smooth

adjective
\ ˈsmüt͟h How to pronounce smooth (audio) \

Definition of smooth

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a(1) : having a continuous even surface
(2) of a curve : being the representation of a function with a continuous first derivative
(3) : having or being a short even coat of hair a smooth collie — compare rough, wirehaired
b : being without hair
c : glabrous a smooth leaf
d : causing no resistance to sliding
2 : free from difficulties or impediments the smooth course of his life
3 : even and uninterrupted in flow or flight
4 : excessively and often artfully suave : ingratiating a smooth operator
5a : serene, equable a smooth disposition
6a : not sharp or harsh a smooth sherry
b : free from lumps

smooth

verb
smoothed; smoothing; smooths also smoothes

Definition of smooth (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to make smooth
2a : to free from what is harsh or disagreeable : polish smoothed out his style
b : soothe
3 : to minimize (something, such as a fault) especially in order to allay anger or ill will his main job is to smooth over the friction that so often arises— Brian Crozier
4 : to free from obstruction or difficulty conciliation smoothed the way to an agreement
5a : to press flat smoothed down the folds of her dress
b : to remove expression from (one's face) : compose
6 : to cause to lie evenly and in order : preen a bird smoothing its feathers
7 : to free (a graph, a collection of data, etc.) from irregularities

intransitive verb

: to become smooth

smooth

noun

Definition of smooth (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a smooth part
2 : the act of smoothing
3 : a smoothing implement

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Other Words from smooth

Adjective

smooth adverb
smoothly adverb
smoothness noun

Verb

smoother noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for smooth

Synonyms: Adjective

debonair, sophisticated, suave, svelte, urbane

Synonyms: Verb

ease, facilitate, grease, loosen (up), unclog

Antonyms: Adjective

boorish, churlish, classless, clownish, loutish, uncouth

Antonyms: Verb

complicate

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Adjective

level, flat, plane, even, smooth mean having a surface without bends, curves, or irregularities. level applies to a horizontal surface that lies on a line parallel with the horizon. the vast prairies are nearly level flat applies to a surface devoid of noticeable curvatures, prominences, or depressions. the work surface must be flat plane applies to any real or imaginary flat surface in which a straight line between any two points on it lies wholly within that surface. the plane sides of a crystal even applies to a surface that is noticeably flat or level or to a line that is observably straight. trim the hedge so it is even smooth applies especially to a polished surface free of irregularities. a smooth skating rink

easy, facile, simple, light, effortless, smooth mean not demanding effort or involving difficulty. easy is applicable either to persons or things imposing tasks or to activity required by such tasks. an easy college course facile often adds to easy the connotation of undue haste or shallowness. facile answers to complex questions simple stresses ease in understanding or dealing with because complication is absent. a simple problem in arithmetic light stresses freedom from what is burdensome. a light teaching load effortless stresses the appearance of ease and usually implies the prior attainment of artistry or expertness. moving with effortless grace smooth stresses the absence or removal of all difficulties, hardships, or obstacles. a smooth ride

suave, urbane, diplomatic, bland, smooth, politic mean pleasantly tactful and well-mannered. suave suggests a specific ability to deal with others easily and without friction. a suave public relations coordinator urbane implies high cultivation and poise coming from wide social experience. an urbane traveler diplomatic stresses an ability to deal with ticklish situations tactfully. a diplomatic negotiator bland emphasizes mildness of manner and absence of irritating qualities. a bland master of ceremonies smooth suggests often a deliberately assumed suavity. a smooth salesman politic implies shrewd as well as tactful and suave handling of people. a cunningly politic manager

Examples of smooth in a Sentence

Adjective

They groomed the ski trail so it was smooth. The river rocks had been worn smooth by the water. Whisk the flour into the gravy until it is smooth. The milkshake was smooth and creamy. With the aid of observers, the election process was a smooth one. Our trip was smooth and uneventful. the smooth movements of a swimmer She has a nice, smooth golf swing. His new car has a smooth ride. Our flight was very smooth.

Verb

He smoothed his tie and headed out the door. The coin's date had been smoothed away over time. Smooth the cream on after your shower. Smooth the wax over the wood before polishing. She smoothed on some moisturizer before she put on her makeup. He smoothed ointment over the cut.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

