What does softness mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. softnessnoun

    the property of giving little resistance to pressure and being easily cut or molded

  2. unfitness, softnessnoun

    poor physical condition; being out of shape or out of condition (as from a life of ease and luxury)

  3. balminess, softnessnoun

    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"

  4. softnessnoun

    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"

  5. softnessnoun

    a sound property that is free from loudness or stridency

    "and in softness almost beyond hearing"

  6. softnessnoun

    a visual property that is subdued and free from brilliance or glare

    "the softness of the morning sky"

  7. gentleness, softness, mildnessnoun

    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"

  8. indistinctness, softness, blurriness, fogginess, fuzzinessnoun

    the quality of being indistinct and without sharp outlines

  9. effeminacy, effeminateness, sissiness, softness, womanishness, unmanlinessnoun

    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"

  10. softnessnoun

    a disposition to be lenient in judging others

    "softness is not something permitted of good leaders"


  1. softnessnoun

    The quality of being soft.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Softnessnoun

    Etymology: from soft.

    Softness cometh by the greater quantity of spirits, which ever induce yielding and cession; and by the more equal spreading of the tangible parts, which thereby are more sliding and following; as in gold. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    A wise man, when there is a necessity of expressing any evil actions, should do it by a word that has a secondary idea of kindness or softness; or a word that carries in it rebuke and severity. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    Improve these virtues, with a softness of manners, and a sweetness of conversation. Dryden.

    So long as idleness is quite shut out from our lives, all the sins of wantonness, softness, and effeminacy are prevented; and there is but little room for temptation. Taylor.

    He was not delighted with the softness of the court. Edward Hyde.

    This virtue could not proceed out of fear or softness; for he was valiant and active. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Saving a man’s self, or suffering, if with reason, is virtue: if without it, is softness, or obstinacy. Nehemiah Grew.

    Softness of sounds is distinct from the exility of sounds. Francis Bacon.

    Such was the ancient simplicity and softness of spirit, which sometimes prevailed in the world, that they whose words were even as oracles amongst men, seemed evermore loth to give sentence against any thing publickly received in the church of God. Richard Hooker.

    For contemplation he and valour form’d,
    For softness she and sweet attractive grace. John Milton.

    Her stubborn look
    This softness from thy finger took. Edmund Waller.


  1. softness

    In materials science, hardness (antonym: softness) is a measure of the resistance to localized plastic deformation induced by either mechanical indentation or abrasion. In general, different materials differ in their hardness; for example hard metals such as titanium and beryllium are harder than soft metals such as sodium and metallic tin, or wood and common plastics. Macroscopic hardness is generally characterized by strong intermolecular bonds, but the behavior of solid materials under force is complex; therefore, hardness can be measured in different ways, such as scratch hardness, indentation hardness, and rebound hardness. Hardness is dependent on ductility, elastic stiffness, plasticity, strain, strength, toughness, viscoelasticity, and viscosity. Common examples of hard matter are ceramics, concrete, certain metals, and superhard materials, which can be contrasted with soft matter.


  1. softness

    Softness is the property or quality of being soft, which can refer to physical characteristics such as pliable, yielding to touch, lacking harshness, smooth; or abstract characteristics such as gentle, mild in tone or not strong or harsh in effect. It can be a tactile or sensory characteristic associated with comfort, tenderness, or the absence of difficulty or challenge. It can also relate to a state of being emotionally sensitive or compassionate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Softnessnoun

    the quality or state of being soft; -- opposed to hardness, and used in the various specific senses of the adjective

  2. Etymology: [AS. sftness, sftnyss.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of softness in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of softness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of softness in a Sentence

  1. Author Unknown:

    A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner, neither do uninterrupted prosperity and success qualify for usefulness and happiness. The storms of adversity, like those of the ocean, rouse the faculties, and excite the invention, prudence, skill and fortitude or the voyager. The martyrs of ancient times, in bracing their minds to outward calamities, acquired a loftiness of purpose and a moral heroism worth a lifetime of softness and security.

  2. Jessica Chastain:

    We've connected compassion and emotion and kindness and softness as feminine traits. The great thing about today is the boundaries are being blurred. it was a great responsibility to play this character. I definitely felt the weight of history. I felt the weight of the family.

  3. Brenda Kelly:

    There is softness on the market on concerns over the Chinese economy.

  4. R. Buckminster Fuller:

    Children are born true scientists. They spontaneously experiment and experience and reexperience again. They select, combine, and test, seeking to find order in their experiences - "which is the mostest? which is the leastest?" They smell, taste, bite, and touch-test for hardness, softness, springiness, roughness, smoothness, coldness, warmness: the heft, shake, punch, squeeze, push, crush, rub, and try to pull things apart.

  5. David Cannington:

    We saw weakness in more U.S. durable goods, but one can track that directly to softness in manufacturing and oil, which is distinct from the strength across the service sector, nonetheless, it strengthens the hand of those pointing to the Fed doing less, and questions the case of the USD bulls.

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