• WordNet 3.6
    • adj tender (of plants) not hardy; easily killed by adverse growing condition "tender green shoots"
    • adj tender having or displaying warmth or affection "affectionate children","a fond embrace","fond of his nephew","a tender glance","a warm embrace"
    • adj tender young and immature "at a tender age"
    • adj tender hurting "the tender spot on his jaw"
    • adj tender (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail
    • adj tender easy to cut or chew "tender beef"
    • adj tender physically untoughened "tender feet"
    • adj tender given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality "a tender heart","a tender smile","tender loving care","tender memories","a tender mother"
    • v tender make tender or more tender as by marinating, pounding, or applying a tenderizer "tenderize meat"
    • v tender make a tender of; in legal settlements
    • v tender offer or present for acceptance
    • v tender propose a payment "The Swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting"
    • n tender ship that usually provides supplies to other ships
    • n tender a boat for communication between ship and shore
    • n tender car attached to a locomotive to carry fuel and water
    • n tender a formal proposal to buy at a specified price
    • n tender someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
    • n tender something that can be used as an official medium of payment
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Lighthouse Tender Approaching Buoy Lighthouse Tender Approaching Buoy

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The expression cooked "al dente" means "to the tooth." What this means is that the pasta should be somewhat firm, and offer some resistance to the tooth, but should also be tender
    • Tender A car attached to a locomotive, for carrying a supply of fuel and water.
    • Tender (Naut) A vessel employed to attend other vessels, to supply them with provisions and other stores, to convey intelligence, or the like.
    • Tender Adapted to excite feeling or sympathy; expressive of the softer passions; pathetic; as, tender expressions; tender expostulations; a tender strain.
    • Tender (Law) An offer, either of money to pay a debt, or of service to be performed, in order to save a penalty or forfeiture, which would be incurred by nonpayment or nonperformance; as, the tender of rent due, or of the amount of a note, with interest.
    • Tender Any offer or proposal made for acceptance; as, a tender of a loan, of service, or of friendship; a tender of a bid for a contract. "A free, unlimited tender of the gospel."
    • Tender Apt to give pain; causing grief or pain; delicate; as, a tender subject. "Things that are tender and unpleasing."
    • Tender Careful to save inviolate, or not to injure; -- with of. "Tender of property.""The civil authority should be tender of the honor of God and religion."
    • Tender Easily impressed, broken, bruised, or injured; not firm or hard; delicate; as, tender plants; tender flesh; tender fruit.
    • Tender Exciting kind concern; dear; precious. "I love Valentine,
      Whose life's as tender to me as my soul!"
    • Tender (Naut) Heeling over too easily when under sail; -- said of a vessel.
    • Tender One who tends; one who takes care of any person or thing; a nurse.
    • Tender Physically weak; not hardly or able to endure hardship; immature; effeminate. "The tender and delicate woman among you."
    • n Tender Regard; care; kind concern.
    • Tender Sensible to impression and pain; easily pained. "Our bodies are not naturally more tender than our faces."
    • Tender Susceptible of the softer passions, as love, compassion, kindness; compassionate; pitiful; anxious for another's good; easily excited to pity, forgiveness, or favor; sympathetic. "The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.""I am choleric by my nature, and tender by my temper."
    • Tender The thing offered; especially, money offered in payment of an obligation.
    • v. t Tender To have a care of; to be tender toward; hence, to regard; to esteem; to value. "For first, next after life, he tendered her good.""Tender yourself more dearly.""To see a prince in want would move a miser's charity. Our western princes tendered his case, which they counted might be their own."
    • Tender (Law) To offer in payment or satisfaction of a demand, in order to save a penalty or forfeiture; as, to tender the amount of rent or debt.
    • Tender To offer in words; to present for acceptance. "You see how all conditions, how all minds, . . . tender down
      Their services to Lord Timon."
    • Tender Unwilling to cause pain; gentle; mild. "You, that are thus so tender o'er his follies,
      Will never do him good."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: At the tender age of 7, the multi-award-winning composer and pianist Marvin Hamlisch ("The Way We Were," "The Sting") was one of the youngest students ever admitted to the renowned Juilliard School of Music in New York City.
    • tender Thin; slender; attenuated; fine: literally or figuratively.
    • tender Of fine or delicate quality; delicate; fine; soft: as, a tender glow of color.
    • tender Soft; thin; watery.
    • tender Delicate to the touch, or yielding readily to the action of a cutting instrument or to a blow; not tough or hard; especially, soft and easily masticated: as, tender meat.
