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Firm vs. Soft

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  • Firm (noun)

    A business partnership; the name under which it trades.

  • Firm (noun)

    A business enterprise, however organized.

  • Firm (noun)

    A criminal gang, especially based around football hooliganism.

  • Firm (adjective)

    steadfast, secure, hard (in position)

    "It's good to have a firm grip when shaking hands."

  • Firm (adjective)

    fixed (in opinion)

    "a firm believer; a firm friend; a firm adherent"

  • Firm (adjective)

    solid, rigid (material state)

    "firm flesh; firm muscles, firm wood; firm land (i.e. not soft and marshy)"

  • Firm (verb)

    To make firm or strong; fix securely.

  • Firm (verb)

    To make compact or resistant to pressure; solidify.

  • Firm (verb)

    To become firm; stabilise.

  • Firm (verb)

    To improve after decline.

  • Firm (verb)

    To shorten (of betting odds).

  • Firm (verb)

    To select (a higher education institution) as one's preferred choice, so as to enrol automatically if one's grades match the conditional offer.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Easily giving way under pressure.

    "My head sank easily into the soft pillow."

  • Soft (adjective)

    Smooth and flexible; not rough, rugged, or harsh.

    "Polish the silver with a soft cloth to avoid scratching."

    "soft silk; a soft skin"

  • Soft (adjective)

    Quiet.

    "I could hear the soft rustle of the leaves in the trees."

  • Soft (adjective)

    Gentle.

    "There was a soft breeze blowing."

  • Soft (adjective)

    Expressing gentleness or tenderness; mild; conciliatory; courteous; kind.

    "soft eyes"

  • Soft (adjective)

    Gentle in action or motion; easy.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Weak in character; impressible.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Requiring little or no effort; easy.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Not bright or intense.

    "soft lighting"

  • Soft (adjective)

    Having a slight angle from straight.

    "At the intersection with two roads going left, take the soft left."

    "It's important to dance on soft knees to avoid injury."

  • Soft (adjective)

    Voiced; sonant.

  • Soft (adjective)

    voiceless

  • Soft (adjective)

    palatalized

  • Soft (adjective)

    Lacking strength or resolve, wimpy.

    "When it comes to drinking, he is as soft as they come."

  • Soft (adjective)

    Low in dissolved calcium compounds.

    "You won't need as much soap, as the water here is very soft."

  • Soft (adjective)

    Foolish.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Of a ferromagnetic material; a material that becomes essentially non magnetic when an external magnetic field is removed, a material with a low magnetic coercivity. (compare hard)

  • Soft (adjective)

    Physically or emotionally weak.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Incomplete, or temporary; not a full action.

    "The admin imposed a soft block/ban on the user or a soft lock on the article."

  • Soft (adjective)

    Effeminate.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Agreeable to the senses.

    "a soft liniment"

    "soft wines"

  • Soft (adjective)

    Not harsh or offensive to the sight; not glaring or jagged; pleasing to the eye.

    "soft colours"

    "the soft outline of the snow-covered hill"

  • Soft (interjection)

    Be quiet; hold; stop; not so fast.

  • Soft (adverb)

    Softly; without roughness or harshness; gently; quietly.

  • Soft (noun)

    A soft or foolish person; an idiot.

  • Soft (noun)

    A tyre whose compound is softer than mediums, and harder than supersofts.

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  • Firm (adjective)

    having a solid, almost unyielding surface or structure

    "the bed should be reasonably firm, but not too hard"

  • Firm (adjective)

    solidly in place and stable

    "he was unable to establish the shop on a firm financial footing"

    "no building can stand without firm foundations"

  • Firm (adjective)

    having steady but not excessive power or strength

    "you need a firm grip on the steering"

  • Firm (adjective)

    showing resolute determination and strength of character

    "parents should be firm with children and not give in to their demands"

  • Firm (adjective)

    strongly felt and unlikely to change

    "he retains a firm belief in the efficacy of prayer"

  • Firm (adjective)

    steadfast and constant

    "we became firm friends"

  • Firm (adjective)

    decided upon and fixed or definite

    "she had no firm plans for the next day"

  • Firm (adjective)

    (of a currency, shares, etc.) having a steady value or price which is more likely to rise than fall

    "the pound was firm against the dollar"

  • Firm (verb)

    make more solid or resilient

    "how can I firm up a sagging bustline?"

