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Definition 1: the act of smoothing - [noun denoting act]

Samples where smooth or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he gave his hair a quick smooth

(smooth is a kind of ...) the action of accomplishing something

Definition 2: make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing - [verb of contact]

Samples where smooth or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • smooth the surface of the wood

Synonyms for smooth in the sense of this definition

(smooth is a kind of ...) undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface

(... is a kind of smooth ) remove the thread (of screws)

(... is a kind of smooth ) grind with a sandblast

"sandblast the facade of the building"

(... is a kind of smooth ) rub with sandpaper

"sandpaper the wooden surface"

(... is a kind of smooth ) make the surface of level or smooth

"float the plaster"

(... is a kind of smooth ) make even or smooth, with or as with a carpenter's plane

"plane the top of the door"

(... is a kind of smooth ) level or smooth with a rake

"rake gravel"

(... is a kind of smooth ) smoothen the surface of

"launch plaster"

(... is a kind of smooth ) smooth with a file

"file one's fingernails"

(smooth implies ...) move over something with pressure

"rub my hands" "rub oil into her skin"

Definition 3: make (a surface) shine - [verb of contact]

Samples where smooth or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • shine the silver, please
  • polish my shoes

Synonyms for smooth in the sense of this definition

(smooth is a kind of ...) make more beautiful

(... is a kind of smooth ) polish with wax

"The motorcycle has been Simonized"

(... is a kind of smooth ) make slick or smooth

(... is a kind of smooth ) polish and make shiny

"buff the wooden floors" "buff my shoes"

(... is a kind of smooth ) give a shine or gloss to, usually by rubbing

(smooth implies ...) move over something with pressure

"rub my hands" "rub oil into her skin"

Definition 4: free from obstructions - [verb of possession]

Samples where smooth or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • smooth the way towards peace negotiations

Synonyms for smooth in the sense of this definition

(smooth is a kind of ...) relieve from

"Rid the house of pests"

Definition 5: having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where smooth or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(smooth is similar to ...) smooth and soft to sight or hearing or touch or taste

(smooth is similar to ...) designed or arranged to offer the least resistant to fluid flow

"a streamlined convertible"

(smooth is similar to ...) smooth, especially of skin

"his cheeks were unlined" "his unseamed face"

(smooth is similar to ...) resembling glass in smoothness and shininess and slickness

"the glassy surface of the lake" "the pavement was...glassy with water"

(smooth is similar to ...) having a smooth, fine-grained structure

(smooth is similar to ...) (of surfaces) conducive to rapid speeds

"a fast road" "grass courts are faster than clay"

(smooth is similar to ...) having an even texture

(smooth is similar to ...) used especially of fabrics

"uncreased trousers"

(means also ...) causing or tending to cause things to slip or slide

"slippery sidewalks" "a slippery bar of soap" "the streets are still slippy from the rain"

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

"wood with a fine grain" "fine powdery snow" "fine rain" "batiste is a cotton fabric with a fine weave" "covered with a fine film of dust"

(means also ...) (of linens or clothes) smoothed with a hot iron

(means also ...) 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)

"an even application of varnish" "an even floor" "the road was not very even" "the picture is even with the window"

Definition 6: of the margin of a leaf shape; not broken up into teeth - [adjective denoting all]

(smooth is similar to ...) (of leaves or petals) having a smooth edge; not broken up into teeth or lobes

(smooth is similar to ...) having a slightly undulating margin

(smooth is similar to ...) having a strongly waved margin alternately concave and convex

(smooth is similar to ...) having a wavy margin and rippled surface

(smooth is similar to ...) having no notches

(means also ...) (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions

(means also ...) composed of more than one part

"compound leaves are composed of several lobes" "compound flower heads"

(smooth belongs to category ...) the branch of biology that studies plants

Definition 7: (music) without breaks between notes; smooth and connected - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where smooth or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a legato passage

Synonyms for smooth in the sense of this definition

(smooth belongs to category ...) an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

Definition 8: of motion that runs or flows or proceeds without jolts or turbulence - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where smooth or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a smooth ride

Definition 9: (of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where smooth or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for smooth in the sense of this definition

(smooth is similar to ...) (of weather) free from storm or wind

"calm seas"

Definition 10: smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where smooth or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was too politic to quarrel with so important a personage
  • the manager pacified the customer with a smooth apology for the error

Synonyms for smooth in the sense of this definition

(smooth is similar to ...) using or marked by tact in dealing with sensitive matters or people

"the hostess averted a confrontation with a diplomatic chenage of subject"

Definition 11: lacking obstructions or difficulties - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where smooth or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(smooth is similar to ...) posing no difficulty; requiring little effort

"an easy job" "an easy problem" "an easy victory" "the house is easy to heat" "satisfied with easy answers" "took the easy way out of his dilemma"

Definition 12: smooth and unconstrained in movement - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where smooth or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for smooth in the sense of this definition

(smooth is similar to ...) characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, or execution

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