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
porcelain. "The outlines should be smooth, imperceptible to the touch, and even, without eminence
or cavities." (Dryden)
2. Evenly spread
or arranged; sleek; as, smooth
3. Gently flowing; moving
equably; not ruffled or obstructed; as, a smooth
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
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. Causing no resistance to a body sliding along its surface; frictionless.
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.
Synonym: Even, plain, level, flat, polished, glossy, sleek, soft, bland, mild, soothing, voluble, flattering, adulatory, deceptive.
Origin: OE. Smothe, smethe, AS. Smethe, smoeuncertain origin.
Source: Websters Vocabulary