Smooth 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 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. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The outlines must be smooth, imperceptible to the touch, and even, without eminence or cavities. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Evenly spread or arranged; sleek; as, smooth hair. [1913 Webster]

3. Gently flowing; moving equably; not ruffled or obstructed; as, a smooth stream. [1913 Webster]

4. Flowing or uttered without check, obstruction, or hesitation; not harsh; voluble; even; fluent. [1913 Webster]

The only smooth poet of those times. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Waller was smooth; but Dryden taught to join The varying verse, the full-resounding line. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

When sage Minerva rose, From her sweet lips smooth elocution flows. --Gay. [1913 Webster]

5. Bland; mild; smoothing; fattering. [1913 Webster]

This smooth discourse and mild behavior oft Conceal a traitor. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

6. (Mech. & Physics) Causing no resistance to a body sliding along its surface; frictionless. [1913 Webster]

Note: Smooth is often used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, smooth-bodied, smooth-browed, smooth-combed, smooth-faced, smooth-finished, smooth-gliding, smooth-grained, smooth-leaved, smooth-sliding, smooth-speaking, smooth-woven, and the like. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Even; plain; level; flat; polished; glossy; sleek; soft; bland; mild; soothing; voluble; flattering; adulatory; deceptive. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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