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  • v. Present participle of soften.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a. & n. from soften, v.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the process of becoming softer
  • adj. having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • 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.

    Silver Zombie

  • For a moment he looked at Tessa, the rage in his expression softening into a sneer.

    Clockwork Angel

  • “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.”

    The Blackstone Key

  • He turned to her, his expression softening marginally.

    The Highlander’s Stolen Bride

  • 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.

    Corporate Watch

  • For a long moment, he merely scowled at her, but then he rubbed his chin, his expression softening.

    Much Ado About Marriage

  • He looked at Caitlyn and smiled, his expression softening.

    The Laird Who Loved Me

  • “He has suffered much,” the dragon stated, her expression softening.


  • He stood for a moment, looking down upon us, his expression softening.

    The Commander


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