from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Considerate or kindly in disposition; amiable and tender.
- adj. Not harsh or severe; mild and soft: a gentle scolding; a gentle tapping at the window.
- adj. Easily managed or handled; docile: a gentle horse.
- adj. Not steep or sudden; gradual: a gentle incline.
- adj. Of good family; wellborn: a child of gentle birth.
- adj. Suited to one of good breeding; refined and polite: a gentle greeting to a stranger.
- adj. Archaic Noble; chivalrous: a gentle knight.
- n. Archaic One of good birth or relatively high station.
- transitive v. To make less severe or intense: The peaceful sunset gentled her dreadful mood.
- transitive v. To soothe, as by stroking; pacify.
- transitive v. To tame or break (a domestic animal, for instance): gentle a horse.
- transitive v. To raise to the status of a noble.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Tender and amiable; of a considerate or kindly disposition
- adj. Soft and mild rather than hard or severe
- adj. Docile and easily managed
- adj. Gradual rather than steep or sudden
- adj. Polite and respectful rather than rude
- v. to become gentle
- v. to ennoble
- v. to break; to tame; to domesticate
- v. To soothe; to calm.
- n. A person of high birth.
- n. A maggot used as bait by anglers
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Well-born; of a good family or respectable birth, though not noble.
- adj. Quiet and refined in manners; not rough, harsh, or stern; mild; meek; bland; amiable; tender
- adj. A compellative of respect, consideration, or conciliation.
- adj. Not wild, turbulent, or refractory; quiet and docile; tame; peaceable.
- adj. Soft; not violent or rough; not strong, loud, or disturbing; easy; soothing; pacific.
- n. One well born; a gentleman.
- n. A trained falcon. See Falcon-gentil.
- n. A dipterous larva used as fish bait.
- transitive v. To make genteel; to raise from the vulgar; to ennoble.
- transitive v. To make smooth, cozy, or agreeable.
- transitive v. To make kind and docile, as a horse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- n. A person of good family; a person of gentle birth; a gentleman.
- n. In falconry, a falcon-gentle; a trained hawk: whence one of the names of the common goshawk of Europe, Falco gentilis.
- n. 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 gentle a colt.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having little impact
- adj. having or showing a kindly or tender nature
- adj. quiet and soothing
- adj. easily handled or managed
- adj. soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe
- v. cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of
- v. give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility
- adj. belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy
- v. stroke soothingly
- adj. marked by moderate steepness
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