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Verb
/ˈsôfən/,
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softening, present participle; softened, past participle; softened, past tense; softens, 3rd person singular present;
  1. Make or become less hard
    • - plant extracts to soften and moisturize the skin
    • - let the vegetables soften over a low heat
  2. Make or become less severe
    • - her expression softened at the sight of Diane's white face
  3. Undermine the resistance of (someone)
    • - the blockade appears a better weapon with which to soften them up for eventual surrender
  4. Remove mineral salts from (water)


  1. make (images or sounds) soft or softer
  2. dampen: lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall"
  3. yield: give in, as to influence or pressure
  4. cushion: protect from impact; "cushion the blow"
  5. mince: make less severe or harsh; "He moderated his tone when the students burst out in tears"
  6. (softened) toned down
  7. (softened) dull: being or made softer or less loud or clear; "the dull boom of distant breaking waves"; "muffled drums"; "the muffled noises of the street"; "muted trumpets"
  8. (softening) the process of becoming softer; "refrigeration delayed the softening of the fruit"; "he observed the softening of iron by heat"
  9. Søften is a small Danish town in Jutland, about three kilometers south of Hinnerup and just outside Aarhus. Søften has a population of 2,593 (1 January 2010) .
  10. Softening is a numerical trick used in N-body techniques to prevent numerical divergences when a particle comes too close to another (and the force goes to infinity). This is obtained by modifying the gravitational potential of each particle as
  11. (Softened) A solid, high fat content substance that has been brought to room temperature in order to make it more pliable.
  12. (Softened) Margarine, butter, ice cream or cream cheese that is in a state soft enough for easy blending, but not melted.
  13. (Softening) The removal of calcium and magnesium from water to reduce hardness.
  14. (Softening) Exchange of the hardness-forming cations (Ca2+ and Mg2+ ions) for sodium ions. This process involves changing the chemical constituents of the water. It is not a purification process.
  15. (Softening (smoothing)) The act of blending tones of GLAZE or making slight brush marks disappear on FAUX MARBLE , WOODGRAINING, painting clouds, & many more techniques.
  16. (Softening) A process used to soften metals through annealing or tempering.
  17. (Softening) Ca^2+ and Mg^2+ ions exchange to Na^+ in water
  18. (Softening) The point at which the legs or arms can be straightened without locking the joints.
  19. (Softening) Torches are used to soften products for removal (i.e. paint, adhesive, etc.)
  20. (Softening) reducing the viscosity of a compound by shearing which breaks hydrogen bonds.  Freshening is required of HCR on 2-roll mills prior to processing.
  21. SOFTENING is any process which reduces or removes the hardness. Base exchange is commoner than lime softening.
  22. The process of a slowly declining market price.
  23. (of a market, currency, or commodity) fall in value: the share price has softened recently.
  24. Fry gently until transparent and no longer crisp.
  25. Let cold food (butter, margarine, cream cheese) stand at room temperature, or microwave on Low power setting, until no longer hard.