While their faces had aged normally, their hands remained smooth and soft in appearance. Allure, "What You Need to Know About The “Skip Care” Skin-Care Trend," 14 June 2019 Then, as the ride progresses, bikers will conquer a burly-and-rocky incline before descending a smooth-and-flowy downhill that empties into the Bluebird Meadow Trail. Heather Balogh Rochfort, The Know, "Mountain biking trails that’ll get you home in time for dinner," 13 June 2019 There are very tender potato gnocchi, super-saturated in a thin, bracingly fresh basil pesto; a bowl of spaghettini in a brilliant lemon-butter sauce; and tagliatelle, smooth and wide as a belt, lathered in a basic yet satisfying red-sauce sugo. Patricia Escárcega, latimes.com, "Review: At Bulgarini in Altadena, a gelato master tries his hand at pasta," 12 June 2019 And the martinis, smooth and stirred (never shaken), will knock you on your ass. Michael Callahan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Musso & Frank Icon Sergio Gonzalez Served Stars From Sinatra to the Rolling Stones: "We Treat People Like Our Own Family"," 8 June 2019 Putting them on felt like slipping into something smooth and familiar, like stepping into a pure glass of milk. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "These Are The Best Lululemon Leggings For Your Fitness Goals," 6 June 2019 Moisturizer will help keep the skin’s protective barrier functioning properly and your skin feeling smooth and soft. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Your Skin-Care Routine Actually Only Needs These 3 Things," 21 May 2019 Heat, stirring occasionally until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and smooth. Marie Claire, "You Can Put CBD in That: Chocolatey Peanut Butter Brownies," 19 Apr. 2019 Other boundary regions appear smooth and thus are perhaps mixing much more freely, hinting that, on the whole, the mantle has regions of deep mixing and zones that are slower to intertwine. National Geographic, "Rugged 'mountains' taller than Everest lurk deep inside Earth," 25 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That reignites questions of how the Lakers would proceed with a deal for Davis, whose arrival in L.A. would do a lot to smooth concerns over a rocky start to the offseason. Kyle Goon, Orange County Register, "Purple & Bold: Anthony Davis rumors are circling again. Here’s what’s changed.," 6 June 2019 Modern films are presented at 24 fps, so Stereo D ran the footage through computer software to smooth it out by creating digital transitional frames. Peter Martin, Popular Mechanics, "This World War I Footage Was Smoothed and Colorized. And It’s Amazing.," 17 Dec. 2018 Solution: The key to smoothing it out is sieving it. Mandy Major, Woman's Day, "10 Common Cooking Mistakes—Solved," 11 May 2011 Using just her hands and a blow-dryer, DellAquila raked and smoothed out the bangs with her fingers to mix the bangs with my waves. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "I Got Clip-In Bangs and They Changed Everything," 19 July 2018 Mr Murphy’s path has been smoothed by the polarising of the issue on party lines. The Economist, "Senator Chris Murphy has become a leader on gun-control," 5 Apr. 2018 Facebook spent the week trying to explain what happened, and Zuckerberg finally did a press tour Wednesday apologizing and trying to smooth over concerns that the social network can no longer be trusted. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Calls for Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Congress are getting louder," 23 Mar. 2018 Finally, slide a finger along the joint to smooth the bead, remove the tape while the caulk is still wet, and let the caulk cure for at least 24 hours before using the shower or bath. Daniel Bortz, sacbee, "Four home-improvement jobs you can knock out," 15 June 2018 Caledonia may assign some of its sewage treatment capacity to Mount Pleasant in an agreement that would help smooth the way for the Foxconn project. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Caledonia, Mount Pleasant deal could help Foxconn project," 24 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In addition to making your hair crazy smooth, the spray also works as a heat protectant and to keep your hair impervious to the effects of humidity. Jihan Forbes, Allure, "The IGK Good Behavior Smoothing Spray Is Like a Keratin Treatment in a Bottle," 28 July 2018 After the joint compound has dried (usually at least two hours), remove the screws and sand the surface of the patch smooth. Peter Martin, Popular Mechanics, "How to Fix a Hole in Drywall," 7 Nov. 2018 This very thin liquid layer also makes ice extra smooth. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The surprising science of why ice is so slippery," 31 Jan. 2019 On Tuesday, Nvidia fulfilled its CES promises by releasing GeForce driver 417.71, which lets GeForce graphics cards tap into the Adaptive Sync capabilities of AMD FreeSync monitors for buttery-smooth, tearing-free gaming. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia driver unlocks FreeSync monitor support for GeForce graphics cards," 15 Jan. 2019 Reduce speed to medium-low; add melted chocolate, then cocoa mixture, beating until smooth and occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Chocolate Cake You'll Ever Have," 30 Mar. 2015 This Japanese rice bran powder, long used by the women of Kyoto as a face wash, brightens, smooths, and evens the skin. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Gifts Under $100 to Give Everyone on Your List," 19 Nov. 2018 Games were super-smooth, although no iOS games really offer Xbox One-quality graphics. Nilay Patel, The Verge, "Apple iPad Pro review 2018: the fastest iPad is still an iPad," 5 Nov. 2018 That good ol' magnolia oil smooths and softens, giving the formula an almost balm-like feel. Melanie Rud Chadwick, Allure, "Introducing Ever Makeup, the Clean Cosmetics Line Brand From Ever Skin," 3 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of smooth

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for smooth

Adjective

Middle English smothe, from Old English smōth; akin to Old Saxon smōthi smooth

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smooth

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of smooth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having a flat, even surface : not rough : not having any bumps, ridges, or uneven parts
of a liquid mixture : not having any lumps : mixed together so there are no lumps
: happening or done without any problems

smooth

verb

English Language Learners Definition of smooth (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (something) smooth
: to remove problems or difficulties from a situation
: to spread (something) over a surface (such as your skin) : to apply (something) by rubbing it on a surface

smooth

adjective
\ ˈsmüt͟h How to pronounce smooth (audio) \
smoother; smoothest

Kids Definition of smooth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not rough or uneven in surface a smooth board
2 : not hairy a smooth face
3 : free from difficulties or things in the way a smooth path a smooth journey
4 : moving or progressing without breaks, sudden changes, or shifts a smooth stream smooth speech
5 : appearing to be friendly and flattering without really meaning it a smooth talker

Other Words from smooth

smoothly adverb
smoothness noun

smooth

verb
smoothed; smoothing

Kids Definition of smooth (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to remove bumps, lumps, or wrinkles : make smooth
2 : to free from trouble or difficulty Pioneers smoothed the way for us.

smooth

adjective
\ ˈsmüt͟h How to pronounce smooth (audio) \

Medical Definition of smooth

: forming or being a colony with a flat shiny surface usually made up of organisms that form no chains or filaments, show characteristic internal changes, and tend toward marked increase in capsule formation and virulence used of dissociated strains of bacteria — compare rough

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