soft water

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n soft water water that is not hard (does not contain mineral salts that interfere with the formation of lather with soap)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Although the outsides of a bone are hard, they are generally light and soft inside. They are about 75% water
    • Soft water water not impregnated with lime or mineral salts.
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Usage

In literature:

It is a good rule to immerse the pots or pans in a vessel containing soft water, slightly tepid.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
Merefleet set down the water noiselessly, and went softly out into the summer dusk.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
The water-rat jumps into the stream with a soft plash, and his black body scuttles along to the opposite bank.
"Lost Leaders" by Andrew Lang
The long red trail faded off the waters, and the soft colours out of the sky.
"Carette of Sark" by John Oxenham
Softly, like the first glance of moonlight on the dark waters, a smile is seen on that kind face.
"Aunt Phillis's Cabin" by Mary H. Eastman
The water swept softly past the hull; the extremities of the vessel were lost in a blur of black.
"Dan Merrithew" by Lawrence Perry
Boil until a soft ball forms when dropped into ice-water.
"Food and Health" by Anonymous
Heated to the boiling point of water it becomes soft and flexible.
"Creative Chemistry" by Edwin E. Slosson
They entered a boat and crossed the water, landing speedily on the soft, damp islet sward.
"Atmâ" by Caroline Augusta Frazer
Caleb, empty this and get some soft water from the old butt by the back door.
"The Astonishing History of Troy Town" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Such water is not so good to drink, or for use in cooking, as soft water.
"First Book in Physiology and Hygiene" by J.H. Kellogg
He opened the door softly and went on tiptoe to the water pitcher.
"General Scott" by General Marcus J. Wright
Bruise and squeeze the juice out of common chick-weed, and to this juice add three times its quantity of soft water.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
The soft lapping of the water made her drowsy, and she slipped to the sand, leaned her head against the wall and closed her eyes.
"Lucia Rudini" by Martha Trent
The soft crack of a duck-gun came to their ears from far off among the tamarisk bushes beside the green-grey waters.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
Such pure water is called soft water.
"The Chemistry of Hat Manufacturing" by Watson Smith
Bully sprinkled water on the dry earth and made it soft so the flowers could come through more easily.
"Bully and Bawly No-Tail" by Howard R. Garis
The cook was drawing water from the well, and that soft sad note lifted his eyes to the turret.
"The Lady of Fort St. John" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Then I found a "soft-water" pond hidden behind a fringe of scrub-willow and poplar.
"The Prairie Wife" by Arthur Stringer
All trains will run carefully over track from one-half mile east of Salt Water to Big River Bridge, track soft.
"Danger Signals" by John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady
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In poetry:

But harsh seems Glencar Water
To Norah's soft replies,
And the flowers by Glencar Water
Are naught to Norah's eyes!
"Glencar Water" by Clinton Scollard
Soft a little wind is blowing
O'er the gently rippling waters--
What they whisper, what they murmur,
Who is wise enough to say?
"The Phantom Vessel" by Morris Rosenfeld
"Soft as the wild-duck's tender young,
That float on Avon's tide;
Bright as the water-lily, sprung,
And glittering near its side
"Nancy of the Vale" by William Shenstone
No more beneath the twinkling leaves
Shall stand the farmer's daughter!--
Sing softly past the cottage eaves,
O memory-haunted water!
"The Creek" by Madison Julius Cawein
Soft as flow of Siija's waters,
When the moon of summer shines,
Strong as Winter from his mountains
Roaring through the sleeted pines.
"To Fredrika Bremer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
You have left the dear land of the lake and the hill,
But its winds and its waters will talk with you still.
"Forget not," they whisper, "your love is our debt,"
And echo breathes softly, "We never forget."
"Semi-Centennial Celebration Of The New England Society" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Add water to make a soft dough.
From the soft white sands of Australia to the turquoise waters of Brazil.
It features a precision engineered nozzle that pressurizes water to create a uniform, soft yet powerful spray.
A soft answer turneth away water.
Soft sand and crystal waters make for a beach bonanza .
Soft goat cheese mixed with the water the pasta was cooked in makes a light, creamy sauce for Lemony Pasta with Goat Cheese and Spinach (recipe below).
Soft goat cheese mixed with the water the pasta was cooked in makes a light, creamy sauce.
Rainwater is soft water, devoid of chemicals, and plants love it.
Cook lentils in boiling water for 20 minutes, or until soft.
(Note: this part is easier for the girls, who both just love camping, than for Charles who greatly prefers easily-accessible hot water, cold beer, and a big soft chair and really big screen for basketball games.
Think of new taxes on soft drinks and bottled water or traffic enforcement cameras.
In a separate pan gently heat the raspberries with a teaspoon of water until soft.
"They are resourceful, birdy game-finders and determined, soft-mouthed retrievers from either land or water," says Mary Ann Abbott.
Drop-shot soft plastics in 10 feet of water or less.
Transform your garden space into a retreat with the soft sound of water.
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In science:

In this study, the additional heat capacity which appear during the water dissociation of the proteins that are one of the soft materials, have been considered by the statistical mechanical methods.
Investigation of the Heat Capacities of Proteins by Statistical Mechanical Methods
In view of its ability to probe local environments, x-ray spectroscopy is a very important tool for investigating not only bulk neat water, as done here, but also water solutions, water at interfaces, and, in general, soft condensed matter environments like bio-molecular solutions.
Role of quantum nuclei and local fields in the x-ray absorption spectra of water and ice
The Cherenkov signal in the water tank is larger for penetrating hard muons than soft electrons and gammas in the shower, thus making the Auger/SD more sensitive to the hadronic component in the EAS.
Measurement of Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays: An Experimental Summary and Prospects
Tank vs Scintillator: The Cherenkov signal of Auger water tanks is larger for penetrating muons than soft electrons and gammas in the shower, thus making the Auger/SD more sensitive to a change of composition with energy.
Measurement of Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays: An Experimental Summary and Prospects
The right panel shows the structure obtained in a soft gel made of oil droplets in water connected by telechelic polymers (long hydrophylic chains ended by small hydrophobic heads).
The slow dynamics of glassy materials: Insights from computer simulations
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