[ smooth ]
/ smuð /
adjective, smooth·er, smooth·est.
free from projections or unevenness of surface; not rough: smooth wood; a smooth road.
generally flat or unruffled, as a calm sea.
free from hairs or a hairy growth: a smooth cheek.
of uniform consistency; free from lumps, as a batter, sauce, etc.
free from or proceeding without abrupt curves, bends, etc.: a smooth ride.
allowing or having an even, uninterrupted movement or flow: smooth driving.
easy and uniform, as motion or the working of a machine.
having projections worn away: a smooth tire casing.
free from hindrances or difficulties: a smooth day at the office.
noting a metal file having the minimum commercial grade of coarseness for a single-cut file.Compare dead-smooth.
undisturbed, tranquil, or equable, as the feelings, temper, etc.; serene: a smooth disposition.
elegant, easy, or polished: smooth manners.
ingratiatingly polite or suave: That salesman is a smooth talker.
free from harshness, sharpness, or bite; bland or mellow, as cheese or wine.
not harsh to the ear, as sound: the smooth music of a ballroom dance band.
Phonetics. without aspiration.
in a smooth manner; smoothly.
verb (used with object)
to make smooth of surface, as by scraping, planing, or pressing.
to remove (projections, ridges, wrinkles, etc.) in making something smooth (often followed by away or out).
to free from difficulties.
to remove (obstacles) from a path (often followed by away).
to make more polished, elegant, or agreeable, as wording or manners.
to tranquilize, calm, or soothe (a person, the feelings, etc.).
Mathematics. to simplify (an expression) by substituting approximate or certain known values for the variables.
act of smoothing: She adjusted the folds with a smooth of her hand.
something that is smooth; a smooth part or place: through the rough and the smooth.
smooth over, to make seem less severe, disagreeable, or irreconcilable; allay; mitigate: He smoothed over my disappointment with kind words.
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Origin of smooth
before 1050; (adj.) Middle English smothe, late Old English smōth; compare Middle English smethe, Old English smēthe smooth; cognate with Old Saxon smōthi; (v.) late Middle English smothen, derivative of the adj.; replacing Middle English smethen, Old English smēth(i)an
OTHER WORDS FROM smooth
smooth·a·ble, adjectivesmooth·er, nounsmooth·ly, adverbsmooth·ness, noun
o·ver·smooth, adjectiveo·ver·smooth·ly, adverbo·ver·smooth·ness, nounpre·smooth, verb (used with object)re·smooth, verb (used with object)un·smooth, adjectiveun·smooth·ly, adverbun·smooth·ness, nounun·smoothed, adjective
Words nearby smooth
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British Dictionary definitions for smooth over (1 of 2)
(tr) to ease or gloss overto smooth over a situation
British Dictionary definitions for smooth over (2 of 2)
/ (smuːð) /
resting in the same plane; without bends or irregularities
silky to the touchsmooth velvet
lacking roughness of surface; flat
tranquil or unruffledsmooth temper
lacking obstructions or difficulties
- suave or persuasive, esp as suggestive of insincerity
- (in combination)smooth-tongued
(of the skin) free from hair
of uniform consistencysmooth batter
not erratic; free from joltssmooth driving
not harsh or astringenta smooth wine
having all projections worn awaysmooth tyres
maths (of a curve) differentiable at every point
phonetics without preliminary or simultaneous aspiration
gentle to the ear; flowing
physics (of a plane, surface, etc) regarded as being frictionless
in a calm or even manner; smoothly
verb (mainly tr)
(also intr often foll by down) to make or become flattened or without roughness or obstructions
(often foll by out or away) to take or rub (away) in order to make smoothshe smoothed out the creases in her dress
to make calm; soothe
to make easiersmooth his path
electrical engineering to remove alternating current ripple from the output of a direct current power supply
obsolete to make more polished or refined
the smooth part of something
the act of smoothing
tennis squash badminton the side of a racket on which the binding strings form a continuous lineCompare rough (def. 27)
See also smooth over
Derived forms of smoothsmoothable, adjectivesmoother, nounsmoothly, adverbsmoothness, noun
Word Origin for smooth
Old English smōth; related to Old Saxon māthmundi gentle-minded, smōthi smooth
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Idioms and Phrases with smooth over (1 of 2)
Rid of obstructions or difficulties, as in We tried to smooth things over between the families before the wedding but did not succeed. [Late 1600s]
Idioms and Phrases with smooth over (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with smooth
- smooth as silk
- smooth over
- smooth sailing
- take the rough with the smooth
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