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Meaning of SOFTENING

Pronunciation:  s'ofuning

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the process of becoming softer; "refrigeration delayed the softening of the fruit" or"he observed the softening of iron by heat"
  2. [adj]  having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin

SOFTENING is a 9 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: demulcent, emollient, salving, soft
 See Also: action, activity, maceration, natural action, natural process



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
a. & n. from {Soften}, v.

{Softening of the brain}, or {Cerebral softening} (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.