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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 gen·tle /ˈʤɛntḷ/
 (a.)有禮貌的,文雅的;柔和的,和緩的;出身高貴的

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Gen·tle a. [Compar. Gentler superl. Gentlest ]
 1. Well-born; of a good family or respectable birth, though not noble.
    British society is divided into nobility, gentry, and yeomanry, and families are either noble, gentle, or simple.   --Johnson's Cyc.
    The studies wherein our noble and gentle youth ought to bestow their time.   --Milton.
 2. Quiet and refined in manners; not rough, harsh, or stern; mild; meek; bland; amiable; tender; as, a gentle nature, temper, or disposition; a gentle manner; a gentle address; a gentle voice.
 3. A compellative of respect, consideration, or conciliation; as, gentle reader. Gentle sirs.”  Gentle Jew.”  Gentle servant.”
 4. Not wild, turbulent, or refractory; quiet and docile; tame; peaceable; as, a gentle horse.
 5. Soft; not violent or rough; not strong, loud, or disturbing; easy; soothing; pacific; as, a gentle touch; a gentle gallop . Gentle music.”
    O sleep! it is a gentle thing.   --Coleridge.
 The gentle craft, the art or trade of shoemaking.
 Syn: -- Mild; meek; placid; dovelike; quiet; peaceful; pacific; bland; soft; tame; tractable; docile.
 Usage: Gentle, Tame, Mild, Meek. Gentle describes the natural disposition; tame, that which is subdued by training; mild implies a temper which is, by nature, not easily provoked; meek, a spirit which has been schooled to mildness by discipline or suffering. The lamb is gentle; the domestic fowl is tame; John, the Apostle, was mild; Moses was meek.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Gen·tle, n.
 1. One well born; a gentleman. [Obs.]
    Gentles, methinks you frown.    --Shak.
 2. A trained falcon. See Falcon-gentil.
 3. Zool. A dipterous larva used as fish bait.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Gent·le, v. t.
 1. To make genteel; to raise from the vulgar; to ennoble. [Obs.]
 2. To make smooth, cozy, or agreeable. [R. or Poet.]
 To gentle life's descent,
 We shut our eyes, and think it is a plain.   --Young.
 3. To make kind and docile, as a horse. [Colloq.]
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 gentle
      adj 1: soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe; "a gentle
             reprimand"; "a vein of gentle irony"; "poked gentle
             fun at him"
      2: having or showing a kindly or tender nature; "the gentle
         touch of her hand"; "her gentle manner was comforting"; "a
         gentle sensitive nature"; "gentle blue eyes"
      3: quiet and soothing; "a gentle voice"; "a gentle nocturne"
      4: belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or
         aristocracy; "an aristocratic family"; "aristocratic
         Bostonians"; "aristocratic government"; "a blue family";
         "blue blood"; "the blue-blooded aristocracy"; "of gentle
         blood"; "patrician landholders of the American South";
         "aristocratic bearing"; "aristocratic features";
         "patrician tastes" [syn: aristocratic, aristocratical,
          blue, blue-blooded, patrician]
      5: easily handled or managed; "a gentle old horse, docile and
         obedient" [syn: docile]
      6: having little impact; "an easy pat on the shoulder"; "gentle
         rain"; "a gentle breeze"; "a soft (or light) tapping at
         the window" [syn: easy, soft]
      7: marked by moderate steepness; "an easy climb"; "a gentle
         slope" [syn: easy]
      v 1: cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of;
           "She managed to mollify the angry customer" [syn: pacify,
            lenify, conciliate, assuage, appease, mollify,
            placate, gruntle]
      2: give a title to someone; make someone a member of the
         nobility [syn: ennoble, entitle]
      3: stroke soothingly