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Soft, 1) not hard or rough, but easily yielding to pressure and smooth to the touch: Ven. 81. Ven. 81 Ven. 81 Ven. 81 Ven. 81 Ven. 81 Ven. 81 Sonn. 99, 4. Pilgr. 88. Wiv. I, 3, 108. Meas. II, 2, 117. III, 1, 16. LLL IV, 3, 337. Merch. IV, 1, 96. As III, 5, 12. Shr. Ind. 2, 40. Shr. Ind. 2, 40. V, 2, 165. Wint. IV, 4, 374. H5 II, 3, 61. IV, 1, 14. H6B III, 2, 325. Cor. I, 9, 45. V, 3, 53. Tit. III, 1, 45. Tim. V, 4, 68. Hml. III, 3, 71. Ant. II, 6, 51. Cymb. V, 3, 71.<
2) affecting the senses in a bland and delicate manner: “with s. slow tongue,” Lucr. 1220 (== in a low voice). “touches so s. still conquer chastity,” Pilgr. 50. H6B III, 2, 325. “s. stillness,” Merch. V, 56. “with s. low tongue,” Shr. Ind. 1, 114. Lr. V, 3, 272. “that death is too s. for him,” Wint. IV, 4, 807. whose (her hands') “s. seizure,” Troil. I, 1, 56. “sleep give as s. attachment to thy senses,” IV, 2, 5. “like --est music,” Rom. II, 2, 167. “as sweet as balm, as s. as air,” Ant. V, 2, 314. “in s. and delicate Lethe,” II, 7, 114.
3) mild, gentle, delicate, tender: Ven. 376. Lucr. 200. Tp. V, 142. Meas. II, 4, 129. Ado I, 1, 305. Shr. II, 253. V, 2, 167. Tw. V, 331. Wint. I, 2, 95. John II, 478. H4A I, 3, 7. H4B III, 1, 6. H6C III, 2, 154. H8 II, 3, 32. Troil. I, 3, 25. II, 2, 11. II, 2, 11 Cor. III, 2, 82. Rom. III, 5, 212. Hml. V, 2, 112. Oth. I, 3, 82. III, 3, 264. Ant. I, 1, 44. II, 2, 3. Per. IV, 4, 45. == tender-hearted, pitiful: Lucr. 595. Compl. 278. Merch. III, 3, 14. John IV, 3, 50. H5 III, 3, 48. H6C I, 4, 141. II, 2, 57. R3 I, 3, 141. Tit. III, 1, 45. Tim. IV, 3, 115.
Used adverbially: “little have you to say . . . but s. and low, Remember now my brother,” Meas. IV, 1, 69. “and sleep as s. as captain shall,” All's IV, 3, 368. “and in your power s. silencing your son,” H4B V, 2, 97. “drink wine, lie s.” Tim. IV, 3, 206. Imperatively, == hold, stop: Pilgr. 347. Tp. I, 2, 449. Err. II, 2, 111. III, 1, 30. III, 2, 69. IV, 1, 19. LLL IV, 3, 186. V, 2, 418. Mids. IV, 1, 132. Merch. I, 3, 59. IV, 1, 320. As III, 2, 265. Shr. IV, 4, 23. Tw. I, 5, 312. Wint. IV, 4, 402. R2 V, 1, 7. H4A I, 3, 155. II, 1, 40. V, 4, 134. H6B II, 4, 15. R3 I, 3, 339. V, 3, 178. Tit. IV, 2, 51. Ant. II, 2, 83. Cymb. IV, 2, 295. 353 etc. “s. and fair,” Ado V, 4, 72 (== festina lente). “s. you:” Ado V, 1, 207. Hml. III, 1, 88. Oth. V, 2, 338.
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