from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Considerate or kindly in disposition; amiable and tender.
- adjective Not harsh or severe; mild and soft.
- adjective Easily managed or handled; docile.
- adjective Not steep or sudden; gradual.
- adjective Of good family; wellborn.
- adjective Suited to one of good breeding; refined and polite.
- adjective Archaic Noble; chivalrous.
- noun One of good birth or relatively high station.
- transitive verb To make less severe or intense.
- transitive verb To soothe, as by stroking; pacify.
- transitive verb To tame or break (a horse).
- transitive verb Obsolete To raise to the status of a noble.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Of good birth or family; well-born; specifically, belonging to the gentry as distinguished from the nobility: as, the studies of noble and gentle youth.
- Pertaining to or characteristic of good birth or station; honorable; respectable; refined.
- Of well-bred character or quality; gracious; courteous; kindly and considerate; not rough or harsh; mild; soothing: as, a gentle nurse; a gentle nature, manner, voice.
- Tame; docile; tractable; peaceable; not wild or refractory: as, a gentle horse or hawk.
- Improved by cultivation; ameliorated; domesticated.
- Soft; mild in action, performance, or use; not rude or boisterous: as, a gentle breeze; a gentle tap; a gentle tone.
- Refreshing; reviving.
- Gradual; easy; not steep; moderate in degree; not sharply defined: as, a gentle slope; the gentle curves of a river or a figure.
- noun A person of good family; a person of gentle birth; a gentleman.
- noun In falconry, a falcon-gentle; a trained hawk: whence one of the names of the common goshawk of Europe, Falco gentilis.
- noun A maggot or larva of the flesh-fly, used in fishing.
- To make or constitute gentle, or as if gentle; place in the rank of gentlemen; raise from a vulgar or ignoble condition.
- To make gentle in manner or appearance; render mild and amiable; soften; subdue: as, to
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Well-born; of a good family or respectable birth, though not noble.
- adjective Quiet and refined in manners; not rough, harsh, or stern; mild; meek; bland; amiable; tender
- adjective A compellative of respect, consideration, or conciliation.
- adjective Not wild, turbulent, or refractory; quiet and docile; tame; peaceable.
- adjective Soft; not violent or rough; not strong, loud, or disturbing; easy; soothing; pacific.
- adjective the art or trade of shoemaking.
- noun obsolete One well born; a gentleman.
- noun A trained falcon. See
- noun (Zoöl.) A dipterous larva used as fish bait.
- transitive verb obsolete To make genteel; to raise from the vulgar; to ennoble.
- transitive verb R. or Poet. To make smooth, cozy, or agreeable.
- transitive verb colloq. To make kind and docile, as a horse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
Tenderand amiable; of a considerateor kindly disposition
Softand mildrather than hardor severe
Docileand easily managed
Gradualrather than steepor sudden
Politeand respectfulrather than rude
- verb intransitive to become gentle
- verb transitive to
- verb transitive, animal husbandry to
break; to tame; to domesticate
- verb transitive To
soothe; to calm.
- noun archaic A person of high birth.
- noun archaic A
maggotused as bait by anglers
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- adjective having little impact
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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