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For questions which a dictionary cannot answer about the meaning of a single word. It is best to include details about where you found the word, and any definitions that you have found that don't make sense, or don't fully answer your question.

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"Down" has a second meaning here. It is used to reference down feathers, a type of feather known for being soft. The phrase "soft as down" is just a poetic way to emphasize something being extremely …
answered Jul 26 '16 by eelero