    Han Suyin
    “There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness.”
  • George Herbert
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    “Throw away thy rod, throw away thy wrath; O my God, take the gentle path.”
  • C. S. Lewis
    C.%20S.%20Lewis
    “The safest road to hell is the gradual one -- the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”

Usage

In literature:

The gentle grafter nestles in our midst.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
The arms that raised him were gentle enough.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
Foyle rose and touched him gently on the shoulder.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
We had been mounting gently all the time from our last camp.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
In some it is wealth, in others it is goodness; some go on speaking in their cruelty, others in their gentleness.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
Drawing near to Luke, he took him gently by the arm.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Poons crept softly out of the room and closed the door gently after him.
"The Music Master" by Charles Klein
A thousand thanks, my gentle one.
"Romola" by George Eliot
His gentle and devoted spirit won, not merely the friendship of the Indians, but their ardent affections.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Put the vegetable water over a gentle heat.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management" by Ministry of Education
Rose turned and gently kissed her cheek, and Agnes touched her hand caressingly.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
It conquered Daniel; it made him gentle.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Wilhelmine listened attentively for some half-hour, then gently pushed aside the covering and noiselessly unlatched the door.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
In all the world there was no breast freer from ill temper than hers; no heart more gentle, tender, and trustful.
"A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties" by Charles Major
It was low, gentle, imploring.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Every word, every gentle intention on his part made her realize her own shortcomings more fully.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
He called gently, and the animal responded with a whimper, but remained where it was.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
The hard rope wounds her tender hands and vexes her gentle soul.
"Rossmoyne" by Unknown
He could be so gentle and winning in his manner at times, one forgot he was an Indian.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
Very gently he leaned forward and touched her hand but she as gently shook her head in negation.
"The Song of the Wolf" by Frank Mayer
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In poetry:

She is the gentle Goddess
Who rules the dreams of youth;
Her wonderful sweet stories
Are truer than the truth.
"Muses" by Victor James Daley
Speed the voyager returning;
His shall be a welcome warm,
With the Rose of Minnesota
Gently resting on his arm.
"Two Roses" by Hattie Howard
DON TOMMASO.
Watch thou and wait.
A slight reproof might now suffice the child,
Tame as a bird unto a gentle voice.
"The Spagnoletto. Act III" by Emma Lazarus
Oh, gentle breast to pity me!
Oh, lovely Ladye Emily!
Till death—till death I'll think of thee—
Of thee and Nora!
"My Nora" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Was it that she beside me stood,
Like some one from above,
And sent through all my rougher mood
The gentleness of love?
"The Bridge" by Alexander Anderson
There are gentle bosoms swelling
With all motions pure and kind,
That unceasingly are welling
Solace to the weary mind.
"Reality" by Walter Richard Cassels

In news:

She knows her basic commands and walks well on a gentle leader.
He takes treats gently and loves to have his head massaged.
Gentle- giant star Michael Clarke Duncan dead at 54.
It was a summer night, but gentle — not the sweaty, uncomfortable kind that July and August will bring.
In preparation for this event, the Community Center is asking residents to donate "gently worn" clothing for children and teens.
Jalen Edwards, gently strokes Jake, a Golden Retriever , who came to visit him in his hospital bed.
George Lindsey, best known for his portrayal as the dense but gentle " Goober Pyle" on 'The Andy Griffith Show,' has died after suffering from a brief illness.
Limited-time Gouda , 'gently used' wine glasses and fizzy summer wine.
But the memories of fresh gooseberries and cow's milk – and a gentle family member – are still vivid.
A Christmas Carol Since 1988, the Alley Theatre has gently reminded Houstonians of the true meaning of Christmas with a lovely rendition of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol.
Autumn's a great time to fall for apple appeal, with cooler temperatures setting the stage for the fruit to star in gently steaming pies and alongside fragrant roasts.
Donations of "gently used" clothing, kitchen items, furnitue and toys are needed by Goodwill.
A therapy that combines mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga may help soothe symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, a small clinical trial suggests.
He was a kind and gentle soul whose life ended suddenly on June 28, 2012.
The recent death of Dawn Brancheau at Orlando's Sea World Park at the jaws of Tilikum, a 30 year old male killer whale , shocks the sensibilities of those that view killer whale s as intelligent but gentle giants.
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In science:

In contrast, the predictions from GENTLE and KORALW are more than 2% too high with respect to the measurements.
A Combination of Preliminary Electroweak Measurements and Constraints on the Standard Model
The main differences between these two sets of predictions come from nonleading O(α) electroweak radiative corrections to the W-pair production process, which are included (in the LPA/DPA approximation [124]) in both YFSWW and RACOONWW, but not in GENTLE and KORALW.
A Combination of Preliminary Electroweak Measurements and Constraints on the Standard Model
Far from the magnetar surface, where B15 ≪ 1, a lower γ would be needed for resonant scattering, and the observed non-thermal X-ray spectrum can be attributed to more gentle inverse-Compton boosting at high latitudes (Thompson, in preparation).
Coherent Emission from Magnetars
The inner radio lobes are aligned with depressions in the X-ray surface brightness and there is no evidence of shock heating in the X-ray emission immediately surrounding the inner radio lobes, suggesting that the radio plasma has gently pushed aside the X-ray emitting gas.
On the influence of radio galaxies on cooling flows: M87 and Cygnus A
Then it gently decreases and vanishes at a critical value nc .
Carrier States and Ferromagnetism in Diluted Magnetic Semiconductors
For example, SNO faced difficult challenges, detecting a charged-current signal that exhibits only gentle angular variation (1- cos(θ/3)) and a nonspecific neutral current signal, single neutrons.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake
Todd Eisworth, Peter Nyikos, and Saharon Shelah, Gently kil ling S -spaces, Israel J.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
When we gently pour a powder-water mixture into a container and leave it undisturbed during the drying process, a random, isotropic fracture pattern is formed.
Memory effect on the formation of drying cracks
The main differences between these two sets of predictions come from non-leading O(α) electroweak radiative corrections to the W-pair production process and non-factorisable corrections, which are included (in the LPA/DPA approximation [138]) in both YFSWW and RACOONWW, but not in GENTLE and KORALW.
A Combination of Preliminary Electroweak Measurements and Constraints on the Standard Model
When a Au or Ag wire is broken gently, a thin neck is being formed between the two contact leads.
Oxygen enhanced atomic chain formation
The main differences between these two sets of predictions come from non-leading O(α) electroweak radiative corrections to the W-pair production process and non-factorisable corrections, which are included (in the LPA/DPA approximation ) in both YFSWW and RACOONWW, but not in GENTLE and KORALW.
A Combination of Preliminary Electroweak Measurements and Constraints on the Standard Model
When there are no steps of height > 1, i.e., if hE (i) ≤ hE (i + 1) + 1 for all i, we say that E is gentle.
Limit linear systems and applications
We call this topology the (Id )-topology. A linearly topologized ring is said to be gentle if it has a countable basis of open ideals.
Non-adic formal schemes
Definition 5.4. A pro-ob ject of any category is said to be gentle if it is isomorphic in the procategory to a pro-ob ject indexed by a countable directed set, or equivalently to one indexed by N.
Non-adic formal schemes
From Proposition 5.3 and the construction of the pro jective limit, every gentle and Mittag-Leffler proring is mild, and every gentle and Mittag-Leffler A-promodule for a mild proring A is mild.
Non-adic formal schemes
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