• Group showing a starfish attacking an oyster; soft shelled clams; hermit crabs; fiddler crabs, etc
    Group showing a starfish attacking an oyster; soft shelled clams; hermit crabs; fiddler crabs, etc
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv softly with low volume "speak softly but carry a big stick","she spoke quietly to the child","the radio was playing softly"
    • adv softly with little weight or force "she kissed him lightly on the forehead"
    • adv softly used as a direction in music; to be played relatively softly
    • adv softly in a manner that is pleasing to the senses "she smiled softly"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The morning was truly Venetian, soft and fair as a dream The morning was truly Venetian, soft and fair as a dream
Silver Maple. Soft Maple Silver Maple. Soft Maple
Red Maple. Soft Maple Red Maple. Soft Maple

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The quills of a porcupine are soft when they are born
    • adv Softly In a soft manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Retail sales for soft drinks in the United States in 2001 were more than sixty billion dollars
    • softly Soft; easy; gentle; slow.
    • softly In a soft manner. Without force or violence; gently: as, he softly pressed my hand.
    • softly Gently; slowly; calmly; quietly; hence, at an easy pace: as, to lay a thing down softly.
    • softly Mildly; tenderly.
    • softly Slackly; carelessly.
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  • Juan Montalvo
    Juan Montalvo
    “There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “Soft words are hard arguments.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Use soft words and hard arguments.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “Fair and softly goes far.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If your words are soft and sweet, they won't be as hard to swallow if you have to eat them.”
  • Anthony J. D'Angelo
    Anthony J. D'Angelo
    “Have a strong mind and a soft heart.”


Soft soap someone - If you soft soap someone, you flatter them.
Speak softly and carry a big stick - If you speak softly and carry a big stick, you make your case quietly but can back it up forcefully if necessary.


In literature:

Then he laughed softly.
"Wolf Breed" by Jackson Gregory
A girl with soft, thick, blue-black hair was bending over a rosebush.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
Leff, softly lifting himself on his elbows, gazed fascinated upon this discreet vision.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
Women were winding soft things about their necks, men were buttoning up their coats.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
There sat something pointed, sticking straight out of the soft mould.
"Tell Me Another Story" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
As in a dream, Caroline walked softly down the steps and toward the north.
"While Caroline Was Growing" by Josephine Daskam Bacon
A little breeze, too, sighed over the sea, ruffling its surface, died away, then softly came again.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Rachel Winn's voice had a soft sound, with an almost foreign accent.
"A Little Girl in Old Salem" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
During the winter a folded soft blanket over the rubber sheet increases both softness and warmth.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
Very softly, in a voice hardly above a whisper, Georg decoded it.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings

In poetry:

Father you hear the birds
Sing in the trees,
You made the storm and the soft
Summer breeze.
"Rustling Wood." by R S Ward
Blooming are thy fields,
Soft thy forests sigh,
Hid in earth's dark breast
Golden treasures lie.
"To Russia" by Ivan Nikitin
Youth is the time for joy,
I cried, it is not meet
To mount the heights of toil
With child-soft feet.
"Mea Culpa" by Anna Johnston MacManus
Ssh! . . . . . . Soft!
I've told you oft and oft
We should not stray so far away
Without a moon aloft.
"Hist!" by C J Dennis
O wayward will, come near
The old mad wilful way,
The soft mouth at my ear
With words too sweet to say!
"A Northern Vigil" by Bliss William Carman
Soft voices, clear and young,
Mingling their swell,
Should o'er thy dust have sung
Earth's last farewell.
"Woman On The Field Of Battle" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans

In news:

Can US Still Lead In Economic And 'Soft' Power.
The 2012 Golden Globes WHY IT WORKS: Witherspoon opted for touchable layers with a soft wave.
The Cowboys once again exposed themselves as an imperfect team — and their season is doing a soft and slow fade as a result.
Gone Fishin': Fishermen should walk softly and carry a big stick .
Big stick for Japan, soft talk for Asean.
When just soft, add thyme and chicken stock.
The Sexist The Soft Boner of Classic American Literature.
With its Bosch Constant-Response circuitry, it provides a soft-start.
Mary Heron and her husband turned a quest for acola substitute into their own soft-drink company.
According to a new study out of the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, marriage seems to make men SOFT.
Cook at low heat until the onions are soft.
Jobless claims data point to soft job growth in September.
Octomom, nee Nadya Suleman, has abandoned her thriving career in creepy soft-core porn and is now America's foremost debater .
An alliance with the nation's largest soft drink maker to sponsor advice on sugar-free alternatives has spurred criticism of the American Academy of Family.
Double-up s: Great soft landings on the double-up .

In science:

Further, if we take ǫ+ → 0, we make li soft and we see the overlapping of soft and collinear singularities, which is also logarithmic in nature.
Simple Analysis of IR Singularities at One Loop
The classification grade γTN is reported for each of the 23 spectroscopically confirmed TN SNe, along with the measured spectroscopic redshift and the SOFT redshift estimate when SOFT uses the uninformative z prior.
Revised Supernova Rates from the IfA Deep Survey
In such cases the SOFT redshift estimation is very poor, because CC SNe are an inhomogeneous population that is only sparsely sampled by the SOFT template library.
Revised Supernova Rates from the IfA Deep Survey
During the high/soft state the spectrum is dominated by the soft component which may be well modeled by superposition of black body radiation with different effective temperatures and magnitudes (multicolor black body) which corresponds to the emission predicted for an accretion disk (see e.g., Eq. 3.18).
Slim accretion disks around black holes
Abstract We review recent theoretical results for soft-core Bose systems, and describe the low-temperature supersolid “droplet crystal” phase, predicted for a broad class of soft-core interactions.
Supersolid phases of cold atom assemblies