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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Soft-eyed having gentle or tender eyes
    • ***


  • William Shakespeare
    “O sleep, O gentle sleep, nature's soft nurse, how have I frightened thee, that thou no more wilt weigh my eye-lids down and steep my senses in forgetfulness?”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sófte, séfte; Dut. zacht, Ger. sanft.


In literature:

Her voice shook, her eyes were very soft and melting.
"Anna the Adventuress" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
By her soft eyes, too, we knew that she was herself again.
"Friendship Village" by Zona Gale
Once Mackintosh caught a queer soft look in his eyes.
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham
There was a strange, soft light in her eyes as she came to go.
"Northern Lights" by Gilbert Parker
The soft azure eyes of the sea turned to green.
"Three Women" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The little mare stood still, her nose out, her soft eyes shining.
"'Me-Smith'" by Caroline Lockhart
Her soft eyes were raised to his face as she put another question in a low tone.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Her cheek had a little more colour than usual, her eye a soft hidden fire, her voice a thrill of tender power.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
Something pinched her feelings and the great tears fell from her soft eyes.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
Joe waited for the veil to lift, staring with straining eyes, cursing softly.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
Sometimes the eyes of Billy Louise were soft with sympathy.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
Mrs Constable raised her soft gray eyes.
"Hollyhock" by L. T. Meade
His face was smooth and soft-skinned with love, his eyes full of soft light.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
From the horse's stall, from the stanchions of the cattle, big, soft eyes all turned to him.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
They looked into one another's eyes, and Sara laughed softly.
"The Traitors" by E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
And whoever they were, these soft-eyed aliens, they looked at Jeff with the look he knew.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
She had soft, cloudy golden eyes and a pathetic mouth, and she seemed on the point of tears.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
There were rings underneath her large soft eyes.
"The Moving Finger" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The Bishop's daughter sat in her room, making a very pretty picture, with her white hands clasped on her knee and her soft eyes uplifted.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 7" by Various
He watched Dallas with cowed, questioning eyes, strangely soft and un-Indian in their expression.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates

In poetry:

Then softly through the dusky room
They strayed, fair ghosts of other days,
With breath like early cherry bloom,
With tender eyes and gentle ways.
"The Log Fire" by Fay Inchfawn
Your eyes are clear Australian blue,
Your voice like soft bush breezes blown;
Her sunshine steeps the heart of you,
Your tresses are the wattle's own.
"Come, Sing Australian songs to me!" by John O Brien
And I shall find some girl perhaps,
And a better one than you,
With eyes as wise, but kindlier,
And lips as soft, but true.
And I daresay she will do.
"The Chilterns" by Rupert Brooke
Whither away, girl, whither away?
Thy soft blue eyes are suffused with love,
And thy smile is as bright as the sunshine above,--
Whither away, whither away?
"Whither?" by Walter Richard Cassels
`My lord was like a star in highest heav'n
Drawn down to earth by spells and wickedness;
My lord was like the opening eyes of day
When western winds creep softly o'er the flowers;
"Fair Elanor" by William Blake
Oh, thou dusk sorceress of the dusky eyes
And soft dark hair,
'T is thou that mak'st my skies
So swift to change
To far and strange:
But far and strange, thou still dost make them fair.
"To A Lady Playing The Harp" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

For much of the next 30 minutes, he avoids eye contact and stares out the window as he softly answers questions.
That prime eye-level space was jam-packed with sugar-free formulations of every soft drink on the market.
If you squint your eyes, you can almost see Ashton Kutcher and the gang from That '70s Show leaning against a high-top table at The Anthem, a new Ukrainian Village bar that soft opens tonight.
' Soft' sell aids job search Soft skills - such as eye contact and self-confidence - are just as important to getting a job as a good resume.
Hi- Viz is the buzzword in motorcycle products these days, and Cycle Case has this new lineup of soft luggage available in black or the eye-catching high-visibility color at left.
After his final game as Red Sox manager, Bobby Valentine spoke softly, his red eyes cast down toward the desk in the visiting manager's office in Yankee Stadium.
( Visible external features include being soft bodied and featuring tentacles, flat fins around the body, and large eyes.
The two "special" fossils unearthed in Herefordshire include not only the animals' shells but also their soft parts including body, limbs, eyes, gills and guts.
Soft tendon, eye of round, bible tripe--lovers of pho (pronounced "phuh") will find the usual combination of the familiar and exotic at Hiep Hoa, plus fatty and well-done brisket, skirt flank, and Vietnamese meatballs.
I've been eyeing this loom at for a while now, and would love to make a bit of soft wall art, or a little ruglet.
In it, King has soft eyes and an open face that conveys the blessed assurance of a man who walks by faith.
Just place the soft pads, which are saturated with a blend of seaweed and green and black teas, over your eyes and relax for 10 minutes or so.
Her brown eyes are soft, but direct.
He begins singing softly to them, and one by one, the puppies just fall into their blankets and close their eyes.
"Yes, it's dramatic, but a smoky eye is actually a very soft look," says makeup artist Mally Roncal, whose clients have included Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce.

In science:

If in a roughly 20% subsample of events jets are visible to the naked eye, it is reasonable to assume that most high energy events are jet events! Because relatively soft partons are the source of the jet phenomena described above, gluons rather than quarks will dominate particle production at very high energy.
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