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[saw-fuh-ner, sof-uh-] /ˈsɔ fə nər, ˈsɒf ə-/
  1. any admixture to a substance for promoting or increasing its softness, smoothness, or plasticity.
  2. water softener.
a person or thing that softens.
Origin of softener
1600-10; soften + -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for softener
  • It is also an effective deodorizer and water softener that enhances the cleaning powder of soap.
  • The plastic is a resin of the kind used to pull calcium out of water in a water softener.
  • Vending machines dispensing boxes of detergent and softener are available.
  • Use liquid fabric softener and hot water to remove old wallpaper.
  • The typical water softener has two parts: a mineral tank and a brine tank.
  • Inside a water softener are many small, round beads.
  • Anion exchange units operate using the same principle as a water softener.
  • Water softener resin appears as symmetrical and shiny particles that feel greasy to the touch.
  • Install a demand initiated regeneration water softener which only run while water is in use.
  • Information and precautions regarding water softener use.
British Dictionary definitions for softener


a substance added to another substance to increase its softness, pliability, or plasticity
a substance, such as a zeolite, for softening water
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Word Origin and History for softener

c.1600, agent noun from soften.

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