Definition of Soft water

1. Noun. Water that is not hard (does not contain mineral salts that interfere with the formation of lather with soap).

Generic synonyms: H2o, Water
Antonyms: Hard Water

Definition of Soft water

1. Noun. (chemistry) water with a low concentration of dissolved minerals, especially calcium, making it easier to lather with soap ¹

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Medical Definition of Soft water

1. Water lacking those ions, such as Magnesium and Calcium, that form insoluble salts with fatty acids, so that ordinary soap will lather easily in it. (05 Mar 2000)

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Literary usage of Soft water

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1. Nature by Norman Lockyer (1877)
"The death-rate of this area compares well with the best soft-water districts. Mr.J. Mellard Reade, CE, FGS, added a special report On the South- If'est ..."

2. Quarterly Review by William Gifford, John Taylor Coleridge, John Gibson Lockhart, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, William Smith, John Murray, George Walter Prothero, Rowland Edmund Prothero Ernle (1869)
"It is certain, however, that when a soft water or rain water can be ... On the whole we cannot see that the advantages of soft water in this respect are of ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"If rain water runs down a clean, grassy slope to a stream, it is still nearly pure soft water. If it runs over limestone or ground containing particles of ..."

4. Reports of the Late John Smeaton, F.R.S., Made on Various Occasions, in the by John Smeaton (1837)
"Description of the Method of Supplying the Boilers of a Fire-Engine with soft water. •See Plate IV., Figs. 1, 2. With this view I placed in the hot well of ..."

5. Annual Report by Indiana State Board of Health (1899)
"A soft water is always to be preferred to a hard water. ... soft water is a better cleansing agent for bathing, scrubbing and laundry uses, not to speak of ..."

6. A Treatise on Domestic Economy, for the Use of Young Ladies at Home, and at by Catharine Esther Beecher (1854)
"A plenty of soft water is a very important item. When this cannot be had, ley or soda can be put in hard water, to soften it; care being used not to put in ..."

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