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 None of them has a lot of it — too much mayo can detract from the main ingredient of the salad — but each has just enough to build flavors from a creamy, smooth base. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 3 June 2021 Domestic work is work and essential to the smooth running of our society. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 3 June 2021 The suspension does a solid job of keeping rides smooth, and the rear hydraulic brake halts quickly. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 2 June 2021 What should emerge is a smooth sauce that’s more homogenous than a chimichurri and a bit chunkier than a purée. Valerio Farris, Bon Appétit, 2 June 2021 Brooks' Glycerin 19 comes in seven color combinations and provides neutral support with smooth ride transitions from heel to toe. Daria Smith, Southern Living, 2 June 2021 At the same time, Veem gyro stabilizers ensure smooth and comfortable cruising in any weather. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 2 June 2021 Wild soaps are super smooth and silky in texture, leaving your skin feeling hydrated, moisturised and squeaky clean. Bridget Arsenault, Forbes, 29 May 2021 From sugar waxes, to toners to razors, here are our picks for a super smooth bikini line. Deena Campbell, Essence, 28 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bring the dough to room temperature, roll it out with a rolling pin between the protective sheets to smooth it and re-refrigerate flat until firm. Beth Segal, cleveland, 4 June 2021 Finally, add some more soil, smooth it out, and seed it. oregonlive, 29 May 2021 And if there is a wrinkle in his game, Varlamov is there to smooth it out. BostonGlobe.com, 28 May 2021 Roll around the eyes to diminish puffiness, tackle your neck to tighten and smooth it, or use for lymphatic drainage—there's nothing this tool can’t do. Flora Tsapovsky, Southern Living, 20 May 2021 Use a scratch repair compound on top to smooth it out. Anthony Alaniz, Popular Mechanics, 29 Apr. 2021 Paul fashioned the bomb by making a wooden box, covering it with foam, then using a lathe to smooth it before it was painted a dull green. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2021 Utilizing low-level light therapy, this light mask helps smooth rough texture, promote collagen production, increase blood circulation and improve the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles in under 25 minutes every other day. Nicola Fumo, Forbes, 7 May 2021 Then smooth a layer of the mornay sauce on the bottom. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, 27 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The six-year veteran showed none of the shakiness from earlier in the series against the Lakers, shredding the NBA's best defensive team with his silky-smooth jumper and heady penetration. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, 4 June 2021 The six-year veteran showed none of the shakiness from earlier in the series against the Lakers, shredding the NBA’s best defensive team with his silky-smooth jumper and heady penetration. Greg Beacham, orlandosentinel.com, 4 June 2021 The six-year veteran showed none of the shakiness from earlier in the series against the Lakers, shredding the NBA’s best defensive team with his silky-smooth jumper and heady penetration. Greg Beacham, ajc, 4 June 2021 Once the glue is dry, remove the clamp and sand the joint smooth. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, 3 Mar. 2021 Its boldness will carry you into spring, with a smooth with gentle tannins. Aly Walansky, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 The ride is magic-carpet smooth, the isolation almost complete. Annie White, Car and Driver, 15 Dec. 2020 My legs need the scratch of tinsel, or the smooth of silk. Raven Smith, Vogue, 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, 16 Apr. 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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“Smooth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smooth. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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