Dictionary > Tender

Tender

tender
1. Easily impressed, broken, bruised, or injured; not firm or hard; delicate; as, tender plants; tender flesh; tender fruit.
2. Sensible to impression and pain; easily pained. Our bodies are not naturally more tender than our faces. (L’Estrange)
3. Physically weak; not hardly or able to endure hardship; immature; effeminate. The tender and delicate woman among you. (Deut. Xxviii. 56)
4. Susceptible of the softer passions, as love, compassion, kindness; compassionate; pitiful; anxious for another’s good; easily excited to pity, forgiveness, or favor; sympathetic. The lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. (James v. 11) I am choleric by my nature, and tender by my temper. (Fuller)
5. Exciting kind concern; dear; precious. I love valentine, Whose life’s as tender to me as my soul! (Shak)
6. Careful to save inviolate, or not to injure; with of. Tender of property. The civil authority should be tender of the honor of god and religion. (Tillotson)
7. Unwilling to cause pain; gentle; mild. You, that are thus so tender o’er his follies, Will never do him good. (Shak)
8. Adapted to excite feeling or sympathy; expressive of the softer passions; pathetic; as, tender expressions; tender expostulations; a tender strain.
9. Apt to give pain; causing grief or pain; delicate; as, a tender subject. Things that are tender and unpleasing.
10. Heeling over to
a15
o easily when under sail; said of a vessel.
Tender is sometimes used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, tender-footed, tender-looking, tender-minded, tender-mouthed, and the like.
Synonym: delicate, effeminate, soft, sensitive, compassionate, kind, humane, merciful, pitiful.
Origin: F. Tendre, L. Tener; probably akin to tenuis thin. See Thin.
1. One who tends; one who takes care of any person or thing; a nurse.
2. A vessel employed to attend other vessels, to supply them with provisions and other stores, to convey intelligence, or the like.
3. A car attached to a locomotive, for carrying a supply of fuel and water.
Origin: From Tend to attend. Cf. Attender.


You will also like...

Gibberellins and Gibberellic Acid
Gibberellins and Gibberellic Acid

This tutorial describes the role of gibberellin family in plants. Find out the effects of gibberellin on plant growth an..

Homeostatic Mechanisms and Cellular Communication
Homeostatic Mechanisms and Cellular Communication

Homeostasis is the relatively stable conditions of the internal environment that result from compensatory regulatory res..

temperature - abiotic factor
Abiotic and Biotic Factors

This tutorial deals with the abiotic factors of the freshwater environment that determine what sort of life would be sui..

green leaf - close up view
Leaves

Leaves are the major photosynthetic organ of a plant. Apart from that, they are also crucial to water movement. In this ..

Young plant growing from the soil.
Soils

Nutrients in the soil are essential to the proper growth of a land plant. This tutorial deals with the properties of soi..

mRNA
Protein Synthesis

Part of the genetic information is devoted to the synthesis of proteins. mRNA, a type of RNA, is produced as a transcri..

Related Articles...

No related articles found

See all Related Topics