[[t]sɔft, sɒft[/t]]
adj. and adv. -er, -est, n. interj.
1) yielding readily to touch or pressure; not hard or stiff
2) mel relatively deficient in hardness, as metal or wood
3) smooth to the touch; not rough:
soft skin[/ex]
4) pleasant or comfortable:
a soft chair[/ex]
5) low or subdued in sound
6) not harsh or unpleasant to the eye:
soft light[/ex]
7) not hard or sharp:
soft outlines[/ex]
8) gentle or mild:
soft breezes[/ex]
9) not harsh or severe, as a penalty or demand
11) not sturdy; delicate:
soft fabrics[/ex]
12) undemanding; easy, comfortable, etc.:
a soft job; a soft life[/ex]
13) weak, spiritless, etc., as from lack of effort or challenge:
We've grown soft with all these modern conveniences[/ex]
14) chem. (of water) relatively free from mineral salts that interfere with the action of soap
15) bus (of paper money or a monetary system) not supported by sufficient gold reserves and, usu., not easily convertible into a foreign currency
16) ecn bus (of a market, prices, etc.) declining in value, volume, etc.; weak
Compare firm I, 6)
17) cvb
18) Photog.
a) pht (of a photographic image) having delicate gradations of tone
b) pht (of a focus) lacking in sharpness
c) pht (of a lens) unable to be focused sharply
19) phn
a) (of c and g) pronounced as in cent and
b) phn (of consonants) lenis, esp. lenis and voiced
Compare hard 34)
20) (of a missile-launching base) aboveground and unprotected from enemy attack
21) ars (of the landing of a space vehicle) executed with deceleration; gentle
22) foolish or stupid:
soft in the head[/ex]
23) ecl (of a detergent) readily biodegradable
24) something that is soft or yielding; the soft part
25) softness
26) in a soft manner
27) be quiet! hush!
28) not so fast! stop!
Etymology: bef. 1000; OE sōfte earliersēfte, c. OHG semfti soft′ish, adj. soft′ly, adv. soft′ness, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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