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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Smooth  \Smooth\,  v.  i. 
  To  flatter;  to  use  blandishment. 
 
  Because  I  can  not  flatter  and  speak  fair,  Smile  in 
  men's  faces,  smooth,  deceive  and  cog.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Smooth  \Smooth\  (sm[=oo][th]),  a.  [Compar.  {Smoother}  (-[~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. 
 
  The  outlines  must  be  smooth,  imperceptible  to  the 
  touch,  and  even  without  eminence  or  cavities. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  Evenly  spread  or  arranged;  sleek;  as  smooth  hair. 
 
  3.  Gently  flowing;  moving  equably;  not  ruffled  or  obstructed; 
  as  a  smooth  stream. 
 
  4.  Flowing  or  uttered  without  check,  obstruction,  or 
  hesitation;  not  harsh;  voluble;  even  fluent. 
 
  The  only  smooth  poet  of  those  times.  --Milton. 
 
  Waller  was  smooth;  but  Dryden  taught  to  join  The 
  varying  verse,  the  full-resounding  line  --Pope. 
 
  When  sage  Minerva  rose,  From  her  sweet  lips  smooth 
  elocution  flows.  --Gay. 
 
  5.  Bland;  mild;  smoothing;  fattering. 
 
  This  smooth  discourse  and  mild  behavior  oft  Conceal 
  a  traitor.  --Addison. 
 
  6.  (Mech.  &  Physics)  Causing  no  resistance  to  a  body  sliding 
  along  its  surface;  frictionless. 
 
  Note:  Smooth  is  often  used  in  the  formation  of  selfexplaining 
  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 
 
  Syn:  Even  plain;  level;  flat;  polished;  glossy;  sleek;  soft; 
  bland;  mild;  soothing;  voluble;  flattering;  adulatory; 
  deceptive. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Smooth  \Smooth\,  adv 
  Smoothly.  --Chaucer. 
 
  Smooth  runs  the  water  where  the  brook  is  deep.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Smooth  \Smooth\,  n. 
  1.  The  act  of  making  smooth;  a  stroke  which  smooths. 
  --Thackeray. 
 
  2.  That  which  is  smooth;  the  smooth  part  of  anything  ``The 
  smooth  of  his  neck.''  --Gen.  xxvii.  16. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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: 
  a  To  free  from  obstruction;  to  make  easy. 
 
  Thou,  Abelard!  the  last  sad  office  pay  And  smooth 
  my  passage  to  the  realms  of  day  --Pope. 
  b  To  free  from  harshness;  to  make  flowing. 
 
  In  their  motions  harmony  divine  So  smooths  her 
  charming  tones  that  God's  own  ear  Listens 
  delighted.  --Milton. 
  c  To  palliate;  to  gloze;  as  to  smooth  over  a  fault. 
  d  To  give  a  smooth  or  calm  appearance  to 
 
  Each  perturbation  smoothed  with  outward  calm. 
  --Milton. 
  e  To  ease;  to  regulate.  --Dryden. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  smooth 
  adj  1:  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"  [ant:  {rough}] 
  2:  smoothly  agreeable  and  courteous  with  a  degree  of 
  sophistication;  "he  was  too  politic  to  quarrel  with  so 
  important  a  personage";  "the  hostess  averted  a 
  confrontation  between  two  guests  with  a  diplomatic  change 
  of  subject";  "the  manager  pacified  the  customer  with  a 
  smooth  apology  for  the  error";  "affable,  suave,  moderate 
  men...smugly  convinced  of  their  respectability"  Ezra 
  Pound  [syn:  {politic},  {suave}] 
  3:  (botany)  of  the  margin  of  a  leaf  shape;  not  broken  up  into 
  teeth  [ant:  {rough}] 
  4:  not  marked  with  wrinkles;  "unwrinkled  cheeks"  [syn:  {unwrinkled}] 
  5:  smooth  and  unconstrained  in  movement;  "a  long,  smooth 
  stride";  "the  fluid  motion  of  a  cat";  "the  liquid  grace  of 
  a  ballerina";  "liquid  prose"  [syn:  {flowing},  {fluent},  {fluid}, 
  {liquid}] 
  6:  (music)  without  breaks  between  notes;  smooth  and  connected; 
  "a  legato  passage"  [syn:  {legato}]  [ant:  {staccato}] 
  7:  without  chinks  or  crannies  [syn:  {uncrannied}]  [ant:  {crannied}] 
  8:  lacking  obstructions  or  difficulties;  "the  bill's  path 
  through  the  legislature  was  smooth  and  orderly" 
  n  :  the  act  of  smoothing;  "he  gave  is  hair  a  quick  smooth" 
  v  1:  make  smooth  or  smoother,  as  if  by  rubbing;  "smooth  the 
  surface  of  the  wood"  [syn:  {smoothen}]  [ant:  {roughen}] 
  2:  of  surfaces;  "shine  the  silver,  please";  "shine  my  shoes" 
  [syn:  {polish},  {smoothen},  {shine}] 
  3:  free  from  obstructions;  "smooth  the  way  towards  peace 
  negociations"  [syn:  {smooth  out}] 




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