gentle


gentle
[[t]ʤe̱nt(ə)l[/t]]
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gentler, gentlest
1) ADJ-GRADED Someone who is gentle is kind, mild, and calm.

My son was a quiet and gentle man who liked sports and enjoyed life...

Michael's voice was gentle and consoling.

Derived words:
gently ADV-GRADED ADV with v

She smiled gently at him...

`I'm sorry to disturb you,' Webb said gently.

gentleness N-UNCOUNT

...the gentleness with which she treated her pregnant mother.

2) ADJ-GRADED Gentle actions or movements are performed in a calm and controlled manner, with little force.

...a gentle game of tennis...

His movements were gentle and deliberate.

Derived words:
gently ADV-GRADED

Patrick took her gently by the arm and led her to a chair.

3) ADJ-GRADED If you describe the weather, especially the wind, as gentle, you mean it is pleasant and calm and not harsh or violent.

The blustery winds of spring had dropped to a gentle breeze.

Derived words:
gently ADV-GRADED ADV with v

Light airs blew gently out of the south-east.

4) ADJ-GRADED A gentle slope or curve is not steep or severe.

...gentle, rolling meadows...

There were two passes over 13,000 feet but the slopes were gentle.

Derived words:
gently ADV-GRADED ADV after v, ADV adj

With its gently rolling hills it looks like Tuscany...

Green meadows sloped gently up from the road.

5) ADJ-GRADED A gentle heat is a fairly low heat.

Cook for 30 minutes over a gentle heat.

Derived words:
gently ADV-GRADED ADV with v

Add the onion and cook gently for about 5 minutes.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Gentle — Gen tle, a. [Compar. {Gentler}; superl. {Gentlest}.] [OE. gentil, F. gentil noble, pretty, graceful, fr. L. gentilis of the same clan or race, fr. gens, gentis, tribe, clan, race, orig. that which belongs together by birth, fr. the root of genere …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gentle — [jent′ l] adj. gentler, gentlest [ME gentil < OFr, of noble birth < L gentilis, of the same gens (in LL, of a good family) < gens: see GENS] 1. belonging to the upper classes or polite society 2. like or suitable to polite society;… …   English World dictionary

  • gentle — The phrase the gentle art, which was used with clever irony by the American painter James McNeill Whistler in his title The Gentle Art of Making Enemies (1890), had already become a cliché by the time Fowler wrote (1926). As well as being used… …   Modern English usage

  • gentle — [adj1] having a mild or kind nature affable, agreeable, amiable, benign, biddable, bland, compassionate, considerate, cool*, cultivated, disciplined, docile, domesticated, dovelike*, easy, genial, humane, kindly, laid back*, lenient, manageable,… …   New thesaurus

  • Gentle — Gent le, v. t. 1. To make genteel; to raise from the vulgar; to ennoble. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To make smooth, cozy, or agreeable. [R. or Poet.] [1913 Webster] To gentle life s descent, We shut our eyes, and think it is a plain. Young.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gentle — may refer to: *Gentleness *Gentleman *Gentle (comics) …   Wikipedia

  • Gentle — Gen tle, n. 1. One well born; a gentleman. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Gentles, methinks you frown. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A trained falcon. See {Falcon gentil}. [1913 Webster] 3. (Zo[ o]l.) A dipterous larva used as fish bait. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gentle — index harmless, lenient, nonmilitant, peaceable, placid Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • gentle — (adj.) early 13c., well born, from O.Fr. gentil high born, noble, of good family (11c., in Modern French nice, graceful, pleasing; fine pretty ), from L. gentilis of the same family or clan, from gens (gen. gentis) race, clan, from root of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • gentle — *soft, mild, smooth, lenient, bland, balmy Analogous words: *moderate, temperate: *pleasant, agreeable, grateful, pleasing, welcome: *calm, tranquil, serene, placid, peaceful, halcyon Antonyms: rough, harsh Contrasted words: vehement, intense,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • gentle — ► ADJECTIVE (gentler, gentlest) 1) mild or kind; not rough or violent. 2) not harsh or severe. 3) archaic noble or courteous. DERIVATIVES gentleness noun gently adverb …   English terms dictionary


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