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

Even for a billionaire power magnate backed by the government, the road will not likely be smooth. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The Tesla of Thailand is also an electric utility," 30 June 2019 Use products that help to keep that moisture in and keep the skin smooth. Essence, "67-Year-Old Model JoAni Johnson Shares How She Stays Timeless," 27 June 2019 Each piece is smooth and pulls you in, with effortless description and character development. Nola.com | The Times-picayune, nola.com, "NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune wins 11 awards in national features journalism contest," 26 June 2019 Men run ahead of the car, piling rocks in holes so the ride is as smooth as possible. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "Mourning refugees risk a war zone to bury their dead at home," 20 June 2019 The transition from the Mountain West to the Big 12 should be smooth for Wells, who takes over a Red Raiders program laden with veteran leadership and talented playmakers. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 68 Texas Tech turns to Matt Wells for a boost in Big 12," 19 June 2019 Countries could also make the flow of recyclables smoother by lowering or eliminating tariffs on recyclable materials. Adam Minter, Twin Cities, "Adam Minter: Southeast Asia should want the world’s junk," 12 June 2019 These extra six dimensions are so smooth that you’re not supposed to be able to perceive them, even with the most sophisticated experiment. Stephen Ornes, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: A Fields Medal Winner Talks About the Need to Collaborate," 15 Jan. 2019 At this stage of her career, another unexpected injury or roadblock is hardly out of the question, but her path looked so very smooth on Manic Monday. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "As Serena Williams Rolls, It’s Tempting to Think About No. 24," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The group’s millennials are more heavily United States-born, so they’ve been raised within American culture, smoothing the way for that convergence. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "Minority Women Are Winning the Jobs Race in a Record Economic Expansion," 1 July 2019 Pour into the baking dish, smoothing the surface with an offset spatula. Sarah Henry, Washington Post, "We’re sold on these chewy, buttery, soft baked mochi squares," 27 June 2019 Since launching his campaign, the former San Antonio mayor, Democratic National Convention keynote speaker and HUD Secretary has had the personal story, bold policy proposals and smooth speaking style that are hallmarks of a solid contender. Charlotte Alter, Time, "Julián Castro Finally Had His Big Moment at the First Debate," 27 June 2019 These can make a photo look obviously doctored, like blurry borders and artificially smooth skin. Siwei Lyu, The Conversation, "Detecting deepfakes by looking closely reveals a way to protect against them," 25 June 2019 This accentuates in all the right places, and smooths over or hides the not-so-favorite places. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, "Amazon Shoppers Say This Comfy, $18 Summer Dress Is One of the Most Flattering They Own," 19 June 2019 What the salon offers CM Salons offers haircuts, hair coloring, texture services, like Cezanne Keratin smoothing treatments, and facial waxing. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Last year, he found out his hair salon was going to be torn down. Now, he has the space of his dreams.," 11 June 2019 Like Veronica in Riverdale, Shelby in The Perfect Date and Morgan in The New Romantic are young, confident women, smooth and put-together. Alanna Bennett, Teen Vogue, "Camila Mendes Is Taking It All in Stride," 1 May 2019 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

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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