AskDefine | Define smooth

Dictionary Definition

smooth adj
1 having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities; "smooth skin"; "a smooth tabletop"; "smooth fabric"; "a smooth road"; "water as smooth as a mirror" [ant: rough]
2 smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication; "he was too politic to quarrel with so important a personage"; "the hostess averted a confrontation between two guests with a diplomatic change of subject"; "the manager pacified the customer with a smooth apology for the error"; "affable, suave, moderate men...smugly convinced of their respectability" - Ezra Pound [syn: politic, suave]
3 of the margin of a leaf shape; not broken up into teeth [ant: rough]
4 not marked with wrinkles; "unwrinkled cheeks" [syn: unwrinkled]
5 smooth and unconstrained in movement; "a long, smooth stride"; "the fluid motion of a cat"; "the liquid grace of a ballerina"; "liquid prose" [syn: flowing, fluent, fluid, liquid]
6 without breaks between notes; smooth and connected; "a legato passage" [syn: legato] [ant: staccato]
7 without chinks or crannies [syn: uncrannied] [ant: crannied]
8 lacking obstructions or difficulties; "the bill's path through the legislature was smooth and orderly" n : the act of smoothing; "he gave his hair a quick smooth"

Verb

1 make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing; "smooth the surface of the wood" [syn: smoothen] [ant: roughen]
2 (of surfaces) make shine; "shine the silver, please"; "polish my shoes" [syn: polish, smoothen, shine]
3 free from obstructions; "smooth the way towards peace negociations" [syn: smooth out]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /smuːð/
  • Rhymes with: -uːð

Etymology

From smothe, from etyl ang smeþe (later: smōþ).

Adjective

  1. Having a texture that lacks friction. Not rough.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 229e.
      Teaching that's done by talking seems to have one rough path and another part which is smoother.
  2. Without difficulty, problems, or unexpected consequences or incidents.
    • We hope for a smooth transition to the new system.
  3. bland; glib
  4. In the context of "of a person": suave; sophisticated
  5. In the context of "of an action": natural; unconstrained
  6. In the context of "of a motion": unbroken
  7. especially of water Placid, calm.
  8. In the context of "of an edge": Lacking projections or indentations; not serrated.
  9. In the context of "of food or drink": Not grainy; having an even texture.
  10. In the context of "of a beverage": Having a pleasantly rounded flavor; neither rough nor astringent.
  11. mathematics of a function Having derivatives of all finite orders at all points within the function's domain.
  12. Lacking marked aspiration.

Translations

lacking friction, not rough
without difficulty

Noun

  1. Something which is smooth or easy.
  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. The analysis obtained through a smoothing procedure.

Verb

  1. To make smooth. (also "smoothe")
  2. To capture important patterns in the data, while leaving out noise.

Derived terms

See also

Extensive Definition

Smooth could mean many things, including:
smooth in Russian: Гладкость

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