smooth

Something smooth is free of roughness, stubble, or other imperfections that you can feel with your hands. If your wooden table is giving you splinters, use a sander to smooth it down and make it smooth. As you can see, smooth works as both a verb and an adjective.

Smooth has lots of interesting uses: Caught in a wind storm? Better smooth out your hair when you head inside. Got a friend who's good with the ladies? Try imitating his smooth moves. Need help to smooth out a dispute between two friends? Invite them out for coffee and offer to help them smooth out their differences. Some pianists prefer ivory keys to plastic because they're less smooth, and their fingers don't slip. The best dancers can move smoothly from one move to another.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: smooth

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adjvn
having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities
make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing
the act of smoothing
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adjv
lacking obstructions or difficulties
free from obstructions
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: smooth
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adj 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”
Synonyms
even
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)
ironed
(of linens or clothes) smoothed with a hot iron
fine
of textures that are smooth to the touch or substances consisting of relatively small particles
slippery, slippy
causing or tending to cause things to slip or slide
creaseless, uncreased
used especially of fabrics
even-textured
having an even texture
fast
(of surfaces) conducive to rapid speeds
fine-textured, smooth-textured
having a smooth, fine-grained structure
glassy
resembling glass in smoothness and shininess and slickness
seamless, unlined, unseamed
smooth, especially of skin
aerodynamic, flowing, sleek, streamlined
designed or arranged to offer the least resistant to fluid flow
velvet, velvet-textured, velvety
smooth and soft to sight or hearing or touch or taste
Antonyms:
rough, unsmooth
having or caused by an irregular surface
uneven
not even or uniform as e.g. in shape or texture
unironed, wrinkled
(of linens or clothes) not ironed
unpolished
not carefully reworked or perfected or made smooth by polishing
irregular
contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice
coarse, harsh
of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles
nonslippery
not slippery; not likely to slip or skid
abrasive, scratchy
causing abrasion
alligatored, cracked
of paint or varnish; having the appearance of alligator hide
barky
resembling the rough bark of a tree
broken, rugged
topographically very uneven
bullate
of leaves; appearing puckered as if blistered
bumpy
covered with or full of bumps
chapped, cracked, roughened
used of skin roughened as a result of cold or exposure
corded, twilled
of textiles; having parallel raised lines
costate, ribbed
(of the surface) having a rough, riblike texture
cragged, craggy, hilly, mountainous
having hills and crags
crushed
treated so as to have a permanently wrinkled appearance
homespun, nubbly, nubby, slubbed, tweedy
of textiles; having a rough surface
imbricate, imbricated
used especially of leaves or bracts; overlapping or layered as scales or shingles
lepidote, leprose, scabrous, scaly, scurfy
rough to the touch; covered with scales or scurf
squamulose
covered with tiny scales
lined, seamed
(used especially of skin) marked by lines or seams
pocked, pockmarked, potholed
used of paved surfaces having holes or pits
rock-ribbed, rockbound
abounding in or bordered by rocky cliffs or scarps
bouldered, bouldery, rocky, stony
abounding in rocks or stones
gravelly, pebbly, shingly
abounding in small stones
roughish
somewhat rough
rugose
of leaves; ridged or wrinkled
sandpapery
having the abrasive texture of sandpaper
saw-like
having rough edges that can be used for sawing
scabby
covered with scabs
shagged, shaggy
having a very rough nap or covered with hanging shags
coarse-textured, rough-textured, textured
having surface roughness
verrucose, wartlike, warty
(of skin) covered with warts or projections that resemble warts
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adj of motion that runs or flows or proceeds without jolts or turbulence

“a smooth ride”
Antonyms:
bumpy, jolting, jolty, jumpy, rocky, rough
causing or characterized by jolts and irregular movements

adj smooth and unconstrained in movement

“a long, smooth stride”
Synonyms:
fluent, fluid, liquid
graceful
characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, or execution

adj (of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves

“a smooth channel crossing”
Synonyms:
placid, quiet, still, tranquil, unruffled
calm
(of weather) free from storm or wind

adj of the margin of a leaf shape; not broken up into teeth

Synonyms
simple, unsubdivided
(botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions
compound
composed of more than one part
entire
(of leaves or petals) having a smooth edge; not broken up into teeth or lobes
repand
having a slightly undulating margin
sinuate
having a strongly waved margin alternately concave and convex
undulate
having a wavy margin and rippled surface
unnotched, untoothed
having no notches
Antonyms:
rough
of the margin of a leaf shape; having the edge cut or fringed or scalloped
simple, unsubdivided
(botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions
compound
composed of more than one part
bidentate
having toothlike projections that are themselves toothed
biserrate
having saw-like notches with the notches themselves similarly notched
ciliate, ciliated
having a margin or fringe of hairlike projections
crenate, crenated, scalloped
having a margin with rounded scallops
crenulate, crenulated
having a margin with small rounded teeth
crispate
wavy or notched and curled very irregularly
dentate
having toothlike projections in the margin
denticulate
having a very finely toothed margin
emarginate
having a notched tip
erose, jagged, jaggy, notched, toothed
having an irregularly notched or toothed margin as though gnawed
fimbriate
having a fringe of slender processes
fringed, laciniate
having edges irregularly and finely slashed
lacerate, lacerated
irregularly slashed and jagged as if torn
pectinate
like a comb
rimose
having a surface covered with a network of cracks and small crevices
runcinate
having incised margins with the lobes or teeth pointing toward the base; as dandelion leaves
notched, saw-toothed, serrate, serrated, toothed
notched like a saw with teeth pointing toward the apex
serrulate
minutely serrated
spinose
having spines
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adj (music) without breaks between notes; smooth and connected

Synonyms:
legato
Antonyms:
disconnected, staccato
(music) marked by or composed of disconnected parts or sounds; cut short crisply
abrupt, disconnected
marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions
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v make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing

smooth the surface of the wood”
Synonyms:
smoothen
Antonyms:
roughen
make rough or rougher
Types:
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strip
remove the thread (of screws)
launch
smoothen the surface of
rake
level or smooth with a rake
plane
make even or smooth, with or as with a carpenter's plane
float
make the surface of level or smooth
sand, sandpaper
rub with sandpaper
sandblast
grind with a sandblast
file
smooth with a file
rough-sand
sand roughly
Type of:
change surface
undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface

v make (a surface) shine

Synonyms:
polish, shine, smoothen
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Simonise, Simonize
polish with wax
sleek, slick
make slick or smooth
buff, burnish, furbish
polish and make shiny
gloss
give a shine or gloss to, usually by rubbing
Type of:
beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify
make more beautiful

n the act of smoothing

“he gave his hair a quick smooth
Type of:
accomplishment, achievement
the action of accomplishing something
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adj lacking obstructions or difficulties

“the bill's path through the legislature was smooth and orderly”
Synonyms
easy
posing no difficulty; requiring little effort

adj smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication

“the manager pacified the customer with a smooth apology for the error”
Synonyms:
bland, politic, suave
diplomatic, diplomatical
using or marked by tact in dealing with sensitive matters or people

v free from obstructions

smooth the way towards peace negotiations”
Synonyms:
smooth out
Type of:
disembarrass, free, rid
relieve from
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