  • Firm (verb)

    fix (a plant) securely in the soil

    "don't tread around bushes to firm them"

  • Firm (verb)

    make (an agreement or plan) explicit and definite

    "the agreements still have to be firmed up"

  • Firm (verb)

    (of a price) rise slightly to reach a level considered secure

    "the shares firmed 15p to 620p"

    "he believed house prices would firm by the end of the year"

  • Firm (adverb)

    in a resolute and determined manner

    "the Chancellor has held firm to tough economic policies"

    "she will stand firm against the government's proposal"

  • Firm (noun)

    a business concern, especially one involving a partnership of two or more people

    "a law firm"

    "state support for small firms"

  • Firm (noun)

    a group of hospital doctors working as a team, headed by a consultant.

  • Firm (noun)

    an organized group of football supporters known for their aggressive attitudes towards rival fans.

  • Soft (adjective)

    easy to mould, cut, compress, or fold; not hard or firm to the touch

    "the ground was soft beneath their feet"

    "soft margarine"

  • Soft (adjective)

    having a smooth surface or texture; not rough or coarse

    "her hair felt very soft"

    "soft crushed velvet"

  • Soft (adjective)

    having a pleasing quality involving a subtle effect or contrast rather than sharp definition

    "the moon's pale light cast soft shadows"

    "the soft glow of the lamps"

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of a voice or sound) quiet and gentle

    "they spoke in soft whispers"

  • Soft (adjective)

    not strong or violent

    "a soft breeze rustled the trees"

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of the weather) rainy, moist, or thawing.

  • Soft (adjective)

    sympathetic, lenient, or compassionate, especially to a degree perceived as excessive; not strict or sufficiently strict

    "Julia's soft heart was touched by his grief"

    "the government is not becoming soft on crime"

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of words or language) not harsh or angry; conciliatory; soothing

    "he was no good with soft words, gentle phrases"

  • Soft (adjective)

    willing to compromise in political matters

    "candidates ranging from far right to soft left"

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of a person) weak and lacking courage

    "soft southerners"

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of a job or way of life) requiring little effort.

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of a drink) not alcoholic.

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of a drug) not likely to cause addiction.

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of radiation) having little penetrating power.

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of a detergent) biodegradable.

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of pornography) suggestive or erotic but not explicit.

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of a market, currency, or commodity) falling or likely to fall in value

    "now a new factor looms: soft oil prices"

    "the rouble, so soft that it buys nothing worth having"

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of water) containing relatively low concentrations of dissolved calcium and magnesium salts and therefore lathering easily with soap

    "you use only half as much soap when you clean with soft water"

  • Soft (adjective)

    foolish; silly

    "he must be going soft in the head"

  • Soft (adjective)

    infatuated with

    "was Brendan soft on her?"

  • Soft (adjective)

    (of a consonant) pronounced as a fricative (as c in ice).

  • Soft (adverb)

    in a quiet or gentle way

    "I can just speak soft and she'll hear me"

  • Soft (adverb)

    in a weak or foolish way

    "don't talk soft"

Oxford Dictionary
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  • Firm (adjective)

    Fixed; hence, closely compressed; compact; substantial; hard; solid; - applied to the matter of bodies; as, firm flesh; firm muscles, firm wood.

  • Firm (adjective)

    Not easily excited or disturbed; unchanging in purpose; fixed; steady; constant; stable; unshaken; not easily changed in feelings or will; strong; as, a firm believer; a firm friend; a firm adherent.

  • Firm (adjective)

    Solid; - opposed to fluid; as, firm land.

  • Firm (adjective)

    Indicating firmness; as, a firm tread; a firm countenance.

  • Firm (noun)

    The name, title, or style, under which a company transacts business; a partnership of two or more persons; a commercial house; as, the firm of Hope & Co.

  • Firm

    To fix; to settle; to confirm; to establish.

