Definitions for smooth
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word smooth.
the act of smoothing
"he gave his hair a quick smooth"
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"
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"
of the margin of a leaf shape; not broken up into teeth
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"
(music) without breaks between notes; smooth and connected
"a legato passage"
of motion that runs or flows or proceeds without jolts or turbulence
"a smooth ride"
lacking obstructions or difficulties
"the bill's path through the legislature was smooth and orderly"
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"
make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing
"smooth the surface of the wood"
polish, smooth, smoothen, shineverb
make (a surface) shine
"shine the silver, please"; "polish my shoes"
smooth, smooth outverb
free from obstructions
"smooth the way towards peace negotiations"
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.
The analysis obtained through a smoothing procedure.
To make smooth.
To capture important patterns in the data, while leaving out noise.
Having a texture that lacks friction. Not rough.
Without difficulty, problems, or unexpected consequences or incidents.
We hope for a smooth transition to the new system.
Lacking projections or indentations; not serrated.
Not grainy; having an even texture.
Having a pleasantly rounded flavor; neither rough nor astringent.
Having derivatives of all finite orders at all points within the function's domain.
Lacking marked aspiration.
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
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.
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.
In general, "smooth" refers to a surface, texture, or movement that is free from roughness, unevenness, or irregularity. It can be related to physical touch, taste, and visual observation, and can also describe transitions, operations, or processes that are untroubled, uninterrupted, or easy. In mathematics and sciences, "smooth" often refers to an object or function that is continuously differentiable or doesn't have abrupt changes. The term is relative and can be interpreted in different ways depending on the context.
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
evenly spread or arranged; sleek; as, smooth hair
gently flowing; moving equably; not ruffled or obstructed; as, a smooth stream
flowing or uttered without check, obstruction, or hesitation; not harsh; voluble; even; fluent
bland; mild; smoothing; fattering
causing no resistance to a body sliding along its surface; frictionless
the act of making smooth; a stroke which smooths
that which is smooth; the smooth part of anything
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
to free from obstruction; to make easy
to free from harshness; to make flowing
to palliate; to gloze; as, to smooth over a fault
to give a smooth or calm appearance to
to ease; to regulate
to flatter; to use blandishment
Etymology: [OE. smothen, smethen, AS. smian; cf. LG. smden. See Smooth, a.]
"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
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
A Cornish term applied when the surf abates its fury for a short space. Also, the lee of a ship or of a rock.
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
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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a surface without elevations or indentations.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Smooth is ranked #128249 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Smooth surname appeared 133 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Smooth.
83.4% or 111 total occurrences were Black.
9% or 12 total occurrences were White.
4.5% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'smooth' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3390
Rank popularity for the word 'smooth' in Verbs Frequency: #1106
Rank popularity for the word 'smooth' in Adjectives Frequency: #439
The numerical value of smooth in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of smooth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
I sincerely thank Congressman Barber for his service over many years to southern Arizona. I'll be seeking his input to continue strong constituent services and help ensure a smooth transition.
Billy Shampoo is better. I go on first and clean the hair. Conditioner is better. I leave the hair silky and smooth. Oh, really, fool Really.
The gates of Hell are open night and day Smooth the descent, and easy is the way But, to return, and view the cheerful skies In this, the task and mighty labor lies.
It's really important that any kinds of movement happen in a smooth, dignified, safe way, we want to make sure that ... very vulnerable people have a framework if they have to move or if they choose to move (so) that movement doesn't erode their development gains.
Smooth transitions are good, i will say on the smooth transitions front, we are going through a smooth transition as well. We have already prepared a bust of President-elect Trump to go into our Hall of the Presidents at Disney World.
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