1. the act of smoothing;
- Example: "he gave his hair a quick smooth"
1. make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing;
- Example: "smooth the surface of the wood"
[syn: smooth, smoothen]
2. make (a surface) shine;
- Example: "shine the silver, please"
- Example: "polish my shoes"
[syn: polish, smooth, smoothen, shine]
3. free from obstructions;
- Example: "smooth the way towards peace negotiations"
[syn: smooth, smooth out]
1. having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities;
- Example: "smooth skin"
- Example: "a smooth tabletop"
- Example: "smooth fabric"
- Example: "a smooth road"
- Example: "water as smooth as a mirror"
2. smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication;
- Example: "he was too politic to quarrel with so important a personage"
- Example: "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;
4. smooth and unconstrained in movement;
- Example: "a long, smooth stride"
- Example: "the fluid motion of a cat"
- Example: "the liquid grace of a ballerina"
[syn: fluent, fluid, liquid, smooth]
5. (music) without breaks between notes; smooth and connected;
- Example: "a legato passage"
[syn: legato, smooth]
6. of motion that runs or flows or proceeds without jolts or turbulence;
- Example: "a smooth ride"
7. lacking obstructions or difficulties;
- Example: "the bill's path through the legislature was smooth and orderly"
8. (of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves;
- Example: "a ribbon of sand between the angry sea and the placid bay"
- Example: "the quiet waters of a lagoon"
- Example: "a lake of tranquil blue water reflecting a tranquil blue sky"
- Example: "a smooth channel crossing"
- Example: "scarcely a ripple on the still water"
- Example: "unruffled water"
[syn: placid, quiet, still, tranquil, smooth, unruffled]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Smooth \Smooth\ (sm[=oo][th]), a. [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. [1913 Webster] The outlines must be smooth, imperceptible to the touch, and even, without eminence or cavities. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. Evenly spread or arranged; sleek; as, smooth hair. [1913 Webster] 3. Gently flowing; moving equably; not ruffled or obstructed; as, a smooth stream. [1913 Webster] 4. Flowing or uttered without check, obstruction, or hesitation; not harsh; voluble; even; fluent. [1913 Webster] The only smooth poet of those times. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Waller was smooth; but Dryden taught to join The varying verse, the full-resounding line. --Pope. [1913 Webster] When sage Minerva rose, From her sweet lips smooth elocution flows. --Gay. [1913 Webster] 5. Bland; mild; smoothing; fattering. [1913 Webster] This smooth discourse and mild behavior oft Conceal a traitor. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 6. (Mech. & Physics) Causing no resistance to a body sliding along its surface; frictionless. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Syn: Even; plain; level; flat; polished; glossy; sleek; soft; bland; mild; soothing; voluble; flattering; adulatory; deceptive. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Smooth \Smooth\, adv. Smoothly. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep. --Shak. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Smooth \Smooth\, n. 1. The act of making smooth; a stroke which smooths. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is smooth; the smooth part of anything. "The smooth of his neck." --Gen. xxvii. 16. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Smooth \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: [1913 Webster] (a) To free from obstruction; to make easy. [1913 Webster] Thou, Abelard! the last sad office pay, And smooth my passage to the realms of day. --Pope. [1913 Webster] (b) To free from harshness; to make flowing. [1913 Webster] In their motions harmony divine So smooths her charming tones that God's own ear Listens delighted. --Milton. [1913 Webster] (c) To palliate; to gloze; as, to smooth over a fault. [1913 Webster] (d) To give a smooth or calm appearance to. [1913 Webster] Each perturbation smoothed with outward calm. --Milton. [1913 Webster] (e) To ease; to regulate. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Smooth \Smooth\, v. i. To flatter; to use blandishment. [1913 Webster] Because I can not flatter and speak fair, Smile in men's faces, smooth, deceive and cog. --Shak. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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