- IPA: /smuːð/
- Rhymes: -uːð
- Having a texture that lacks friction. Not rough.
- Without difficulty, problems, or unexpected consequences or incidents .
- bland; glib
- ( of a person ) suave; sophisticated
- ( of an action ) natural; unconstrained
- ( of a motion ) unbroken
- ( chiefly of water ) placid, calm.
- ( of an edge ) Lacking projections or indentations; not serrated.
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- ( of food or drink ) Not grainy; having an even texture.
- ( of a beverage ) Having a pleasantly rounded flavor; neither rough nor astringent.
- ( mathematics, of a function ) Having derivatives of all finite orders at all points within the function’s domain.
- ( linguistics, classical studies, of a vowel ) Lacking marked aspiration.
- Something which is smooth or easy.
- A smoothing action.
- A domestic animal having a smooth coat.
- A member of an anti-hippie fashion movement in 1970s Britain.
- ( statistics ) The analysis obtained through a smoothing procedure.
- To make smooth.
- ( statistics, image processing, digital audio ) To capture important patterns in the data, while leaving out noise.
- smoothing on Wikipedia .
From Middle English smoothe, smothe, smethe, from Old English smōþ, smōþe ( “smooth, serene, calm, unruffled” ) and Old English smēþe ( “smooth, polished, soft, without roughness or inequalities of surface, without discomfort or annoyance, suave, agreeable, avoiding offence, not irritating, not harsh, melodious, harmonious, lenitive” ), both from Proto-Germanic *smanþaz, *smanþiz ( “smooth, soft” ), of unknown origin. Cognate with Scots smuith ( “smooth” ), Low German smode, smoede, smoe ( “smooth” ), Low German smödig ( “smooth, malleable, ductile” ) .
Explanation of smooth by Wordnet Dictionary
- a long, smooth stride
- a smooth ride
- Smooth ( smth ), a. [Compar. Smoother ( smthẽr ); superl. Smoothest.] [OE. smothe, smethe, AS. smēðe, smœðe, where ē, œ, come from an older ō; cf. LG. smöde, smöe, smödig; 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.
☞ 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.
- 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 ( smthd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Smoothing.] [OE. smothen, smethen, AS. smēðian; cf. LG. smöden. 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: --
To free from obstruction; to make easy.
Thou, Abelard! the last sad office pay,
And smooth my passage to the realms of day. Pope.
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.
To palliate; to gloze; as, “to smooth over a fault”.
To give a smooth or calm appearance to.
Each perturbation smoothed with outward calm. Milton.
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.
Definition of smooth by GCIDE Dictionary