(Phrases). Hard as iron, etc.; hard as a brick; hard as a nail; hard as a deal board; stiff as buckram; stiff as a poker.
Clay, wax, butter, dough; a cushion, pillow, featherbed, down.
Mollification, softening, etc.
(Verbs). To render soft, soften, mollify, relax, temper, mash, knead, squash.
To bend, yield, relent, relax.
(Adjectives). Soft, tender, supple, pliable, limp, limber, flexible, flexile, lithe, lissom, svelte, willowy, pliant, plastic, waxen, ductile, tractile, tractable, malleable, extensile, sequacious.
Yielding, bending, flabby, lymphatic, flocculent, downy, flimsy, spongy, dematous, doughy, argillaceous, mellow; emollient, softening, etc.
(Phrases). Soft as butter; soft as down; soft as silk; yielding as wax; tender as a chicken.
India-rubber, caoutchouc, whalebone, elastic.
(Verbs). To be elastic, etc., to spring back, fly back, rebound, recoil 277.
(Adjectives). Elastic, tensile, springy, resilient, buoyant.
(Adjectives). Inelastic, ductile, limber, etc.
(Verbs). To be tenacious, etc., to resist fracture.
(Adjectives). Tenacious, tough, stubborn, cohesive, strong, resisting, coriaceous.
(Phrase). Tough as leather.
(Verbs). To be brittle, break, crack, snap, split, shiver, splinter, fracture, crumble, break short, burst, fly.
(Adjectives). Brittle, frangible, fragile, frail, gimcrack, shivery, fissile, splitting, splintery, crisp, short, crumbling.
(Phrase). Brittle as glass.
Fineness or coarseness of grain.
Science of textures: Histology.
(Adjectives). Textural, structural, organic, anatomic, anatomical.
Fine, delicate, subtle, fine-grained.
Coarse, rough-grained, coarse-grained.
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