smooth /ˈsmuð/ 形容詞
Smooth a. [Compar. Smoother superl. Smoothest.]
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.
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.
Syn: -- Even; plain; level; flat; polished; glossy; sleek; soft; bland; mild; soothing; voluble; flattering; adulatory; deceptive.
Smooth, adv. Smoothly.
Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep. --Shak.
1. The act of making smooth; a stroke which smooths.
2. That which is smooth; the smooth part of anything. “The smooth of his neck.”
Smooth, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Smoothed p. pr. & vb. n. Smoothing.] 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. Specifically: --
(a) To free from obstruction; to make easy.
Thou, Abelard! the last sad office pay,
And smooth my passage to the realms of day. --Pope.
(b) 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.
(c) To palliate; to gloze; as, to smooth over a fault.
(d) To give a smooth or calm appearance to.
Each perturbation smoothed with outward calm. --Milton.
(e) To ease; to regulate.
Smooth, v. i. To flatter; to use blandishment.
Because I can not flatter and speak fair,
Smile in men's faces, smooth, deceive and cog. --Shak.
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
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,
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"
v 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]