What does smooth mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. smooth(adj)

    the act of smoothing

    "he gave his hair a quick smooth"

  2. smooth(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"

  3. politic, smooth, suave, bland(adj)

    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. smooth(adj)

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

  5. fluent, fluid, liquid, smooth(adj)

    smooth and unconstrained in movement

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

  6. legato, smooth(adj)

    (music) without breaks between notes; smooth and connected

    "a legato passage"

  7. smooth(adj)

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

    "a smooth ride"

  8. smooth(adj)

    lacking obstructions or difficulties

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

  9. placid, quiet, still, tranquil, smooth, unruffled(verb)

    (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, smoothen(verb)

    make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing

    "smooth the surface of the wood"

  11. polish, smooth, smoothen, shine(verb)

    make (a surface) shine

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

  12. smooth, smooth out(verb)

    free from obstructions

    "smooth the way towards peace negotiations"


  1. smooth(Noun)

    Something which is smooth or easy.

  2. smooth(Noun)

    A smoothing action.

  3. smooth(Noun)

    A domestic animal having a smooth coat.

  4. smooth(Noun)

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

  5. smooth(Noun)

    The analysis obtained through a smoothing procedure.

  6. smooth(Verb)

    To make smooth.

  7. smooth(Verb)

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

  8. smooth(Adverb)


  9. smooth(Adjective)

    Having a texture that lacks friction. Not rough.

  10. smooth(Adjective)

    Without difficulty, problems, or unexpected consequences or incidents.

    We hope for a smooth transition to the new system.

  11. smooth(Adjective)

    bland; glib

  12. smooth(Adjective)

    suave; sophisticated

  13. smooth(Adjective)

    natural; unconstrained

  14. smooth(Adjective)


  15. smooth(Adjective)

    placid, calm.

  16. smooth(Adjective)

    Lacking projections or indentations; not serrated.

  17. smooth(Adjective)

    Not grainy; having an even texture.

  18. smooth(Adjective)

    Having a pleasantly rounded flavor; neither rough nor astringent.

  19. smooth(Adjective)

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

  20. smooth(Adjective)

    Lacking marked aspiration.

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

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. Smooth(adverb)


  8. Smooth(noun)

    the act of making smooth; a stroke which smooths

  9. Smooth(noun)

    that which is smooth; the smooth part of anything

  10. Smooth(adj)

    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. Smooth(adj)

    to free from obstruction; to make easy

  12. Smooth(adj)

    to free from harshness; to make flowing

  13. Smooth(adj)

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

  14. Smooth(adj)

    to give a smooth or calm appearance to

  15. Smooth(adj)

    to ease; to regulate

  16. Smooth(verb)

    to flatter; to use blandishment

  17. Origin: [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, operate 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

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British National Corpus

  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

How to pronounce smooth?

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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. Sipho P Nkosi:

    Somewhere the road will be smooth.

  2. Dario Scaffardi:

    We expect a smooth repayment over time.

  3. African Proverb:

    Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.

  4. English Proverb:

    A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.

  5. Shakespeare:

    The road to true love never did run smooth.

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