Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The removal of antimony and other impurities from lead. See improving, 2.
  • noun The act of making soft or softer.
  • noun In painting, the blending of colors into each other.
  • noun In pathology, a diminution of the natural and healthy firmness of organs or parts of organs; mollities.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • a. & n. from soften, v.
  • (Med.) a localized softening of the brain substance, due to hemorrhage or inflammation. Three varieties, distinguished by their color and representing different stages of the morbid process, are known respectively as red, yellow, and white, softening.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of soften.

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

  • noun the process of becoming softer
  • adjective having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin

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Examples

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

    Clockwork Angel

  • He kept grinning at me, the expression softening his rough features into something more pleasant—and enticing.

    Venom

  • He kept grinning at me, the expression softening his rough features into something more pleasant—and enticing.

    Venom

  • Watch yourself in town, Delilah, he told me, his expression softening as he patted my arm farewell.

    Silver Zombie

  • He kept grinning at me, the expression softening his rough features into something more pleasant—and enticing.

    Venom

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • He turned to her, his expression softening marginally.

    The Highlander’s Stolen Bride

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