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)
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)
Smooth is often used in the formation of selfexplaining 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.
Origin: OE. Smothe, smethe, AS. Smethe, smoe<su:edt/e, where e, oe, come from an older o; cf. LG. Smode, smoe, smodig; of uncertain origin.
(01 Mar 1998)
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