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

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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 Palou, meanwhile, drove a smooth and steady race for a second-place finish to widen his lead in the IndyCar standings from 25 points to 35 points over Pato O’Ward headed into next week’s finale . . . BostonGlobe.com, 19 Sep. 2021 The game was just buttery smooth and super responsive. Jason Evangelho, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 High vaccination rates mean tourists can return Chile has been internationally praised for its smooth and successful vaccination campaign. Laura Smith-spark, CNN, 16 Sep. 2021 To achieve the same smooth finish as the star's red carpet look, Lizama recommends applying the foundation with a soft bristle brush first, and then following it up with a makeup sponge for an even, flawless finish. Jennifer Chan, PEOPLE.com, 13 Sep. 2021 Reuniting with their roots in the Dominican Republic, Indya Moore took in the sunshine with hair buzzed and skin smooth and glowing. Michella Oré, Vogue, 12 Sep. 2021 Raspberry and strawberry with a bit of cranberry come across in this very smooth and spicy wine. Marc Bona, cleveland, 12 Sep. 2021 Even without a trace of makeup, Vo's skin is as smooth and shiny as, well, a dumpling. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 10 Sep. 2021 This splurge-worthy lippie won high marks for the smooth finish, comfortable wear, and high level of pigment. Erica Metzger, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who partly grew up there, did his best to smooth over the controversy. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 17 Sep. 2021 Elevating Watts to director of track and field should help smooth over that transition at USC, as well. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2021 Instead of describing the product as something that completely changes your shape, SPANX now describes it as a tool to complement your curves and smooth out bumps. Stephanie Burns, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 Mobile teams of doctors, nurses, social workers and occupational therapists go to the patients' homes and administer medication, check to be sure bills are getting paid and work with landlords to smooth out any problems. Meg Kissinger, jsonline.com, 31 Aug. 2021 Motion smoothing attempts to smooth out moving images by artificially adding frames. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 8 Aug. 2021 Existing methods of generating electricity at short notice, mainly by burning fossil fuels like natural gas, have so far managed to smooth out the intermittent supplies from renewables, but not for much longer. NBC News, 6 Aug. 2021 The Showa suspension is long enough to smooth out the worst potholes and bumps. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, 6 Aug. 2021 Although Mercury and Uranus will clash later this evening, the Moon will work to smooth out our emotional responses to any disruptions that arise. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 3 Aug. 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

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
: 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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