English adjective: softening
|1.||softening having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin|
|Synonyms||demulcent, emollient, salving|
English noun: softening
|1.||softening (process) the process of becoming softer|
|Samples||Refrigeration delayed the softening of the fruit.|
He observed the softening of iron by heat.
|Broader (hypernym)||action, activity, natural action, natural process|