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Princeton's WordNet

  1. smoothadjective

    the act of smoothing

    "he gave his hair a quick smooth"

  2. smoothadjective

    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"

  3. politic, smooth, suave, blandadjective

    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"

  4. smoothadjective

    of the margin of a leaf shape; not broken up into teeth

  5. fluent, fluid, liquid, smoothadjective

    smooth and unconstrained in movement

    "a long, smooth stride"; "the fluid motion of a cat"; "the liquid grace of a ballerina"

  6. legato, smoothadjective

    (music) without breaks between notes; smooth and connected

    "a legato passage"

  7. smoothadjective

    of motion that runs or flows or proceeds without jolts or turbulence

    "a smooth ride"

  8. smoothadjective

    lacking obstructions or difficulties

    "the bill's path through the legislature was smooth and orderly"

  9. placid, quiet, still, tranquil, smooth, unruffledverb

    (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"

  10. smooth, smoothenverb

    make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing

    "smooth the surface of the wood"

  11. polish, smooth, smoothen, shineverb

    make (a surface) shine

    "shine the silver, please"; "polish my shoes"

  12. smooth, smooth outverb

    free from obstructions

    "smooth the way towards peace negotiations"


  1. smoothnoun

    Something which is smooth or easy.

  2. smoothnoun

    A smoothing action.

  3. smoothnoun

    A domestic animal having a smooth coat.

  4. smoothnoun

    A member of an anti-hippie fashion movement in 1970s Britain.

  5. smoothnoun

    The analysis obtained through a smoothing procedure.

  6. smoothverb

    To make smooth.

  7. smoothverb

    To capture important patterns in the data, while leaving out noise.

  8. smoothadverb


  9. smoothadjective

    Having a texture that lacks friction. Not rough.

  10. smoothadjective

    Without difficulty, problems, or unexpected consequences or incidents.

    We hope for a smooth transition to the new system.

  11. smoothadjective

    bland; glib

  12. smoothadjective

    suave; sophisticated

  13. smoothadjective

    natural; unconstrained

  14. smoothadjective


  15. smoothadjective

    placid, calm.

  16. smoothadjective

    Lacking projections or indentations; not serrated.

  17. smoothadjective

    Not grainy; having an even texture.

  18. smoothadjective

    Having a pleasantly rounded flavor; neither rough nor astringent.

  19. smoothadjective

    Having derivatives of all finite orders at all points within the function's domain.

  20. smoothadjective

    Lacking marked aspiration.

  21. Etymology: From smoothe, smothe, smethe, from smoþ, smoþe and smeþe, both from smanþaz, of unknown origin. Cognate with smuith, smode, smoede, smoe, smödig.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Smooth

    Etymology: smeð, smoeð, Saxon; mwyth, Welsh.

    Behold Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man. Gen. xxvii. 11.

    Missing thee, I walk unseen,
    On the dry smooth-shaven green,
    To behold the wandring moon,
    Riding near her highest noon. John Milton.

    The outlines must be smooth, imperceptible to the touch, and even without eminences or cavities. Dryden.

    Nor box nor limes, without their use,
    Smooth-grain’d, and proper for the turner’s trade:
    Which curious hands may carve and steel with ease invade. Dryden.

    He for the promis’d journey bids prepare
    The smooth-hair’d horses, and the rapid car. Alexander Pope.

    By the hand he took me rais’d,
    And over fields and waters, as in air,
    Smooth-sliding without step. John Milton.

    The fair-hair’d queen of love
    Descends smooth-gliding from the courts above. Alexander Pope.

    Smooth Adonis from his rock
    Ran purple to the sea. John Milton.

    When sage Minerva rose,
    From her sweet lips smooth elocution flows. John Gay.

    So, Dick adept, tuck back thy hair;
    And I will pour into thy ear
    Remarks, which none did e’er disclose,
    In smooth-pac’d verse or hobling prose. Matthew Prior.

    The subtle fiend,
    Though inly stung with anger and disdain,
    Dissembled, and this answer smooth return’d. John Milton, Par. Reg.

    This smooth discourse and mild behaviour oft
    Conceal a traitor. Addison.

    He was smooth-tongued, gave good words, and seldom lost his temper. John Arbuthnot, Hist. of J. Bull.

    The madding monarchs to compose
    The Pylian prince, the smooth-speech’d Nestor, rose. Thomas Tickell.

  2. To Smoothverb

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    This man’s a flatt’rer? if one be,
    So are they all; for every greeze of fortune
    Is smooth’d by that below. William Shakespeare.

    The carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil. Isa. xli.

    Now on the wings of winds our course we keep;
    For God had smooth’d the waters of the deep. Alexander Pope, Odyss.

    It brings up again into the mouth that which it had swallowed, and chewing it, grinds and smooths it, and afterwards swallows it into another stomach. John Ray, on the Creation.

    The board on which we sit
    Is not so smooth as are thy verses, Jonathan Swift.

    Thou, Abelard! the last sad office pay,
    And smooth my passage to the realms of day. Alexander Pope.

    In their motions harmony divine
    So smooths her charming tones. John Milton.

    All your muse’s softer art display,
    Let Carolina smooth the tuneful lay;
    Lull with Amelia’s liquid name the Nine,
    And sweetly flow through all the royal line. Alexander Pope.

