Definition of smooth in English:

smooth

adjective

  • 1Having an even and regular surface; free from perceptible projections, lumps, or indentations.

    ‘smooth flat rocks’
    ‘his face was curiously smooth and youthful’
    • ‘Sealant is not a gap-filler, so the resultant surface will be smooth but not flat.’
    • ‘You can choose a smooth or textured finish, or even paint it.’
    • ‘We can achieve less friction with a smooth and flat surface - glass to be precise.’
    • ‘They were set in mortar, and a smooth surface was then obtained by using large slabs of flat stone.’
    • ‘They require regular trips to the manicurist every two to three weeks for maintenance: the base of the nail needs to be filled to maintain a smooth looking surface.’
    • ‘For that money I'd choose a Mini Cooper S. It was okay on smooth roads, but not as predictable as you would like on rougher roads.’
    • ‘When dry and hard the ground was scraped and abraded to a smooth flat surface, especially important if there were to be areas of gilding.’
    • ‘Circular motion will provide a flat, smooth surface but it may not be as reflective.’
    • ‘The surface to be tested should be clean and dry, smooth, and free from oxide.’
    • ‘She brought the violin to her bosom and gave it a long hug, running her slender fingers over its strings and the smooth, polished wood.’
    • ‘Superoll cold works the rough metal into a smooth hard surface, free from irregularities.’
    • ‘Many layers of paint are built up into a smooth, flat surface, uniform in colour.’
    • ‘After finishing the fringe at each shawl end, place the shawl on a smooth, flat surface and trim the fringe ends even.’
    • ‘I put my luggage bags on the ground and sat down on the smooth and flat surface of the hard bench.’
    • ‘The primer was supposed to have smoothed out the ridge of the edge, making it one smooth flat surface.’
    • ‘This specification requires that a trowel finish surface be smooth and free of trowel marks.’
    • ‘On a building or other smooth, flat surface, a trellis helps.’
    • ‘As an added bonus, the lava would simultaneously pave roads and sidewalks when it hardens into a glassy smooth surface of igneous rock.’
    • ‘To this day, one can stretch one's fingers and thumb to fit the indentations on its smooth surface.’
    • ‘The cannulas allows the highest degree of contour and maintain smooth surfaces free of irregularities.’
    even, level, flat, as flat as a pancake, plane, flush, unwrinkled, featureless
    clean-shaven, smooth-shaven, hairless
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    1. 1.1(of a liquid) with an even consistency; without lumps.
      ‘cook gently until the sauce is smooth’
      • ‘Just combine the following ingredients in a blender, purée until smooth and serve.’
      • ‘The white chocolate is smooth, creamy and stiff with grains of proper Bourbon vanilla, not vanillin, the cost-cutting artificial flavouring.’
      • ‘The clay is ‘weathered’ before it is mixed with sand and water and passed through a pug mill, to acquire a smooth consistency.’
      • ‘Stir in the egg yolk and sugar, then use a hand to knead the mixture together to form a smooth dough.’
      • ‘Add sugar and egg yolk and beat to a smooth consistency.’
      • ‘Strain the solids, save the stock and blitz these in a food processor, adding the stock back gradually until you have a velvety smooth liquid.’
      • ‘More best of British grub came in the form of a porky charred Cumberland sausage served on smooth, fresh mash.’
      • ‘Blend 50g of the Roquefort with the crème fraîche and milk to make a smooth dressing.’
      • ‘Instead of getting a smooth emulsion, what they have got is a beaker full of clearly separated layers of immiscible liquid.’
      • ‘The eggs are beaten gently and then strained, leaving a smooth liquid.’
      • ‘As for my medallions of beef tenderloin, medium was how they were ordered and perfectly medium was how they arrived, served up with smooth and buttery mashed potatoes.’
      • ‘If the mixture is too thick to drizzle, add more milk a drop at a time, stirring until it reaches a smooth but not separated consistency.’
      • ‘In a small bowl, mix flour with enough milk to form a paste, continuing to add milk until a smooth lump-free liquid forms.’
      • ‘Knead the mixture until it reaches a smooth consistency.’
      • ‘Blend half a cup of ricotta cheese, 1 medium tomato and 1 small green capsicum to a smooth consistency.’
      • ‘Pour in a little water and knead the mixture together until it forms a smooth dough.’
      • ‘The best of the bunch is the smooth butterscotch panna cotta, served with swirls of curried cocoa gelée in a tall martini glass.’
      • ‘No matter how you serve it - warm and smooth, cool and creamy, or hot and sticky - chocolate gratifies like no other confection.’
      • ‘Keep adding the milk and whisking until it has a smooth, runny consistency.’
      • ‘If you like a smooth soup, place a third of the mixture in a blender with cream cheese and sour cream.’
    2. 1.2(of the sea or another body of water) without heavy waves; calm.
      ‘the smooth summer sea’
      • ‘The sea showed no longer a smooth and calm panorama, the waves dancing joyfully, for it had started a rousing melody, a robust song escaping from unruly waters.’
      • ‘Seabirds nest on the cliffs and float on the smooth sea, scattering as the RIB zooms past.’
      • ‘There were leadership reputations at stake in that Dail debate where successful sailors are not made in smooth seas.’
      • ‘The small round porthole was coated in a thin layer of fog, and he saw nothing but the smooth ocean basking in the moon glow.’
      • ‘His voice is so soothing in fact that it feels a bit like a smooth ocean wave carelessly caressing the shore.’
    3. 1.3Denoting the face of a tennis or squash racket without the projecting loops from the stringing process (used as a call when the racket is spun to decide the right to serve first or to choose ends).
      • ‘The racket is spun on its head and falls to the ground. If the symbol is rightside up, it is called smooth. If the symbol is upside down, it is called rough.’
  • 2(of movement) without jerks.

