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gen•tle



Pronunciation: ( jen'tl), [key]
adj., -tler, -tlest,
v., -tled, -tling.


adj.
1. kindly; amiable: a gentle manner.
2. not severe, rough, or violent; mild: a gentle wind; a gentle tap on the shoulder.
3. moderate: gentle heat.
4. gradual: a gentle slope.
5. of good birth or family; wellborn.
6. characteristic of good birth; honorable; respectable: a gentle upbringing.
7. easily handled or managed; tractable: a gentle animal.
8. soft or low: a gentle sound.
9. polite; refined: Consider, gentle reader, my terrible predicament at this juncture.
10. entitled to a coat of arms; armigerous.
11. Archaic.noble; chivalrous: a gentle knight.

v.t.
1. to tame; render tractable.
2. to mollify; calm; pacify.
3. to make gentle.
4. to stroke; soothe by petting.
5. to ennoble; dignify.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

gentisic acidgentle breeze
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