Smooth

Definition of Smooth

Pronunciation: smŌthd
a.1.Having an even surface, or a surface so even that no roughness or points can be perceived by the touch; not rough; as, smooth glass; smooth porcelain.
The outlines must be smooth, imperceptible to the touch, and even, without eminence or cavities.
- Dryden.
2.Evenly spread or arranged; sleek; as, smooth hair.
3.Gently flowing; moving equably; not ruffled or obstructed; as, a smooth stream.
4.Flowing or uttered without check, obstruction, or hesitation; not harsh; voluble; even; fluent.
The only smooth poet of those times.
- Milton.
Waller was smooth; but Dryden taught to join
The varying verse, the full-resounding line.
- Pope.
When sage Minerva rose,
From her sweet lips smooth elocution flows.
- Gay.
5.Bland; mild; smoothing; fattering.
This smooth discourse and mild behavior oft
Conceal a traitor.
- Addison.
6.(Mech. & Physics) Causing no resistance to a body sliding along its surface; frictionless.
adv.1.Smoothly.
Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep.
- Shak.
n.1.The act of making smooth; a stroke which smooths.
2.That which is smooth; the smooth part of anything.
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Smoothed (smŌthd); p. pr. & vb. n. Smoothing.]
2.To free from obstruction; to make easy.
Thou, Abelard! the last sad office pay,
And smooth my passage to the realms of day.
- Pope.
3.To free from harshness; to make flowing.
In their motions harmony divine
So smooths her charming tones that God's own ear
Listens delighted.
- Milton.
4.To palliate; to gloze; as, to smooth over a fault.
5.To give a smooth or calm appearance to.
Each perturbation smoothed with outward calm.
- Milton.
6.To ease; to regulate.
v. i.1.To flatter; to use blandishment.
Because I can not flatter and speak fair,
Smile in men's faces, smooth, deceive and cog.
- Shak.

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