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SMOOTH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does smooth mean? 

SMOOTH (noun)
  The noun SMOOTH has 1 sense:

1. the act of smoothing

  Familiarity information: SMOOTH used as a noun is very rare.


SMOOTH (adjective)
  The adjective SMOOTH has 8 senses:

1. having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities
2. smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication
3. of the margin of a leaf shape; not broken up into teeth
4. smooth and unconstrained in movement
5. (music) without breaks between notes; smooth and connected
6. of motion that runs or flows or proceeds without jolts or turbulence
7. lacking obstructions or difficulties
8. (of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves

  Familiarity information: SMOOTH used as an adjective is common.


SMOOTH (verb)
  The verb SMOOTH has 3 senses:

1. make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing
2. make (a surface) shine
3. free from obstructions

  Familiarity information: SMOOTH used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SMOOTH (noun)


Sense 1smooth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of smoothing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

he gave his hair a quick smooth

Hypernyms ("smooth" is a kind of...):

accomplishment; achievement (the action of accomplishing something)


SMOOTH (adjective)


Sense 1smooth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities

Context examples:

smooth skin / a smooth tabletop / smooth fabric / a smooth road / water as smooth as a mirror

Similar:

ceraceous; wax-coated; waxlike; waxy (resembling or covered with wax)

velvet; velvet-textured; velvety (smooth and soft to sight or hearing or touch or taste)

aerodynamic; flowing; sleek; streamlined (designed or arranged to offer the least resistant to fluid flow)

seamless; unlined; unseamed (used especially of skin)

glossy; satiny; silken; silklike; silky; sleek; slick (having a smooth, gleaming surface)

glassy (resembling glass in smoothness and shininess and slickness)

fine-textured; smooth-textured (having a smooth, fine-grained structure)

fast ((of surfaces) conducive to rapid speeds)

even-textured (having an even texture)

creaseless; uncreased (used especially of fabrics)

Also:

even (being level or straight or regular and without variation as e.g. in shape or texture; or being in the same plane or at the same height as something else (i.e. even with))

ironed ((of linens or clothes) smoothed with a hot iron)

fine (of textures that are smooth to the touch or substances consisting of relatively small particles)

slippery; slippy (causing or tending to cause things to slip or slide)

Antonym:

rough (having or caused by an irregular surface)


Sense 2smooth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication

Synonyms:

politic; smooth; suave; bland

Context examples:

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

Similar:

diplomatic; diplomatical (skilled in dealing with sensitive matters or people)


Sense 3smooth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of the margin of a leaf shape; not broken up into teeth

Similar:

unnotched; untoothed (having no notches)

undulate (having a wavy margin and rippled surface)

sinuate (having a strongly waved margin alternately concave and convex)

entire ((of leaves or petals) having a smooth edge; not broken up into teeth or lobes)

repand (having a slightly undulating margin)

Also:

compound (of leaf shapes; of leaves composed of several similar parts or lobes)

simple; unsubdivided ((botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions)

Domain category:

botany; phytology (the branch of biology that studies plants)

Antonym:

rough (of the margin of a leaf shape; having the edge cut or fringed or scalloped)


Sense 4smooth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Smooth and unconstrained in movement

Synonyms:

fluent; fluid; smooth; liquid

Context examples:

a long, smooth stride / the fluid motion of a cat / the liquid grace of a ballerina

Similar:

graceful (characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, or execution)


Sense 5smooth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(music) without breaks between notes; smooth and connected

Synonyms:

legato; smooth

Context example:

a legato passage

Domain category:

music (an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner)


Sense 6smooth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of motion that runs or flows or proceeds without jolts or turbulence

Context example:

a smooth ride

Antonym:

rough (causing or characterized by jolts and irregular movements)


Sense 7smooth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking obstructions or difficulties

Context example:

the bill's path through the legislature was smooth and orderly

Similar:

easy (posing no difficulty; requiring little effort)


Sense 8smooth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves

Synonyms:

placid; tranquil; unruffled; still; quiet; smooth

Context examples:

a ribbon of sand between the angry sea and the placid bay / the quiet waters of a lagoon / a lake of tranquil blue water reflecting a tranquil blue sky / a smooth channel crossing / scarcely a ripple on the still water / unruffled water

Similar:

calm ((of weather) free from storm or wind)


SMOOTH (verb)


Sense 1smooth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

smoothen; smooth

Context example:

smooth the surface of the wood

Hypernyms (to "smooth" is one way to...):

change surface (undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface)

"Smooth" entails doing...:

rub (move over something with pressure)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "smooth"):

sandblast (grind with a sandblast)

sand; sandpaper (rub with sandpaper)

float (make the surface of level or smooth)

plane (make even or smooth, with or as with a carpenter's plane)

rake (level or smooth with a rake)

launch (smoothen the surface of)

strip (remove the thread (of screws))

file (smooth with a file)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Antonym:

roughen (make rough or rougher)

Also:

smooth over (treat hurriedly or avoid dealing with properly)


Sense 2smooth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make (a surface) shine

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

polish; smooth; smoothen; shine

Context examples:

shine the silver, please / polish my shoes

Hypernyms (to "smooth" is one way to...):

beautify; embellish; fancify; prettify (make more beautiful)

"Smooth" entails doing...:

rub (move over something with pressure)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "smooth"):

Simonise; Simonize (polish with wax)

sleek; slick (make slick or smooth)

buff; burnish; flush; furbish (polish and make shiny)

gloss (give a shine or gloss to, usually by rubbing)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

They smooth the glass tubes


Sense 3smooth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Free from obstructions

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

smooth out; smooth

Context example:

smooth the way towards peace negotiations

Hypernyms (to "smooth" is one way to...):

disembarrass; free; rid (relieve from)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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