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

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Yet most lo-fi YouTube channels traffic in beats that are smooth and polished, delivered in an unyielding, unobtrusive ooze. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "The Obsessive Beat-Making of Madlib," 18 Jan. 2021 Although shift quality is smooth and almost mushy in its standard setting, the brutally firm gear swaps in its most aggressive mode are highly effective in leveraging all of the engine's available torque. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Dodge Durango SRT 392 Makes Powerful Sense," 15 Jan. 2021 Add the spinach, yogurt, almonds, pear, dates and ginger and blend until smooth and frothy, with a little texture remaining from the almonds and dates. Washington Post, "Get your greens and fruit in a glass with this nourishing yogurt smoothie," 31 Dec. 2020 The Tarteist liner raked in points for its smooth and precise application, ability to stand up to sweat and moisture and, most notably, its deep pigmentation. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "The best beauty and grooming products we tested in 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 This was expected but there will be new arrangements in place by April 2022 to make sure that trading is smooth and efficient on interconnectors -- huge power cables that run between the U.K. and Europe. Fortune, "The key terms of the Brexit trade deal: Everything you need to know," 25 Dec. 2020 Fitness experts recommend the Schwinn IC3 Indoor Cycling Bike for its 40-pound flywheel that’s powered by a smooth and silent belt drive. Zoe Malin, NBC News, "Exercise bike bestsellers: Most purchased stationary bikes we covered," 24 Dec. 2020 The avocado is smooth and creamy, with chunks of tomato and onion. cleveland, "The best and worst foods we ate during grocery store showdown taste tests 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 Wiseman’s 3-pointer from the top of the key in garbage time, and another long jumper, looked smooth and easy. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "James Wiseman, new kid on the low block, ray of sunshine in Warriors’ dark opener," 22 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That would smooth the path for the incoming administration’s agenda on everything from cabinet appointments to national crises, like the coronavirus pandemic that continues to surge through the U.S. Michael Zennie, Time, "Democrat Raphael Warnock Wins Georgia Runoff, Putting Democrats in Striking Distance of Senate Control," 6 Jan. 2021 In addition to smoothing out new diplomatic relations with its Continental neighbors, Johnson’s government also must try to smooth ruffled feathers at home. Los Angeles Times, "Auld lang syne: Britain and the EU finally part ways," 31 Dec. 2020 The plan also calls for creating more turnouts along Highway 1 to smooth traffic, and for reducing speed limits through congested areas. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "New Big Sur plan aims to control tourists at Bixby Bridge, McWay Falls and more hot spots," 30 Dec. 2020 The tight timetable reflects the need to ratify the agreement before the end of the year, or risk economic disruption and legal uncertainty as a yearlong transition period to smooth the U.K.’s EU exit comes to an end. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "U.K. Lawmakers Approve Brexit Trade Deal, Cementing EU Exit," 30 Dec. 2020 Now, use a stationary disc sander or portable belt sander to smooth the flat section, and to square up each end of the log. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Don't Toss That X-Mas Tree: Let's Make Something Instead," 26 Dec. 2020 Dermal fillers are not to be confused with Botox, injectable drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration to smooth lines and wrinkles. Annie Tomlin, SELF, "10 Things to Know Before Trying Dermal Fillers," 25 Dec. 2020 With no summer league or offseason team workouts to help smooth their transition, NBA rookies are facing a steeper learning curve this season amid the pandemic. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Magic rookies Cole Anthony, Chuma Okeke focused on growth after positive debuts," 24 Dec. 2020 But that deal included specific provisions to smooth a possible transition to Falck. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego signs contract with new ambulance provider, a key step toward making switch," 8 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The ride is magic-carpet smooth, the isolation almost complete. Annie White, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Is Ford's Best EV Ever," 15 Dec. 2020 My legs need the scratch of tinsel, or the smooth of silk. Raven Smith, Vogue, "The Minimalist Magic of Katie Holmes," 22 Oct. 2020 Mix in about 3-4 cups of the bread flour until smooth, beat on medium speed (or whisk) for a few minutes until strands form and the dough wants to pull away from the sides of the bowl. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Baking in the time of coronavirus: Bread is hot topic at home and away," 16 Apr. 2020 For lighter hair in need of toning, or any shade that could use some extra vibrancy, the hairstylist Kristin Ess’s Signature Hair Gloss seals and smooths hair cuticles to boost shine and lock in color. Caitie Kelly, New York Times, "The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week," 9 Apr. 2020 The drag is buttery-smooth, with no hesitation at startup and no unevenness anywhere in the process. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, "Tackle Test: The Best New Fishing Rods and Reels for 2020, Ranked and Rated," 23 Mar. 2020 Vitamin E floods your skin with moisture while the 100% cruelty-free concealer smooths and brightens the appearance of dark circles. Nicole Saunders, CNN Underscored, "The 20 best under-eye concealers, according to celebrity makeup artists," 26 Dec. 2019 Although its handoff between gas and electric power is sometimes less-than-smooth, the powertrain is responsive around town and when pulling away from stoplights. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "2019 Honda Accord Hybrid vs. 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid: Which Gas-Sipping Family Sedan Is Better?," 8 Jan. 2020 Your once smooth, shiny wood flooring may have become scratched and dull. Dallas News, "Spruce up your house for spring sale," 19 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of smooth was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Smooth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smooth. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for smooth

smooth

adjective
How to pronounce smooth (audio)

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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