    • tender Soft; impressible; susceptible; sensitive; compassionate; easily touched, affected, or influenced: as, a tender heart.
    • tender Expressing sensitive feeling; expressing the gentle emotions, as love or pity, especially the former; kindly; loving; affectionate; fond.
    • tender Delicate in constitution, consistency, texture, etc.; fragile; easily injured, broken, or bruised.
    • tender Delicate as regards health; weakly.
    • tender Very sensitive to impression; very susceptible of any sensation or emotion; easily pained.
    • tender Not strong; not hardy; not able to endure hardship or rough treatment; delicate; weak.
    • tender Fresh; immature; feeble; young and inexperienced.
    • tender Precious; dear.
    • tender Careful; solicitous; considerate; watchful; concerned; unwilling to pain or injure; scrupulous: with of or over.
    • tender Delicate; ticklish; apt to give pain if inconsiderately or roughly dealt with or referred to; requiring careful handling so as not to annoy or give pain: as, a tender subject.
    • tender Quick; keen; sharp.
    • tender Of ships, apt to lean over under sail; tender-sided: same as crank, 1.
    • tender Yielding to a small force; sensitive.
    • n tender A tender regard; fondness; affection; regard.
    • tender To regard or treat with compassion, solicitude, fondness, or care; cherish; hence, to hold dear; value; esteem.
    • tender To make tender, in any sense.
    • tender To offer; make offer of; present for acceptance: as, to tender one a complimentary dinner; to tender one's resignation.
    • tender To offer in payment or satisfaction of some demand or obligation: as, to tender the (exact) amount of rent due.
    • tender To show; present to view.
    • tender To make a tender or offer; especially, to offer to supply certain commodities for a certain period at rates and under conditions specified, or to execute certain work: as, to tender for the dredging of a harbor.
    • n tender An offer for acceptance.
    • n tender Specifically In law, an offer of money or any other thing in satisfaction of a debt or liability; especially, the production and offer to pay or deliver the very thing requirable by a contract.
    • n tender An offer in writing made by one party to another to execute some specified work or to supply certain specified articles at a certain sum or rate, or to purchase something at a specified price.
    • n tender Something tendered or offered.
    • n tender One who tends; one who attends to, supervises, or takes care of something; a nurse: as, a machine-tender; a bartender.
    • n tender Nautical, a vessel employed to attend a larger one for supplying her with provisions and other stores, or to convey intelligence, orders, etc.
    • n tender A boat or ship accompanying fishing- or whaling-vessels; a lighter. Specifically— In the menhaden-fishery, a vessel or boat employed to carry the fish to the factories. These tenders have an average capacity of 250 barrels, though they are now often built of a larger size, some carrying 600 barrels.
    • n tender In railroading, a carriage attached to the locomotive, for carrying the fuel, water, etc. See cuts under passenger-engine and snow-plow.
    • n tender A small reservoir attached to a mop or scrubber, to hold a supply of water. The flow is controlled by a valve operated by a spring.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Until 1857, any foreign coins made of precious metal were legal tender in the United States.
    • Tender a small vessel that attends a larger with stores, &c.: a carriage attached to locomotives to supply fuel and water
    • v.t Tender ten′dėr to stretch out or offer for acceptance, esp. to offer to supply certain commodities for a certain period at rates specified
    • n Tender an offer or proposal, esp. of some service, also the paper containing it: the thing offered, the actual production and formal offer of a sum due in legal money, or an offer of services to be performed, in order to save the consequences of non-payment or non-performance
    • adj Tender ten′dėr soft, delicate: easily impressed or injured: not hardy: fragile: weak and feeble: easily moved to pity, love, &c.: careful not to injure (with of): unwilling to cause pain: apt to cause pain: pathetic, expressive of the softer passions: compassionate, loving, affectionate: young and inexperienced: weakly in health: delicate, requiring careful handling: quick, keen: apt to lean over under sail
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  • Rollo May
    Rollo May
    “Care is a state in which something does matter; it is the source of human tenderness.”
  • Bayard Taylor
    Bayard Taylor
    “The bravest are the most tender; the loving are the daring.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Happiness is the act of being tough with ourselves and tender with others.”
  • Randolph Ray
    Randolph Ray
    “Kindness is tenderness. Kindness is love, but perhaps greater than love. Kindness is good will. Kindness says, I want you to be happy.”
  • Peter Ustinov
    Peter Ustinov
    “Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.”
  • Ruth Graham
    Ruth Graham
    “Just pray for a tough hide and a tender heart.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. tendre, L. tener,; probably akin to tenuis, thin. See Thin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. tendre—L. tener, allied to tenuis, thin.


