Definitions for: 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"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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

Syn: Even; plain; level; flat; polished; glossy; sleek; soft;
bland; mild; soothing; voluble; flattering; adulatory;

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.

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.
(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.
(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.

Synonyms: 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

Antonyms: crannied, disconnected, rough, roughen, staccato, unsmooth

See Also: accomplishment, achievement, beautify, buff, burnish, change surface, compound, disembarrass, embellish, even, file, fine, flush, free, furbish, gloss, gloss over, ironed, launch, prettify, rake, rid, rub, sand, sandblast, sandpaper, Simonize, simple, skate over, skimp over, sleek, slick, slippery, slippy, slur over, smooth over, strip, unsubdivided

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