Similar in appearance or texture (especially in softness and smoothness) to silk.
- cloth with a silky lustre
- a silky wine
* silky oak
* Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary (1987-1996)
From (etyl) tendre, from (etyl) .
Sensitive or painful to the touch.
* 1597 , , All's Well that Ends Well , 3,2:
* 2006 , Mike Myers (as the voice of the title character), Shrek (movie)
Easily bruised or injured; not firm or hard; delicate.
- Be careful: that area is tender .
Physically weak; not able to endure hardship.
* Bible, Deuteronomy xxviii. 56
(of food) Soft and easily chewed.
* 2001 , Joey Pantolino (character), The Matrix (movie)
- the tender and delicate woman among you
Sensible to impression and pain; easily pained.
- The Matrix is telling my brain this steak is tender , succulent, and juicy.
Fond, loving, gentle, sweet.
- Our bodies are not naturally more tender than our faces.
* Bible, James v. 11
- The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
- You, that are thus so tender o'er his follies, / Will never do him good.
Adapted to excite feeling or sympathy; expressive of the softer passions; pathetic.
- I am choleric by my nature, and tender by my temper.
Apt to give pain; causing grief or pain; delicate.
* Francis Bacon
(nautical) Heeling over too easily when under sail; said of a vessel.
(obsolete) Exciting kind concern; dear; precious.
- Things that are tender and unpleasing.
(obsolete) Careful to keep inviolate, or not to injure; used with of .
- I love Valentine, / Whose life's as tender to me as my soul!
- tender of property
- The civil authority should be tender of the honour of God and religion.
* See also
* chicken tender
* tenderise, tenderize
* tender loving care, TLC
To make tender or delicate; to weaken.
*, vol.I, New York, 2001, p.233:
* Putnam Fadeless Dyes [flyer packaged with granulated dye]:
- To such as are wealthy, live plenteously, at ease, […] these viands are to be forborne, if they be inclined to, or suspect melancholy, as they tender their healths […].
to feel tenderly towards; to regard fondly.
* 1597 , (William Shakespeare), (Romeo and Juliet) , 3,1 (First Folio edition):
- Putnam Fadeless Dyes will not injure any material. Boiling water does tender some materials. […] Also, silk fibers are very tender when wet and care should be take not to boil them too vigorously.
- And ?o good Capulet , which name I tender
As dearely as my owne, be ?atisfied.
(obsolete) regard; care; kind concern
The inner flight muscle (pectoralis minor) of poultry.
- Thou makest some tender of my life / In this fair rescue thou hast brought to me.
(obsolete) Someone who tends or waits on someone.
(rail transport) A railroad car towed behind a steam engine to carry fuel and water.
(nautical) A naval ship that functions as a mobile base for other ships.
(nautical) A smaller boat used for transportation between a large ship and the shore.
* (smaller boat) dinghy
From (etyl) .
(formal) To offer, to give.
* 1864 November 21, Abraham Lincoln (signed) or John Hay, letter to Mrs. Bixby in Boston
- You see how all conditions, how all minds, tender down / Their services to Lord Timon.
to offer a payment, as at sales or auctions.
- I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.
* to tender something out
A means of payment such as a check or cheque, cash or credit card.
(legal) A formal offer to buy or sell something.
Any offer or proposal made for acceptance.
* 1599 ,
- [...] if she should make tender of her love, 'tis very possible he'll scorn it; for the man,—as you know all,—hath a contemptible spirit.
* legal tender
* to put out to tender
* to put out for tender