• 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
    • n softness a disposition to be lenient in judging others "softness is not something permitted of good leaders"
    • n softness the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man) "the students associated science with masculinity and arts with effeminacy","Spartans accused Athenians of effeminateness","he was shocked by the softness of the atmosphere surrounding the young prince, arising from the superfluity of the femininity that guided him"
    • n softness the quality of being indistinct and without sharp outlines
    • n softness 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 softness the property of giving little resistance to pressure and being easily cut or molded
    • n softness a visual property that is subdued and free from brilliance or glare "the softness of the morning sky"
    • n softness a sound property that is free from loudness or stridency "and in softness almost beyond hearing"
    • n softness a state of declining economic condition "orders have recently picked up after a period of extreme softness","he attributes the disappointing results to softness in the economy"
    • n softness the quality of weather that is deliciously mild and soothing "the day's heat faded into balminess","the climate had the softness of the south of France"
    • n softness poor physical condition; being out of shape or out of condition (as from a life of ease and luxury)
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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
    • n Softness The quality or state of being soft; -- opposed to hardness, and used in the various specific senses of the adjective.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Coca-Cola was the first soft drink to be consumed in outer space
    • n softness The property or character of being soft, in any sense of that word.
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  • Bible
    “A soft answer truth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger. [Proverbs 15:1]”
  • Juan Montalvo
    Juan Montalvo
    “There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “Soft words are hard arguments.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”
  • Saying
    “No pillows so soft as God's Promise.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    “Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting, but never hit soft.”


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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. sftness, sftnyss,


In literature:

That soft glow against the distant timber was real enough, however!
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
His voice was deep and soft.
"The Heart of the Desert" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Sometimes tha' looks fair soft in th' head.
"The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
He threw open the outer one himself, and Charlotte stood there smiling, and softly decorous.
"Pembroke" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Cook until very soft in three cups of water.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
Two young ladies shake hands gently and softly.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
There was something in Lucia's soft tones that filled his homesick heart with joy.
"Lucia Rudini" by Martha Trent
He went softly to fetch the coffee, while she stepped out on to the terrace.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
Mrs. Anderson stooped over her and laid her soft old cheek against the soft young one.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Sometimes Elmira wept a little, but softly, that she might not waken her mother.
"Jerome, A Poor Man" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

In poetry:

Thus all the day we glided,
Until the Vesper bell
Gave to the day, at sunset,
Its sweet and soft farewell.
"Lake Como" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Then softly downward falling,
If we listen, we can hear,
From a purer atmosphere,
A warning and a calling.
"Warning" by Marietta Holley
There are sweet whisperings in the air,
And softly told
Are fair forgotten things that were
So dear of old.
"The Clavichord" by Dollie Radford
"Bright shines the summer sun,
Soft is the summer air;
Gayly the wood-birds sing,
Flowers are blooming fair.
"Lily-Bell" by Louisa May Alcott
O! I'm the month of beauty,
The summer's crown I claim,
Now whisper to me softly,
And tell me what's my name.
"June" by Mary Weston Fordham
"For every flower is closing
In silence its little eye;
And every wave in the brooklet
More softly murmureth by.
"Evening Song" by Friedrich Ruckert

In news:

Beef steak soft tacos, wholly lime cheeseburgers, avocado stuffed salmon.
To date, I have exactly zero converts to my basic view of soft rock, which is nothing more complicated than that it sometimes is enjoyable to listen to.
You know how many "soft rock" an "easy listening" bands that had Top 40 hits in the 1970?s and early 1980?s.
The White House Thursday dismissed al Qaeda's new leader as "an armchair general with a 'soft' image" who has "nowhere near the credentials that Osama bin Laden had.
Big stick for Japan, soft talk for Asean .
Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder have turned soft on Detroit Tigers at worst time.
Turner, a longtime leader in the soft drink bottling industry and 17-year veteran of the Baylor Health Care System board of trustees, was named chairman of Baylor's board July 1.
Big Springs Inc, a local producer of Coca-Cola and other soft drinks since 1902, announced today it will discontinue soft drink production at its Clinton Avenue facility by late summer.
Thinner films will provide increased breathability and softness.
1/4 cup soft bread crumbs.
Vicki Carr Killing Me Softly.
Saute apples in hot butter until soft and brown.
"Speak softly and carry a big stick".
Today let us bring our epidermises together under a soft banner of cuddliness.
They're Soft and Cuddly , So Why Lash Them to the Front of a Truck.

In science:

If A is a singleton, say {w}, then fwα is called a soft singleton (or soft point).
Normal Soft int-Group
Then, fA is called soft normal in G (or normal soft int-group), if fA is an Abelian soft set.
Normal Soft int-Group
If G is an Abelian group, then any soft int-group in G is a normal soft int-group.
Normal Soft int-Group
Then, any normal soft int-group in G is a soft level normal subgroup of G.
Normal Soft int-Group
Every soft int-group of an Abelian finite group is a soft level normal subgroup.
Normal Soft int-Group