adjective, soft·er, soft·est.
- (of a metal) easily magnetized and demagnetized.
- (of solder) fusing readily.
- (of a metal or alloy) fully annealed, so as to provide minimum mechanical hardness.
- (of a photographic image) having delicate gradations of tone.
- (of a focus) lacking in sharpness.
- (of a lens) unable to be focused sharply.
- (of consonants) lenis, especially lenis and voiced.
- (of c and g) pronounced as in cent and gem.
- (of consonants in Slavic languages) palatalized.Compare hard(def 38).
Origin of soft
Examples from the Web for softness
But the softness, the muted quality in turn became an aesthetic.
It prefers nonconfrontation, and calmness and softness of voice are valued when dealing with adversity.
Yet there is a softness in some of these moments that Borat lacked.
But softness and irresolution were the characteristics of Austria's generals no less than of her rulers.The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)|John Holland Rose
He saw that a tender light, the softness of sympathy, came into her eyes when she noticed the plasters on his forehead and cheek.Spring Street|James H. Richardson
Go among women with the good qualities of your sex, and you will acquire from them the softness and the graces of theirs.The PG Edition of Chesterfield's Letters to His Son|The Earl of Chesterfield
The night had fallen, and through the open window the summer breeze came in, and the softness of the air was like a kiss.Mrs. Craddock|W. Somerset Maugham
"We must go," he said, and remembering the softness of his voice, he was tormented.Yonder|Emily Hilda Young
British Dictionary definitions for softness (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for softness (2 of 2)
- an older word for lenis
- (not in technical usage) denoting the consonants c and g in English when they are pronounced as palatal or alveolar fricatives or affricates (s, / dʒ /, / ʃ /, / ð /, / tʃ /) before e and i, rather than as velar stops (k, g)
- (in the Slavonic languages) palatalized before a front vowel or a special character (soft sign) written as Ь
- unprotected against attacka soft target
- military unarmoured, esp as applied to a truck by comparison with a tank
- gentle, sympathetic, or lenient towards
- feeling affection or infatuation for
Derived Formssoftly, adverb
Word Origin for soft
Idioms and Phrases with softness
In addition to the idioms beginning with soft
- soften up
- soft in the head
- soft job
- soft on
- soft pedal
- soft sell
- soft soap
- soft spot
- soft touch
- hard (soft) sell