  • Firm

    To fix or direct with firmness.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Easily yielding to pressure; easily impressed, molded, or cut; not firm in resisting; impressible; yielding; also, malleable; - opposed to hard; as, a soft bed; a soft peach; soft earth; soft wood or metal.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Not rough, rugged, or harsh to the touch; smooth; delicate; fine; as, soft silk; a soft skin.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Hence, agreeable to feel, taste, or inhale; not irritating to the tissues; as, a soft liniment; soft wines.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Not harsh or offensive to the sight; not glaring; pleasing to the eye; not exciting by intensity of color or violent contrast; as, soft hues or tints.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Not harsh or rough in sound; gentle and pleasing to the ear; flowing; as, soft whispers of music.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Easily yielding; susceptible to influence; flexible; gentle; kind.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Expressing gentleness, tenderness, or the like; mild; conciliatory; courteous; kind; as, soft eyes.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Effeminate; not courageous or manly, weak.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Gentle in action or motion; easy.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Weak in character; impressible.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Somewhat weak in intellect.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Quiet; undisturbed; paceful; as, soft slumbers.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Having, or consisting of, a gentle curve or curves; not angular or abrupt; as, soft outlines.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Not tinged with mineral salts; adapted to decompose soap; as, soft water is the best for washing.

  • Soft (adjective)

    Applied to a palatal, a sibilant, or a dental consonant (as g in gem, c in cent, etc.) as distinguished from a guttural mute (as g in go, c in cone, etc.); - opposed to hard.

  • Soft (noun)

    A soft or foolish person; an idiot.

  • Soft (adverb)

    Softly; without roughness or harshness; gently; quietly.

  • Soft (interjection)

    Be quiet; hold; stop; not so fast.

Webster Dictionary
  • Firm (noun)

    members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments;

    "he worked for a brokerage house"

  • Firm (verb)

    become taut or tauter;

    "Yur muscles will firm when you exercise regularly"

    "the rope tautened"

  • Firm (verb)

    make taut or tauter;

    "tauten a rope"

  • Firm (adjective)

    marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable;

    "firm convictions"

    "a firm mouth"

    "steadfast resolve"

    "a man of unbendable perseverence"

    "unwavering loyalty"

  • Firm (adjective)

    not soft or yielding to pressure;

    "a firm mattress"

    "the snow was firm underfoot"

    "solid ground"

  • Firm (adjective)

    strong and sure;

    "a firm grasp"

    "gave a strong pull on the rope"

  • Firm (adjective)

    not subject to revision or change;

    "a firm contract"

    "a firm offer"

  • Firm (adjective)

    (of especially a person's physical features) not shaking or trembling;

    "his voice was firm and confident"

    "a firm step"

  • Firm (adjective)

    not liable to fluctuate or especially to fall;

    "stocks are still firm"

  • Firm (adjective)

    securely established;

    "an established reputation"

    "holds a firm position as the country's leading poet"

  • Firm (adjective)

    marked by the tone and resiliency of healthy tissue;

    "firm muscles"

  • Firm (adjective)

    pleasingly firm and fresh and making a crunching noise when chewed;

    "crisp carrot and celery sticks"

    "a firm apple"

    "crunchy lettuce"

  • Firm (adjective)

    securely fixed in place;

    "the post was still firm after being hit by the car"

  • Firm (adjective)

    unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause;

    "a firm ally"

    "loyal supporters"

    "the true-hearted soldier...of Tippecanoe"

    "fast friends"

  • Firm (adverb)

    with resolute determination;

    "we firmly believed it"

    "you must stand firm"

  • Soft (adjective)

    lacking in hardness relatively or comparatively

  • Soft (adjective)

    metaphorically soft;

    "my father is a soft touch"

    "soft light"

    "a soft rain"

    "a soft Southern drawl"

    "soft brown eyes"

    "a soft glance"

  • Soft (adjective)

    of sound; relatively low in volume;

    "soft voices"

    "soft music"

  • Soft (adjective)

    easily hurt;

    "soft hands"

    "a baby's delicate skin"

  • Soft (adjective)

    used chiefly as a direction or description in music;

    "the piano passages in the composition"

  • Soft (adjective)

    used of beverages; not containing alcohol;

    "nonalcoholic beverages"

    "soft drinks"

  • Soft (adjective)

    of speech sounds; characterized by a hissing or hushing sound (as `s' and `sh')

  • Soft (adjective)

    tolerant or lenient;

    "indulgent parents risk spoiling their children"

    "procedures are lax and discipline is weak"

    "too soft on the children"

  • Soft (adjective)

    having little impact;

    "an easy pat on the shoulder"

    "gentle rain"

    "a gentle breeze"

    "a soft (or light) tapping at the window"

  • Soft (adjective)

    not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship;

    "what a cushy job!"

    "a soft job"

  • Soft (adverb)

    in a relaxed manner; or without hardship;

    "just wanted to take it easy"

Princeton's WordNet

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