    ‘the trucks gave a smooth ride’
    ‘graphics are excellent, with fast, smooth scrolling’
    • ‘In one smooth movement, straighten both legs to stand, bending your elbows to pull the bar up and in toward your chest.’
    • ‘But other players who became overly anxious could find their bodies became too tense to complete smooth movements.’
    • ‘He fumbled through his suitcase, yanking out a plain black t-shirt and pulling it over his head in one smooth movement.’
    • ‘To execute the snatch, lift a weight off the floor and overhead in one smooth movement.’
    • ‘You need to display at least 24 cartoons frames, or cells, per second in order to see smooth movement.’
    • ‘Without a break in the smooth movement, Uke stretches his fist up and steps forward to bring the back of the knuckles on Tori's head.’
    • ‘I wanted to see more smooth dives and interconnected movements in the water.’
    • ‘Your feet move, too, in rhythm with the hands, to help create smooth movements.’
    • ‘In one smooth movement, Devon faked a punch, dodged the blade, kicked it loose from the man's hand, and caught it in midair.’
    • ‘The springs help energy dissipation for measured and smooth movement.’
    • ‘Characters' mouths move when they speak and the animation of their movements is fairly smooth.’
    • ‘Don't neglect your form - concentrate on smooth movements, and keep your upper torso steady while you pedal.’
    • ‘Rialle Rose did a cartwheel, added a few original dance moves, and caught her fan again, all in one smooth movement.’
    • ‘Twirls are a must and we should see a lot of moving in and out of each others arms - it is a fast, smooth dance, with the lady spinning almost constantly.’
    • ‘With one smooth movement, he leaned forward and looked closer into my own mahogany eyes.’
    • ‘He popped up in the right place at the right time, had the skill and composure to pull the ball out of the air with the tip of his toe and shoot in one smooth movement.’
    • ‘His movements were smooth, and often he came to a slow stop in mid kick, keeping his foot level with his head for several seconds at a time.’
    • ‘During a Swedish massage, your therapist uses long, smooth strokes and kneading movements along your skin.’
    • ‘The movements were smooth and the steps small; the dancers always held their upper bodies regally.’
    • ‘In a single smooth movement, Dain dropped his oar and drew the crossbow from his belt.’
    1. 2.1(of an action, event, or process) without problems or difficulties.
      ‘the group's expansion into the US market was not quite so smooth’
      • ‘New trains project director Nick Donovan will take responsibility for ensuring smooth introduction of the new fleet.’
      • ‘Although he could serve as prime minister until 2010, some want a smooth hand-over to Brown sooner.’
      • ‘The biggest task is the Government's short time-scale, as changes would be in place by 2007 and, obviously, there is a lot to be done to achieve a smooth transition.’
      • ‘He does not see the present process providing a smooth transition to a ‘normal’ democracy.’
      • ‘There was, plainly, an awareness of a real difficulty in the way of the smooth transformation of the territory into its intended role as a defence establishment with no settled civilians.’
      • ‘Technocrats from the two governments were currently discussing the modalities of the project to ensure smooth implementation.’
      • ‘The president had made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure a smooth ceremony: he'd pulled out of the first match of the season.’
      • ‘He collected seven trophies last season in novice events and has made a smooth transition to clubmen races this season.’
      • ‘This arrangement had been working well, facilitating a smooth transition of business from Carl Stock to himself.’
      • ‘The Production Coordinator has been a major obstacle to the smooth operation of this project and repeated calls for her removal have been left unheard.’
      • ‘The relationship between the schools also aims to allows year six pupils at the primary school to make a smooth transition to secondary education.’
      • ‘We also hope that China will see a smooth transition of political power this year, with rational, gentle and open-minded people rising to power.’
      • ‘Instead, Giuliani is now focusing efforts on extending his term in order ensure a smooth transition of power at such a critical time.’
      • ‘We will encounter the second obstacle to a smooth transition to democracy in the period between nominations and the run up to elections.’
      • ‘Bosses say that the switch of rail maintenance contracts to Network Rail will be a smooth transition.’
      • ‘After that, it'll all happen, and hopefully it'll be a smooth process.’
      • ‘In an effort to make a smooth transition from politics to pop culture, I'm going to take a stab at compiling a top 10 list of movie villains.’
      • ‘Communicate regularly with community partners and students to ensure smooth operation of the project.’
      • ‘She followed a cantering success in a Roscommon handicap with a smooth victory in a conditions event at Leopardstown ten days ago.’
      • ‘The graduate glut is one more sign of how difficult it is for China to manage a smooth transition to a market economy.’
  • 3(of a person or their manner) suavely charming in a way regarded as possibly insincere.

