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soft·en

 (sô′fən, sŏf′ən)
v. soft·ened, soft·en·ing, soft·ens
v.tr.
1. To make soft or softer.
2. To undermine or reduce the strength, morale, or resistance of.
3. To make less harsh, strident, or critical: softened the last paragraph of the letter.
v.intr.
To become soft or softer.

soft′en·er n.

softener

(ˈsɒfənə)
n
1. (Chemistry) a substance added to another substance to increase its softness, pliability, or plasticity
2. (Chemistry) a substance, such as a zeolite, for softening water
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.softener - a substance added to another to make it less hardsoftener - a substance added to another to make it less hard
conditioner - a substance used in washing (clothing or hair) to make things softer
plasticiser, plasticizer - a substance added to plastics or other materials to make them more pliable
chemical, chemical substance - material produced by or used in a reaction involving changes in atoms or molecules
water softener - a substance (such as sodium chloride) that lessens the hardness of water by replacing calcium and magnesium ions with sodium ions and so gives the water more efficient sudsing power
Translations

softener

[ˈsɒfnəʳ] N (= water softener) → descalcificador m, decalcificador m; (= fabric softener) → suavizante m

softener

[ˈsɒfər] n
(also water softener) → adoucisseur m
(also fabric softener) → adoucissant m, assouplissant msoft focus nflou m artistique, flou m
in soft focus → un peu flouté(e), légèrement flou(e)soft fruit n (British)baies fplsoft furnishings npl (British)tissus mpl d'ameublementsoft goods npl (US)tissus mplsoft-hearted [ˌsɒftˈhɑːrtɪd] adjau cœur tendre

softener

nWeichmacher m; (for water also) → Enthärtungsmittel nt; (= fabric softener)Weichspüler m, → Weichspülmittel nt

softener

[ˈsɒfnəʳ] nammorbidente m
References in classic literature ?
A ride of two hundred and odd miles in severe weather, is one of the best softeners of a hard bed that ingenuity can devise.
If you want to treat the water to reduce the calcium and magnesium, this can be done with an ion exchange unit: a water softener.
Stool softeners may be helpful, especially with hemorrhoids or piles present, but the stool softener must be taken daily for effectiveness.
A statistical treatment of well water analysis done in the Stamford, Connecticut area shows a significant difference in total chloride concentrations in wells not treated with a water softener and wells with a softener.
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Request for quotations : softener for softening linen and mixed fabrics broken down by 2 lots
A WOMAN sparked a blaze after following a YouTube craze by pouring fabric softener balls into an aromatherapy oil burner to enhance the smell.
Whirlpool used two ratchet designs, depending on whether the washer has a plain agitator or one equipped with a fabric softener dispenser.
Gwangju-si, South Korea, June 05, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Amex Co introduced the concept of an eco-friendly water softener to the market in addition to several other products like a cosmetic refrigerator.
Since its debut, Henkel has gotten distribution commitments for Purex Complete Crystals Softener from almost every major retailer in the U.S.
All of Procter & Gamble's Gain laundry detergent and fabric softener products have been upgraded with FreshLock technology, which company executives say provides longer-lasting freshness for laundry.
Purex Complete 3-in-l combines detergent, softener and antistatic ingredients in a single sheet that goes from washer to dryer.