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    the "soft," poorly-focused picture

    It is a long time since the soft, poorly-focused picture of early colour televisions and other technical problems were solved. (BBC news)

    What does soft mean in the above sentence?
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    Re: the "soft," poorly-focused picture

    It is a contrast to the sharp pictures of today. "Soft" refers to somewhat blurry, out of focus.

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    Re: the "soft," poorly-focused picture

    "Soft" describes the effect of being subtle and fuzzy, as opposed to being sharp, clear cut but "hard" when everything is in focus. Though the effect is incidental due to the limitation of the equipment of the time, it can be a desirable quality. The effect is sometimes deliberately created even with the use of advanced modern equipment.
    Last edited by tedmc; 16-Sep-2015 at 05:47.
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