    ‘his voice was infuriatingly smooth’
    • ‘He was smooth, glib, emollient, full of promises that your hands can't quite grip onto.’
    • ‘These guys are smooth and smart, perhaps too much so.’
    • ‘In The Wolf Man, Rains is the perfect lord of the manor with his patrician bearing and smooth manner with the town's officials.’
    • ‘He combines smooth people skills with cagey tactics.’
    • ‘He's professional, he's smooth, he's never late, he's not strung out, his appearance is immaculate.’
    suave, urbane, sophisticated, polished, debonair, courteous, gracious, smooth-tongued, glib, media-savvy, persuasive, slick, oily, ingratiating, unctuous
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  • 4(of food or drink) without harshness or bitterness.

    ‘a lovely, smooth, very fruity wine’
    • ‘The praline spread tastes like chocolatey smooth peanut butter.’
    • ‘I often find Cinsaut to be a little bland on its own, but it is nicely blended here with Pinotage to form a really smooth wine.’
    • ‘Accepting the premise that red wine is smooth, has soft tannins and tastes of vanilla, this is a banker.’
    • ‘A spiced array of cherry and plum aromas come together in a lighter than expected palate that still holds their smooth fruit flavours to a lingering finish.’
    • ‘To go with the meal, Rachain chose a French Bourgogne Chardonnay, a very smooth white with a delightful bouquet.’
    mellow, mild, agreeable, pleasant, bland, soft, soothing
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Give (something) a flat, regular surface or appearance.

    ‘she smoothed out the newspaper’
    ‘you can use glasspaper to smooth the joint’
    • ‘Long and Narrow Cavities: In hard-to-reach places, you may want to use caulk, smoothing it flat with your finger after injecting it.’
    • ‘When you soak the prune in water, it swells up, expanding so that the surface stretches and the wrinkles are smoothed out.’
    • ‘Cover your sand form with sheets of wet newspaper to keep the mud walls from sticking to the sand form, smoothing the sheets flat.’
    • ‘Rei stood up, straightened her short blond hair and smoothed the hem of her long blue dress.’
    • ‘For your face, stirred-up egg whites, applied and allowed to tighten, smooth skin before makeup.’
    • ‘Xiaohan finished it all at one go, then tried to improve her appearance by untying her hair, smoothing it down and wiping her face with her palms.’
    • ‘Others smooth their pot surface gently with a bit of water on their finger.’
    • ‘Run your hand over the sanded surface to make sure it is smoothed out.’
    • ‘After cutting the hair, he smoothed the strands with a flat iron, then separated chunks to create a sexy, disheveled look.’
    • ‘Running a hand through her hair to smooth it, Laena's hands smoothed down the front of her long, green gown in attempts to rid it of the road dust.’
    • ‘It was smoothed out so quickly I couldn't be entirely sure I had actually seen it crease.’
    • ‘Table and bed linens were smoothed out in this late-eighteenth-century linen press.’
    • ‘The paper was smoothed out, turned over, and marked off with our house of dreams, much like an architect's sketch of a one-story ranch house.’
    • ‘She tangled her fingers in his golden hair, an almost impossible feat considering the short strands were smoothed flat against his head.’
    • ‘Even when only the front two seats are occupied small road imperfections are smoothed out and even rough roads are dealt with effectively.’
    • ‘Hopping up quickly, she scrambled down the side of the rock to flat ground; smoothing the winkles of her dress.’
    • ‘The stone pathway was smoothed out very nicely, and there were steps to sit on and talk.’
    • ‘Suddenly feeling self - conscious, Katherine placed a hand to her tangled hair and tried to smooth it.’
    • ‘She grinned and her amber colored hair was smoothed out a little and curled lightly at the ends to create an elegant look.’
    • ‘He wiped a hand over his graying hair and smoothed his lab coat, then cleared his throat.’
    flatten, make flat, level, make level, level out, level off, make even, even off, even out, roll, steamroll, iron, plane, make uniform, make regular, regularize
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    1. 1.1Modify (a graph, curve, etc.) so as to lessen irregularities.
      ‘values are collected over a long period of time so that fluctuations are smoothed out’
      • ‘The plots have been smoothed to facilitate visual comparisons.’
      • ‘The original curve was smoothed by reconstruction from fewer Fourier coefficients.’
      • ‘The cumulative measures smooth graphs and provide an overall indication of directional changes in forecast accuracy.’
      • ‘Divergence scores were averaged over consecutive disjoint sets of 15 genes each to smooth the curves.’
  • 2Deal successfully with (a problem or difficulty)

