About The Word Smooth

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Smooth Meaning & Definition
Smooth Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Smooth?

[n] the act of smoothing; "he gave is hair a quick smooth"
[adj] without chinks or crannies
[adj] lacking obstructions or difficulties; "the bill's path through the legislature was smooth and orderly"
[adj] smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication; "he was too politic to quarrel with so important a personage"; "the hostess averted a confrontation between two guests with a diplomatic change of subject"; "the manager pacified the customer with a smooth apology for the error"; "affable, suave, moderate men...smugly convinced of their respectability" - Ezra Pound
[adj] smooth and unconstrained in movement; "a long, smooth stride"; "the fluid motion of a cat"; "the liquid grace of a ballerina"; "liquid prose"
[adj] having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities; "smooth skin"; "a smooth tabletop"; "smooth fabric"; "a smooth road"; "water as smooth as a mirror"
[adj] not marked with wrinkles; "unwrinkled cheeks"
[adj] (botany) of the margin of a leaf shape; not broken up into teeth
[adj] (music) without breaks between notes; smooth and connected; "a legato passage"
[v] (of surfaces) make shine; "shine the silver, please"; "polish my shoes"
[v] make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing; "smooth the surface of the wood"
[v] free from obstructions; "smooth the way towards peace negociations"

Synonyms | Synonyms for Smooth: ceraceous | creaseless | diplomatic | diplomatical | easy | entire | fast | flowing | fluent | fluid | glassy | glossy | graceful | legato | liquid | marmoreal | marmorean | polish | politic | repand | satin(a) | satiny | seamless | shine | silken | silklike | silky | sinuate | sleek | slick | smooth out | smoothen | suave | uncrannied | uncreased | undulate | unfurrowed | unlined | unnotched | unseamed | untoothed | unwrinkled | velvet | velvety | waxlike | waxy

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Smooth In Webster's Dictionary

\Smooth\ (sm[=oo][th]), a. [Compar. {Smoother} (-[~e]r); superl. {Smoothest}.] [OE. smothe, smethe, AS. sm[=e][eth]e, sm[oe][eth]e, where [=e], [oe], come from an older [=o]; cf. LG. sm["o]de, sm["o]e, sm["o]dig; of uncertain origin.] 1. Having an even surface, or a surface so even that no roughness or points can be perceived by the touch; not rough; as, smooth glass; smooth porcelain. --Chaucer. The outlines must be smooth, imperceptible to the touch, and even, without eminence or cavities. --Dryden. 2. Evenly spread or arranged; sleek; as, smooth hair. 3. Gently flowing; moving equably; not ruffled or obstructed; as, a smooth stream. 4. Flowing or uttered without check, obstruction, or hesitation; not harsh; voluble; even; fluent. The only smooth poet of those times. --Milton. Waller was smooth; but Dryden taught to join The varying verse, the full-resounding line. --Pope. When sage Minerva rose, From her sweet lips smooth elocution flows. --Gay. 5. Bland; mild; smoothing; fattering. This smooth discourse and mild behavior oft Conceal a traitor. --Addison. 6. (Mech. & Physics) Causing no resistance to a body sliding along its surface; frictionless. Note: Smooth is often used in the formation of selfexplaining compounds; as, smooth-bodied, smooth-browed, smooth-combed, smooth-faced, smooth-finished, smooth-gliding, smooth-grained, smooth-leaved, smooth-sliding, smooth-speaking, smooth-woven, and the like. Syn: Even; plain; level; flat; polished; glossy; sleek; soft; bland; mild; soothing; voluble; flattering; adulatory; deceptive.
\Smooth\, adv. Smoothly. --Chaucer. Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep. --Shak.
\Smooth\, n. 1. The act of making smooth; a stroke which smooths. --Thackeray. 2. That which is smooth; the smooth part of anything. ``The smooth of his neck.'' --Gen. xxvii. 16.
\Smooth\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Smoothed} (sm[=oo]thd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Smoothing}.] [OE. smothen, smethen, AS. sm[=e][eth]ian; cf. LG. sm["o]den. See {Smooth}, a.] To make smooth; to make even on the surface by any means; as, to smooth a board with a plane; to smooth cloth with an iron. Specifically: (a) To free from obstruction; to make easy. Thou, Abelard! the last sad office pay, And smooth my passage to the realms of day. --Pope. (b) To free from harshness; to make flowing. In their motions harmony divine So smooths her charming tones that God's own ear Listens delighted. --Milton. (c) To palliate; to gloze; as, to smooth over a fault. (d) To give a smooth or calm appearance to. Each perturbation smoothed with outward calm. --Milton. (e) To ease; to regulate. --Dryden.
\Smooth\, v. i. To flatter; to use blandishment. Because I can not flatter and speak fair, Smile in men's faces, smooth, deceive and cog. --Shak.

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