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English adjective: smooth

1. smooth having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities

SamplesSmooth skin.
A smooth tabletop.
Smooth fabric.
A smooth road.
Water as smooth as a mirror.

Similaraerodynamic, creaseless, even-textured, fast, fine-textured, flowing, glassy, seamless, sleek, smooth-textured, streamlined, uncreased, unlined, unseamed, velvet, velvet-textured, velvety

See alsoeven, fine, ironed, slippery, slippy

Antonymsrough, unsmooth

2. smooth smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication

SamplesHe was too politic to quarrel with so important a personage.
The manager pacified the customer with a smooth apology for the error.

Synonymsbland, politic, suave

Similardiplomatic, diplomatical


3. smooth of the margin of a leaf shape; not broken up into teeth

Similarentire, repand, sinuate, undulate, unnotched, untoothed

See alsocompound, simple, unsubdivided

Domain categorybotany, phytology


4. smooth smooth and unconstrained in movement

SamplesA long, smooth stride.
The fluid motion of a cat.
The liquid grace of a ballerina.

Synonymsfluent, fluid, liquid



5. smooth (music) without breaks between notes; smooth and connected

SamplesA legato passage.


Domain categorymusic

Antonymsdisconnected, staccato

6. smooth of motion that runs or flows or proceeds without jolts or turbulence

SamplesA smooth ride.

Antonymsbumpy, jolting, jolty, jumpy, rocky, rough

7. smooth lacking obstructions or difficulties

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


Antonymsdifficult, hard

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

SamplesA 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.

Synonymsplacid, quiet, still, tranquil, unruffled



English noun: smooth

1. smooth (act) the act of smoothing

SamplesHe gave his hair a quick smooth.

Broader (hypernym)accomplishment, achievement

English verb: smooth

1. smooth (contact) make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing

SamplesSmooth the surface of the wood.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change surface

Narrower (hyponym)file, float, launch, plane, rake, sand, sandblast, sandpaper, strip



2. smooth (contact) make (a surface) shine

SamplesShine the silver, please.
Polish my shoes.

ExamplesThey smooth the glass tubes

Synonymspolish, shine, smoothen

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify

Narrower (hyponym)buff, burnish, furbish, gloss, Simonise, Simonize, sleek, slick


3. smooth (possession) free from obstructions

SamplesSmooth the way towards peace negotiations.

Synonymssmooth out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)disembarrass, free, rid

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