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ten·der 1

adj. ten·der·er, ten·der·est
a. Easily crushed or bruised; fragile: a tender petal.
b. Easily chewed or cut: tender beef.
2. Young and vulnerable: of tender age.
3. Frail; delicate.
4. Sensitive to frost or severe cold; not hardy: tender green shoots.
a. Easily hurt; sensitive: tender skin.
b. Painful; sore: a tender tooth.
a. Considerate and protective; solicitous: a tender mother; his tender concern.
b. Characterized by or expressing gentle emotions; loving: a tender glance; a tender ballad.
c. Given to sympathy or sentimentality; soft: a tender heart.
7. Nautical Likely to heel easily under sail; crank.
tr.v. ten·dered, ten·der·ing, ten·ders
To make tender.
A strip of meat, usually chicken, often breaded, deep-fried, and served with a sauce.

[Middle English, from Old French tendre, from Latin tener; see ten- in Indo-European roots. N., possibly short for tenderloin.]

ten′der·ly adv.
ten′der·ness n.

ten·der 2

1. A formal offer, as:
a. Law An offer to pay the amount due under a debt or obligation.
b. A written offer to contract goods or services at a specified cost or rate; a bid.
2. Something, especially money, offered in payment.
tr.v. ten·dered, ten·der·ing, ten·ders
1. To offer formally: tender a letter of resignation.
2. Law To offer (payment or performance) pursuant to an obligation.

[From French tendre, to offer, from Old French, from Latin tendere, to hold forth, extend; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

ten′der·er n.

tend·er 3

1. One who tends something: a lathe tender.
2. Nautical A vessel attendant on other vessels, especially one that ferries supplies between ship and shore.
3. A railroad car attached to the rear of a locomotive and designed to carry fuel and water.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tenderness - a tendency to express warm and affectionate feelingtenderness - a tendency to express warm and affectionate feeling
affectionateness, lovingness, fondness, warmth - a quality proceeding from feelings of affection or love
2.tenderness - a pain that is felt (as when the area is touched); "the best results are generally obtained by inserting the needle into the point of maximum tenderness"; "after taking a cold, rawness of the larynx and trachea come on"
chafing - soreness or irritation of the skin caused by friction
hurting, pain - a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder; "the patient developed severe pain and distension"
rebound tenderness - pain felt when a hand pressing on the abdomen is suddenly released; a symptom of peritoneal inflammation
chafe - soreness and warmth caused by friction; "he had a nasty chafe on his knee"
3.tenderness - warm compassionate feelings
compassion, compassionateness - a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering
4.tenderness - a positive feeling of likingtenderness - a positive feeling of liking; "he had trouble expressing the affection he felt"; "the child won everyone's heart"; "the warmness of his welcome made us feel right at home"
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
attachment, fond regard - a feeling of affection for a person or an institution
protectiveness - a feeling of protective affection
regard, respect - a feeling of friendship and esteem; "she mistook his manly regard for love"; "he inspires respect"
soft spot - a sentimental affection; "she had a soft spot for her youngest son"
5.tenderness - a feeling of concern for the welfare of someone (especially someone defenseless)
concern - a feeling of sympathy for someone or something; "She felt strong concern for those less fortunate"
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2. soreness, pain, sensitivity, smart, bruising, ache, aching, irritation, inflammation, rawness, sensitiveness, painfulness There is still some tenderness on her tummy.
3. succulence, softness, juiciness Protein detected is inversely proportional to the tenderness of the meat.
4. fragility, vulnerability, weakness, sensitivity, softness, feebleness, sensitiveness, frailness, delicateness the vulnerability and tenderness he brings to the role
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نَعومَه، لَطافَه، طَراوَه، لين


[ˈtendənɪs] N
1. (= gentleness) [of person, kiss, smile] → ternura f
2. (= sensitivity, soreness) → dolor m
breast tendernessdolor m en el pecho
some tenderness around the area is to be expectedes de esperar que la zona duela un poco
3. (Culin) [of meat, vegetables] → lo tierno
4. (Bot) → fragilidad f
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[ˈtɛndərnɪs] n
[person, words, kiss] → tendresse f
[meat] → tendreté f
(= soreness) → sensibilité f
There is still some tenderness in her stomach
BUT Le ventre lui fait encore un peu mal.; Le ventre est encore assez sensible.
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(= soreness)Empfindlichkeit f
(of meat)Zartheit f
(= affection, of person, voice, look) → Zärtlichkeit f; (of heart)Güte f
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[ˈtɛndənɪs] n (see adj) → tenerezza; (XXX) → sensibilità f inv
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(ˈtendə) adjective
1. soft; not hard or tough. The meat is tender.
2. sore; painful when touched. His injured leg is still tender.
3. loving; gentle. She had a tender heart.
ˈtenderness noun
ˈtenderly adverb
in a loving and gentle manner. He kissed her tenderly.
ˌtender-ˈhearted adjective
kind and sympathetic; easily made to feel pity.
ˌtender-ˈheartedness noun
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


n. blandura; delicadeza.
1. sensibilidad, condición sensible al tacto o palpación;
2. ternura.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


n dolor m (al tocar)
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References in classic literature ?
She began to cry and a still greater sense of pity, tenderness, and love welled up in Pierre.
"There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart," said she afterwards to herself.
The Monkey came with the rest and presented, with all a mother's tenderness, a flat-nosed, hairless, ill-featured young Monkey as a candidate for the promised reward.
For an instant they gazed upon each other with inexpressible tenderness; then the First Politician murmured, "God's will be done!
Anne was tenderness itself, and she had the full worth of it in Captain Wentworth's affection.
That is an emotion in which tenderness is an essential part, but Strickland had no tenderness either for himself or for others; there is in love a sense of weakness, a desire to protect, an eagerness to do good and to give pleasure -- if not unselfishness, at all events a selfishness which marvellously conceals itself; it has in it a certain diffidence.
He raised his suppliant eye, and seeing that she was leading him back to her quarters, his whole face beamed with joy and tenderness. She tried to make him enter the cell; but he persisted in remaining on the threshold.
For this he had, he knew, given sufficient occasion, by the utmost profusion of tenderness towards her: a tenderness which he had taken every means to persuade her he would always maintain.
Reflection had given calmness to her judgment, and sobered her own opinion of Willoughby's deserts;-- she wished, therefore, to declare only the simple truth, and lay open such facts as were really due to his character, without any embellishment of tenderness to lead the fancy astray.
Molly knew that the cause of her dingy rags was not her husband's neglect, but the demon Opium to whom she was enslaved, body and soul, except in the lingering mother's tenderness that refused to give him her hungry child.
To feel its wondrous harmonies searching the subtlest windings of your soul, the delicate fibres of life where no memory can penetrate, and binding together your whole being past and present in one unspeakable vibration, melting you in one moment with all the tenderness, all the love that has been scattered through the toilsome years, concentrating in one emotion of heroic courage or resignation all the hard-learnt lessons of self- renouncing sympathy, blending your present joy with past sorrow and your present sorrow with all your past joy?
For a fleeting moment a shadow darkened his boyish face, to be replaced by the glow of tenderness. He was only a boy, as she was only a girl--two young things on the threshold of life, house- renting and buying carpets together.