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adjective \ˈsmüth\

Definition of smooth

  1. 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, wirehairedb :  being without hairc :  glabrous a smooth leafd :  causing no resistance to sliding

  2. 2 :  free from difficulties or impediments the smooth course of his life

  3. 3 :  even and uninterrupted in flow or flight

  4. 4 :  excessively and often artfully suave :  ingratiating a smooth operator

  5. 5a :  serene, equable a smooth dispositionb :  amiable, courteous

  6. 6a :  not sharp or harsh a smooth sherryb :  free from lumps

smooth

adverb

smoothly

adverb

smoothness

noun

Examples of smooth in a sentence

  1. They groomed the ski trail so it was smooth.

  2. The river rocks had been worn smooth by the water.

  3. Whisk the flour into the gravy until it is smooth.

  4. The milkshake was smooth and creamy.

  5. With the aid of observers, the election process was a smooth one.

  6. Our trip was smooth and uneventful.

  7. the smooth movements of a swimmer

  8. She has a nice, smooth golf swing.

  9. His new car has a smooth ride.

  10. Our flight was very smooth.

Origin and Etymology of smooth

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


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of smooth

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.

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smooth

verb

Definition of smooth

smoothed

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smoothing

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smooths

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smoothes

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make smooth

  3. 2a :  to free from what is harsh or disagreeable :  polish smoothed out his styleb :  soothe

  4. 3 :  to minimize (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

  5. 4 :  to free from obstruction or difficulty conciliation smoothed the way to an agreement

  6. 5a :  to press flat smoothed down the folds of her dressb :  to remove expression from (one's face) :  compose

  7. 6 :  to cause to lie evenly and in order :  preen a bird smoothing its feathers

  8. 7 :  to free (as a graph or data) from irregularities

  9. intransitive verb
  10. :  to become smooth

smoother

noun

Examples of smooth in a sentence

  1. He smoothed his tie and headed out the door.

  2. The coin's date had been smoothed away over time.

  3. Smooth the cream on after your shower.

  4. Smooth the wax over the wood before polishing.

  5. She smoothed on some moisturizer before she put on her makeup.

  6. He smoothed ointment over the cut.

15th Century

First Known Use of smooth

15th century


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smooth

noun

Definition of smooth

  1. 1 :  a smooth part

  2. 2 :  the act of smoothing

  3. 3 :  a smoothing implement

15th Century

First Known Use of smooth

15th century



SMOOTH Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective \ˈsmüth\

Definition of smooth for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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smooth

verb

Definition of smooth for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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adjective \ˈsmüth\

Definition of smooth for Students

smoother

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smoothest

  1. 1 :  not rough or uneven in surface a smooth board

  2. 2 :  not hairy a smooth face

  3. 3 :  free from difficulties or things in the way a smooth path a smooth journey

  4. 4 :  moving or progressing without breaks, sudden changes, or shifts a smooth stream smooth speech

  5. 5 :  appearing to be friendly and flattering without really meaning it a smooth talker

smoothly

adverb

smoothness

noun

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Definition of smooth for Students

smoothed

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smoothing

  1. 1 :  to remove bumps, lumps, or wrinkles :  make smooth

  2. 2 :  to free from trouble or difficulty Pioneers smoothed the way for us.


Medical Dictionary

smooth

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adjective \ˈsmüth\

Medical Definition of smooth

  1. :  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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