    Had it been a stranger, not my child,
    To smooth his fault, I would have been more mild. William Shakespeare.

    Now breathe we, lords; good fortune bids us pause,
    And smooth the frowns of war with peaceful looks. William Shakespeare.

    Each perturbation smooth’d with outward calm. John Milton.

    Smiling she seem’d, and full of pleasing thought,
    From ocean as she first began to rise,
    And smooth’d the ruffled seas, and clear’d the skies. Dryden.

    Restor’d it soon will be; the means prepar’d,
    The difficulty smooth’d, the danger shar’d:
    Be but yourself. Dryden.

    Because I cannot flatter and look fair,
    Smile in men’s faces, smooth, deceive and cog,
    Duck with French nods, and apish courtesy,
    I must be held a rancorous enemy. William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Smooth

    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

  2. Smooth

    evenly spread or arranged; sleek; as, smooth hair

  3. Smooth

    gently flowing; moving equably; not ruffled or obstructed; as, a smooth stream

  4. Smooth

    flowing or uttered without check, obstruction, or hesitation; not harsh; voluble; even; fluent

  5. Smooth

    bland; mild; smoothing; fattering

  6. Smooth

    causing no resistance to a body sliding along its surface; frictionless

  7. Smoothadverb


  8. Smoothnoun

    the act of making smooth; a stroke which smooths

  9. Smoothnoun

    that which is smooth; the smooth part of anything

  10. Smoothadjective

    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

  11. Smoothadjective

    to free from obstruction; to make easy

  12. Smoothadjective

    to free from harshness; to make flowing

  13. Smoothadjective

    to palliate; to gloze; as, to smooth over a fault

  14. Smoothadjective

    to give a smooth or calm appearance to

  15. Smoothadjective

    to ease; to regulate

  16. Smoothverb

    to flatter; to use blandishment

  17. Etymology: [OE. smothen, smethen, AS. smian; cf. LG. smden. See Smooth, a.]


  1. Smooth

    "Smooth" is a collaboration between Latin rock band Santana and Rob Thomas of the rock group Matchbox Twenty. The song was written by Thomas and Itaal Shur, sung by Thomas, produced by Matt Serletic and won three Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Smooth

    smōōth, adj. having an even surface: not tough: evenly spread: glossy: gently flowing: easy: regular: unobstructed: bland: mild, calm.—v.t. to make smooth: to palliate: to soften: to calm: to ease: (Shak.) to exonerate.—v.i. to repeat flattering words.—n. (B.) the smooth part.—adj. Smooth′-bore, not rifled.—n. a gun with smooth-bored barrel.—adjs. Smooth′-browed, with unwrinkled brow; Smooth′-chinned, having a smooth chin: beardless; Smooth′-dit′tied, sweetly sung, with a flowing melody.—v.t Smooth′en, to make smooth.—n. Smooth′er, one who, or that which, smooths: in glass-cutting, an abrading-wheel for polishing the aces of the grooves cut by another wheel: (obs.) a flatterer.—adj. Smooth′-faced, having a smooth air, mild-looking.—ns. Smooth′ing-ī′ron, an instrument of iron for smoothing clothes; Smooth′ing-plane, a small fine plane used for finishing.—adv. Smooth′ly.—n. Smooth′ness.—adjs. Smooth′-paced, having a regular easy pace; Smooth′-shod, having shoes without spikes; Smooth′-spō′ken, speaking pleasantly: plausible: flattering; Smooth′-tongued, having a smooth tongue: flattering. [A.S. smóthe, usually sméthe; Ger. ge-schmeidig, soft.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. smooth

    A Cornish term applied when the surf abates its fury for a short space. Also, the lee of a ship or of a rock.

Editors Contribution

  1. smooth

    Easy to achieve, use or function.

    It was a smooth process to access the information online and all of the team were very grateful.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 20, 2019  

  2. smooth

    Of a motion flows easily.

    The aeroplane journey was smooth, all onboard were very grateful x

    Submitted by MaryC on December 20, 2019  

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  1. Smooth

    a surface without elevations or indentations.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'smooth' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3390

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'smooth' in Verbs Frequency: #1106

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'smooth' in Adjectives Frequency: #439

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of smooth in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of smooth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of smooth in a Sentence

  1. Brendan Malone:

    Once we got the congressman involved, everything just went real smooth. He had some contacts. I believe he even contacted the consulate in Washington, D.C. and then after that everything just went really, super fast.

  2. William Shakespeare:

    The course of true love never did run smooth.

  3. Prashant Agarwal:

    Sufferings go along with success as life can never be a uniform and smooth road. It is a culmination of unprecedented and unfortunate events. So, if you have the strength to stand strong at the time of suffering then you can surely except success to knock at your door.

  4. Rex Tillerson:

    What is most important is to ensure an orderly and smooth transition during a time that the country continues to face significant policy and national security challenges.

  5. Phil McAlister:

    The private sector is technically and financially capable of developing and operating commercial low-Earth orbit destinations, with NASA's assistance. We look forward to sharing our lessons learned and operations experience with the private sector to help them develop safe, reliable, and cost-effective destinations in space, the report we have delivered to Congress describes, in detail, our comprehensive plan for ensuring a smooth transition to commercial destinations after retirement of the International Space Station in 2030.

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