    ‘these doctrinal disputes were smoothed over’
    • ‘There were a few technical and dramatic details which needed to be smoothed over but on the whole I greatly enjoyed watching it with the lights, costumes and staging.’
    • ‘Our friendship has been strained lately, but I was also hoping that maybe tonight things could be smoothed over once and for all.’
    • ‘They were shouting at each other when they left, so I hope things are smoothed out by now.’
    • ‘Your social standing ought to improve as an old problem is smoothed over.’
    • ‘The current disruption at York District Hospital is being smoothed over by a new commissionaire - former city pub bouncer Lisa Harrison.’
    • ‘Seneca and Burrus smoothed over the public outcry.’
    • ‘Nor does it help that the hero's seemingly insoluble problems are glibly smoothed out in the final scene.’
    • ‘Since this apparent blow up, things have been smoothed over with the two groups, but there were a few things that left a bad taste in my mouth about the whole ordeal.’
    • ‘The problems are left behind, perhaps marginally smoothed over by their efforts.’
    • ‘Time now has smoothed away both the damages of runaway inflation and the hurts of the Kerr dismissal.’
    • ‘Venezuelans waited to see if Chavez had indeed changed, and whether a split in the military and problems in the state-run oil consortium could be smoothed over.’
    • ‘He adroitly smoothed over marital difficulties and the couple moved to Germany, where he filed the divorce papers.’
    • ‘Mr Purtill also smoothed over staff unrest over the departure of general manager Nigel Gray by telling them their jobs were safe.’
    • ‘Since these hours rely on the availability of volunteers, there are still a few holes, but those should be smoothed over in the coming weeks.’
    • ‘It's surprising how gripes or problems can be smoothed over by the simple gesture of feeding the crew or paying travelling expenses.’
    • ‘But cultural and linguistic differences really do exist - they cannot be smoothed over by simply dulling our sensory perception.’
    • ‘Differences among human beings cannot be smoothed away.’
    • ‘Much of the edginess, cruelty and complexity of the real Nash is smoothed over in this Hollywood version of his life.’
    • ‘After the temporary hitch was smoothed out, the band launched into a hard rocking set of self-penned tunes, as if nothing had ever happened.’
    • ‘Richard still got into fights on occasion, but nothing that couldn't be smoothed over.’
    settle, resolve, patch up, sort out, iron out, put to rights, mend, remedy, heal, cure, rectify
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    1. 2.1Free (a course of action) from difficulties or problems.
      ‘a conference would be held to smooth the way for the establishment of the provisional government’
      • ‘Human freedom will march ahead, and we must help smooth its way.’
      • ‘We should immediately revise related internal regulations to smooth this process.’
      • ‘The Government has also established new regulatory bodies to smooth the way for privatization.’
      • ‘This was designed to help smooth the way for a second UN resolution authorising war in Iraq.’

adverb

Archaic
  • In a way that is without difficulties.

    ‘the course of true love never did run smooth’
    • ‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’
    • ‘The stewards who volunteered their time and who made the day run smooth.’

Origin

Old English smōth, probably of Germanic origin, though no cognates are known. The verb dates from Middle English.

Pronunciation:

smooth

/smuːð/