In literature:

He cared for it and could be tender to it, but not to her.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
But there was nothing tender in his eye, no tender tone softened the words which fell from his mouth.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Now was the hallucination clearing; but the reality evoked a new and almost as poignant tenderness.
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
When her strength returned under her mother's tender nursing the sense of duty revived.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
While preparing these, drop in macaroni and cook until tender.
"The Suffrage Cook Book"
Boil in slightly salted water until tender.
"Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking" by Unknown
This way of baking makes inferior beef more tender and juicy than the English way.
"Health on the Farm" by H. F. Harris
The girl crossed the room and put her arms tenderly around her mother's neck.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
He laid her tenderly in the cab of the engine, and quickly discovered a nasty scalp wound on the back of her head.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
You are a married man, and you love as your parents loved, with the fire and tenderness of both.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith

In poetry:

Little arbutus
Delicate, tinted,
Tiny, tender,
Fragile, immortal.
"Ode To Walt Whitman" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Now in falling splendour
Every leaf
Fills the heart with tender,
Wistful grief.
"Autumn" by Manmohan Ghose
Upon her virgin bosom
Bloom lilies of white fire,
Her tender heart a rose is
Of delicate desire.
"Muses" by Victor James Daley
Gentle angel with your mantle,
All of tender green,
I was yearning for a vision
Of the life unseen.
"The Apparition" by Duncan Campbell Scott
You took my empty dreams
And filled them every one
With tenderness and nobleness,
April and the sun.
"Houses Of Dreams" by Sara Teasdale
I would give thee all I own,
All thou hast would borrow;
I from thee would keep alone
Fear and doubt and sorrow.
All of tender that is mine,
Should most tenderly be thine.
"A Night In June" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Cook, stirring often, until it is tender, 5 to 8 minutes.
This dish makes use of a tender, juicy Asian cabbage called baby bok choy, which is simple to cook and really tasty.
At the tender age of 43.
Add shallots and cook until tender.
These bone-in chicken breasts are moist, tender and perfectly seasoned.
These fruity, tender crumb bars are scrumptious.
Peggy Cullen, the owner of Lucky Star Sweets, fills her tender chocolate cupcakes with a creamy, salty peanut butter mixture.
Invite Brisket's More-Tender Brother for the Holidays.
The young, tender growing tips of the vining types are also considered delicacies .
Chain repackages its Extra Crispy chicken tenders with new sauces.
The sailors in "South Pacific" sing that Bloody Mary's skin is "tender as DiMaggio 's glove".
Egypt to Issue Public Rice Export Tender by Mid-November .
The yogurt helps to tenderize the fish.
' Monsieur Lazhar': Trauma, tenderness in a Canadian school.
1 scallion, white and a bit of the tender green, minced.

In science:

Counterspeculation, Auctions, and Competitive Sealed Tenders.
An Improved Randomized Truthful Mechanism for Scheduling Unrelated Machines
The mechanical super-structure of the technological prototype is at an advanced design stage and tenders for purchase of materials for this important element will be sent out soon.
Progress towards a Technological Prototype for a Semi-Digital Hadron Calorimeter based on Glass RPCs
Counterspeculation, auctions, and competitive sealed tenders.
Simplicity-Expressiveness Tradeoffs in Mechanism Design
The estimates are based on making world-wide tenders (ma jor industrialized nations), using the lowest reasonable price for the required quality.
ILC Reference Design Report Volume 1 - Executive Summary
After a call for tender the production of the ARGOS dichroic has been assigned to the Soci´et´e Europ´eenne de Syst`emes Optiques (SESO).
Design of the wavefront sensor unit of ARGOS, the LBT laser guide star system