Smooth Smooth, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Smoothed} (sm[=oo]thd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Smoothing}.] [OE. smothen, smethen, AS. sm[=e][eth]ian; cf. LG. sm["o]den. See {Smooth}, a.] To make smooth; to make even on the surface by any means; as, to smooth a board with a plane; to smooth cloth with an iron. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) To free from obstruction; to make easy. [1913 Webster]

Thou, Abelard! the last sad office pay, And smooth my passage to the realms of day. --Pope. [1913 Webster] (b) To free from harshness; to make flowing. [1913 Webster]

In their motions harmony divine So smooths her charming tones that God's own ear Listens delighted. --Milton. [1913 Webster] (c) To palliate; to gloze; as, to smooth over a fault. [1913 Webster] (d) To give a smooth or calm appearance to. [1913 Webster]

Each perturbation smoothed with outward calm. --Milton. [1913 Webster] (e) To ease; to regulate. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Smooth — Smooth, n. 1. The act of making smooth; a stroke which smooths. Thackeray. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is smooth; the smooth part of anything. The smooth of his neck. Gen. xxvii. 16. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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