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softly in a way that makes little sound; quietly.
soft palate the movable fold of flesh at the rear of the roof of the mouth that closes off the nasal cavity from the mouth during swallowing or sucking; velum.
soft-pedal to use the pedal on a piano that mutes the tone. [3 definitions]
soft pedal a pedal, as on a piano, used to soften musical tones.
soft sell an indirect, subtle, and relaxed style of advertising or selling.
soft-shell of a crab or other animal, having a flexible, fragile, or unhardened shell. [2 definitions]
soft-shoe of or designating a type of tap dancing done without metal taps on the shoes. [2 definitions]
soft shoulder an unpaved strip of earth running alongside a road.
soft-soap (informal) to cajole, flatter, or curry favor with. [2 definitions]
soft soap liquid or semiliquid soap. [2 definitions]
soft-spoken of a person, speaking with a soft or mild voice. [2 definitions]
software any of the languages or programs, or instructions for using these, that are written for and used with a computer. (Cf. hardware.)
soft wheat a wheat that has a high starch content and yields a flour used in pastries, cereals, and the like. (Cf. hard wheat.)
softwood any wood that is soft and easy to cut, esp. the wood of a coniferous tree. [3 definitions]
softy (informal) someone who is sentimental and soft-hearted. [2 definitions]
soggy completely wet; heavy with moisture; saturated; sodden. [2 definitions]
soi-disant (French) characterizing or titling oneself thus; so-called.
soigné having elegance; fashionable. [2 definitions]
soil1 the uppermost layer of the earth's surface. [4 definitions]
soil2 to make unclean; dirty. [6 definitions]
soil conservation a method, such as crop rotation or contour farming, to protect fertile topsoil from erosion or other damage.