6 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Smooth \Smooth\ (sm[=oo][th]), adjective [Compar. {Smoother} (sm[=oo][th]"[~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 self-explaining 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Smooth \Smooth\, adverb Smoothly. --Chaucer.

Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep. --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Smooth \Smooth\, noun

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Smooth \Smooth\, verb (used with an object) [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}, adjective] 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Smooth \Smooth\, verb (used without an object) To flatter; to use blandishment.

Because I can not flatter and speak fair, Smile in men's faces, smooth, deceive and cog. --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: 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" [ant: {rough}, {unsmooth}]

2: smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication; "he was too politic to quarrel with so important a personage"; "the manager pacified the customer with a smooth apology for the error" [syn: {politic}, {smooth}, {suave}, {bland}]

3: of the margin of a leaf shape; not broken up into teeth [ant: {rough}]

4: smooth and unconstrained in movement; "a long, smooth stride"; "the fluid motion of a cat"; "the liquid grace of a ballerina" [syn: {fluent}, {fluid}, {liquid}, {smooth}]

5: (music) without breaks between notes; smooth and connected; "a legato passage" [syn: {legato}, {smooth}] [ant: {disconnected}, {staccato}]

6: of motion that runs or flows or proceeds without jolts or turbulence; "a smooth ride" [ant: {bumpy}, {jolting}, {jolty}, {jumpy}, {rocky}, {rough}]

7: lacking obstructions or difficulties; "the bill's path through the legislature was smooth and orderly"

8: (of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves; "a ribbon of sand between the angry sea and the placid bay"; "the quiet waters of a lagoon"; "a lake of tranquil blue water reflecting a tranquil blue sky"; "a smooth channel crossing"; "scarcely a ripple on the still water"; "unruffled water" [syn: {placid}, {quiet}, {still}, {tranquil}, {smooth}, {unruffled}]


1: the act of smoothing; "he gave his hair a quick smooth"


1: make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing; "smooth the surface of the wood" [syn: {smooth}, {smoothen}] [ant: {roughen}]

2: make (a surface) shine; "shine the silver, please"; "polish my shoes" [syn: {polish}, {smooth}, {smoothen}, {shine}]

3: free from obstructions; "smooth the way towards peace negotiations" [syn: {smooth}, {smooth out}]

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