Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of making soft or softer.
- n. In painting, the blending of colors into each other.
- n. In pathology, a diminution of the natural and healthy firmness of organs or parts of organs; mollities.
- n. The removal of antimony and other impurities from lead. See improving, 2.
- v. present participle of soften.
GNU Webster's 1913
- a. & n. from soften, v.
- n. the process of becoming softer
- adj. having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin
“He kept grinning at me, the expression softening his rough features into something more pleasant—and enticing.”
“Watch yourself in town, Delilah, he told me, his expression softening as he patted my arm farewell.”
“For a moment he looked at Tessa, the rage in his expression softening into a sneer.”
““Well, sir,” Holland acknowledged, his expression softening slightly, “I know a fair bit about gunpowder, as it happens, so these references are all familiar to me.””
“He turned to her, his expression softening marginally.”
“Co. slashed its 2010 auto-sales target by 25%, due to what it described as softening demand for cars and production constraints because of an increased focus on larger cars.”
“For a long moment, he merely scowled at her, but then he rubbed his chin, his expression softening.”
“He looked at Caitlyn and smiled, his expression softening.”
““He has suffered much,” the dragon stated, her expression softening.”
“He stood for a moment, looking down upon us, his expression softening.”
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