Gentle

Definition of Gentle

Gent´le
a.1.Well-born; of a good family or respectable birth, though not noble.
British society is divided into nobility, gentry, and yeomanry, and families are either noble, gentle, or simple.
- Johnson's Cyc.
The studies wherein our noble and gentle youth ought to bestow their time.
- Milton.
2.Quiet and refined in manners; not rough, harsh, or stern; mild; meek; bland; amiable; tender; as, a gentle nature, temper, or disposition; a gentle manner; a gentle address; a gentle voice.
3.A compellative of respect, consideration, or conciliation; as, gentle reader.
4.Not wild, turbulent, or refractory; quiet and docile; tame; peaceable; as, a gentle horse.
5.Soft; not violent or rough; not strong, loud, or disturbing; easy; soothing; pacific; as, a gentle touch; a gentle gallop .
O sleep! it is a gentle thing.
- Coleridge.
The gentle craft
the art or trade of shoemaking.
n.1.One well born; a gentleman.
Gentles, methinks you frown.
- Shak.
2.A trained falcon. See Falcon-gentil.
3.(Zool.) A dipterous larva used as fish bait.
v. t.1.To make genteel; to raise from the vulgar; to ennoble.
2.To make smooth, cozy, or agreeable.
To gentle life's descent,
We shut our eyes, and think it is a plain.
- Young.
3.To make kind and docile, as a horse.

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