• 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
He smiled; and his full, soft grey eye, fixed on hers, had an earnestness which haunted her for many a day.
"Agatha's Husband A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
When quite soft, remove the husks, with the hand, and the soft parts will settle.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
Sitting before the window, unconscious of herself, she laughed softly.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
He came in softly, closed the door softly, yet Kent heard him.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
Richling, too, closed his door, but in the soft way of one in troubled meditation.
"Dr. Sevier" by George W. Cable
Wind with soft cord to hold in place.
"Stevenson Memorial Cook Book" by Various
That night when I said my prayers to Aunt Candace I cried softly on her shoulder.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
It does not get mellow or soft.
"The Apple" by Various
They moved about softly, and then she gurgled that soft laugh that had entranced him from the first.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
That dance danced, they sat quiet awhile, Battle softly, very softly, thrumming on his Juddie, gazing into the fire.
"The Three Mulla-mulgars" by Walter De La Mare

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
A0 are universal soft scalar mass and soft trilinear A parameter, and MG and MX denote the GUT scale and the characteristic scale of the right-handed neutrinos at which off-diagonal contributions are decoupled , respectively.
Proceedings of the first workshop on Flavor Symmetries and consequences in Accelerators and Cosmology (FLASY2011)
In the case of the flavons, these F-terms modify the soft terms from the usual flavour-universal via the formula for the soft squared mass matrices ˜m2 and the trilinear terms A ˜Kij − F ¯n Fm ∂ ¯n ∂m ˜K , with the K ¨ahler metric ˜K an index m running over all flavons.
Proceedings of the first workshop on Flavor Symmetries and consequences in Accelerators and Cosmology (FLASY2011)
In order to extend the energy coverage to the soft γray region up to 600 keV, the Soft Gamma-ray Detector (SGD) will be implemented as a non-focusing detector onboard ASTRO-H.
Multiwavelength Astronomy and CTA: X-rays
This shows that the (quasi)-collinear limit of the soft singular function agrees with the soft limit of the (quasi)-collinear singular function.
Random polarisations of the dipoles
The soft mass terms are the usual MSSM soft masses, plus equivalent Ru , Rd soft masses.
Electroweak Baryogenesis in R-symmetric Supersymmetry
We also investigate some relations on α-inclusion, soft product and normal soft int-groups.
Normal Soft int-Group
Then, Ma ji et al. defined the operations of soft sets, C¸ a˘gman and Engino˘glu modified these definition and operations of soft sets and Ali et al. gave some new algebraic operations for soft sets.
Normal Soft int-Group
Acar et al. gave the notion of soft rings and investigated their properties. gave a new kind of definition of soft group (soft intC¸ a˘gman et al. group) in a soft set depending on inclusion relation and intersection of sets.
Normal Soft int-Group
Kaygısız presented some supplementary properties of soft sets and soft intgroups and gave some relations on α-inclusion, soft product and soft int-groups.
Normal Soft int-Group
We then obtained some relations on α-inclusion, soft product and normal soft int-groups.
Normal Soft int-Group