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smooth (comparative smoother, superlative smoothest)

  1. Having a texture that lacks friction. Not rough.
    • The outlines must be smooth, imperceptible to the touch, and even, without eminence or cavities.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter IX, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      “A tight little craft,” was Austin’s invariable comment on the matron; and she looked it, always trim and trig and smooth of surface like a converted yacht cleared for action. ¶ Near her wandered her husband, orientally bland, invariably affable, […].
  2. Without difficulty, problems, or unexpected consequences or incidents.
    We hope for a smooth transition to the new system.
  3. Bland; glib.
    • 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, published 1712, [Act 2, scene 1]:
      This smooth discourse and mild behavior oft / Conceal a traitor.
  4. Flowing or uttered without check, obstruction, or hesitation; not harsh; fluent.
    • 1670, John Milton, The History of Britain
      the only smooth poet of those times}}
    • 1733-1738, Alexander Pope, Imitations of Horace:
      Waller was smooth; but Dryden taught to join / The varying verse, the full-resounding line.
    • When sage Minerva rose, / From her sweet lips smooth elocution flows.
  5. (of a person) Suave; sophisticated.
  6. (of an action) Natural; unconstrained.
  7. (of a motion) Unbroken.
  8. (chiefly, of water) Placid, calm.
  9. (of an edge) Lacking projections or indentations; not serrated.
  10. (of food or drink) Not grainy; having an even texture.
  11. (of a beverage) Having a pleasantly rounded flavor; neither rough nor astringent.
  12. (mathematics, of a function) Having derivatives of all finite orders at all points within the function’s domain.
  13. (math, of a number) That factors completely into small prime numbers.
  14. (linguistics, classical studies, of a vowel) Lacking marked aspiration.
  15. (of muscles, medicine) Involuntary and non-striated.
  • (having a texture lacking friction) even
  • (without difficulty or problems) fluid
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smooth (comparative smoother, superlative smoothest)

  1. Smoothly.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene ii]:
      Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep.

smooth (plural smooths)

  1. Something that is smooth#Adjective|smooth, or that goes smoothly and easily.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Genesis 27:16 ↗:
      The smooth of his neck.
  2. A smoothing action.
  3. A domestic animal having a smooth coat.
  4. A member of an anti-hippie fashion movement in 1970s Britain.
  5. (statistics) The analysis obtained through a smoothing procedure.

smooth (smooths, present participle smoothing; past and past participle smoothed)

  1. (transitive) To make smooth or even.
  2. (transitive) To make straightforward or easy.
    • 2007, Beth Kohn, Lonely Planet Venezuela (page 379)
      Caracas can be a tough place but the tremendously good-natured caraqueños smoothed my passage every step of the way.
  3. (transitive) To calm or palliate.
    to smooth a person's temper
  4. (statistics, image processing, digital audio) To capture important patterns in the data, while leaving out noise.
  5. (West Country) To stroke; especially to stroke an animal's fur.
    Can I smooth your cat?
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