gentle, sympathetic, or lenient towards
any of several marine clams of the genus Mya, esp M. arenaria, an edible species of coastal regions of the US and Europe, having a thin brittle shell
→ bituminous coal
information that can be viewed on a computer screen rather than that which is printed on paper
Soft-core pornography shows or describes sex, but in an indirect way. Compare → hard-core .
an illegal drug, such as cannabis, that some people take for pleasure, that is not considered very harmful or likely to cause addiction
See snow pellets
a hat made from soft rather than stiff and structured materials
iron that has a low carbon content and is easily magnetized and demagnetized with a small hysteresis loss
a flexible hydrogel lens worn on the surface of the eye to correct defects of vision
a moderate flexible attitude or policy
A soft loan is a loan with a very low interest rate . Soft loans are usually made to developing countries or to businesses in developing countries.
Soft porn is pornography that shows or describes sex, but not very violent or unpleasant sex, or not in a very detailed way .
a comparatively unaggressive, melodic style of rock-'n'- roll in which the arrangement and lyrics are emphasized more than the beat
the ovary of a female fish filled with mature eggs
any of various bacterial or fungal plant diseases characterized by watery disintegration of fruits, roots, etc
A soft sell is a method of selling or advertising that involves persuading people in a gentle way rather than putting a lot of pressure on people to buy things.
relating to a type of tap dancing performed wearing soft-soled shoes
a letter of the Cyrillic alphabet, also known as the front yer, that indicates softening of the preceding consonant
If you soft-soap someone, you flatter them or tell them what you think they want to hear in order to try and persuade them to do something.
a sentimental fondness (esp in the phrase have a soft spot for )
any of various small parasitic arachnids of the family Argasidae, typically living on the skin of warm-blooded animals and feeding on the blood and tissues of their hosts : order Acarina ( mites and ticks )
a convertible car with a roof made of fabric rather than metal
Soft toys are toys that are made of cloth filled with a soft material and which look like animals.
A soft-boiled egg is one that has been boiled for only a few minutes, so that the yellow part is still liquid .
a border between countries where people and goods are allowed to pass through with few checks
(of a book) having a thin cardboard, paper, or plastic cover
a chocolate that has a soft filling
a type of cheese that is made in a relatively short time and has a soft, creamy or almost runny texture
a book or edition with covers made of flexible card, sold relatively cheaply
A soft drink is a cold, non-alcoholic drink such as lemonade or fruit juice, or a fizzy drink.
A soft drink is a cold, nonalcoholic drink such as lemonade or fruit juice, or a carbonated drink.
(of certain teleost fishes ) having fins that are supported by flexible cartilaginous rays
If something in a photograph or film is in soft focus, it has been made slightly unclear to give it a more romantic effect.
having or making light, quiet footsteps
Soft fruits are small fruits with soft skins, such as strawberries and currants.
Soft goods are the same as → soft furnishings .
lacking intelligence or sense
a hyphen, used in word processing to divide a word, which prints only when it appears at the end of a line
the launch of a website in stages, with regular updating
(in the US) money that can be spent by a political party on grass-roots organization, recruitment, advertising, etc; it must be deposited in a party's non-federal (state-level) bank accounts, and must not be used in connection with presidential or congressional elections
If you take the soft option, you do the thing that is easiest or least likely to cause trouble in a particular situation .
the posterior fleshy portion of the roof of the mouth. It forms a movable muscular flap that seals off the nasopharynx during swallowing and speech
artificial porcelain made from clay, bone ash, etc
If you soft-pedal something, you deliberately reduce the amount of activity or pressure that you have been using to get something done or seen .
a type of pencil that contains a thicker, oilier and darker form of graphite
the ability to achieve one's goals without force, esp by diplomacy, persuasion, etc
flattery ; compliments
→ frozen custard
having a soft shell