smooth
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English smothe, from Old English smōth; akin to Old Saxon smōthi smooth Date: before 12th century 1. a. (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
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— compare rough, wirehaired b. being without hair c. glabrous <
a smooth leaf
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d. causing no resistance to sliding 2. free from difficulties or impediments <
the smooth course of his life
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3. even and uninterrupted in flow or flight 4. excessively and often artfully suave ; ingratiating <
a smooth operator
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5. a. serene, equable <
a smooth disposition
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b. amiable, courteous 6. a. not sharp or harsh <
a smooth sherry
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b. free from lumps Synonyms: see level, easy, suavesmooth adverbsmoothly adverbsmoothness noun II. verb (smoothed; smoothing; smooths; also smoothes) Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to make smooth 2. a. to free from what is harsh or disagreeable ; polish <
smoothed out his style
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b. soothe 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
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4. to free from obstruction or difficulty <
conciliation smoothed the way to an agreement
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5. a. to press flat <
smoothed down the folds of her dress
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b. to remove expression from (one's face) ; compose 6. to cause to lie evenly and in order ; preen <
a bird smoothing its feathers
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7. to free (as a graph or data) from irregularities intransitive verb to become smooth • smoother noun III. noun Date: 15th century 1. a smooth part 2. the act of smoothing 3. a smoothing implement

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Smooth — (sm[=oo][th]), a. [Compar. {Smoother} (sm[=oo][th] [ e]r); superl. {Smoothest}.] [OE. smothe, smethe, AS. sm[=e][eth]e, sm[oe][eth]e, where [=e], [oe], come from an older [=o]; cf. LG. sm[ o]de, sm[ o]e, sm[ o]dig; of uncertain origin.] 1. Having …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smooth — [smo͞oth] adj. [ME smothe < OE smoth, for earlier smethe < Gmc * smanthi < IE * som , together < base * sem , together, SAME] 1. a) having an even or level surface; having no roughness or projections that can be seen or felt b) having …   English World dictionary

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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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