Adjective "smooth" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having an even and regular surface; free from perceptible projections, lumps, or indentations.
  1. 'his face was curiously smooth and youthful'
  2. 'Many layers of paint are built up into a smooth, flat surface, uniform in colour.'
  3. 'We can achieve less friction with a smooth and flat surface - glass to be precise.'
  4. 'The primer was supposed to have smoothed out the ridge of the edge, making it one smooth flat surface.'
  5. 'Circular motion will provide a flat, smooth surface but it may not be as reflective.'
  6. 'They require regular trips to the manicurist every two to three weeks for maintenance: the base of the nail needs to be filled to maintain a smooth looking surface.'
  7. 'I put my luggage bags on the ground and sat down on the smooth and flat surface of the hard bench.'
  8. 'You can choose a smooth or textured finish, or even paint it.'
  9. 'When dry and hard the ground was scraped and abraded to a smooth flat surface, especially important if there were to be areas of gilding.'
  10. 'This specification requires that a trowel finish surface be smooth and free of trowel marks.'
  11. 'They were set in mortar, and a smooth surface was then obtained by using large slabs of flat stone.'
  12. 'As for my medallions of beef tenderloin, medium was how they were ordered and perfectly medium was how they arrived, served up with smooth and buttery mashed potatoes.'
  13. 'Knead the mixture until it reaches a smooth consistency.'
  14. 'Add sugar and egg yolk and beat to a smooth consistency.'
  15. 'Instead of getting a smooth emulsion, what they have got is a beaker full of clearly separated layers of immiscible liquid.'
  16. 'Keep adding the milk and whisking until it has a smooth, runny consistency.'
  17. 'The white chocolate is smooth, creamy and stiff with grains of proper Bourbon vanilla, not vanillin, the cost-cutting artificial flavouring.'
  18. 'In a small bowl, mix flour with enough milk to form a paste, continuing to add milk until a smooth lump-free liquid forms.'
  19. 'The eggs are beaten gently and then strained, leaving a smooth liquid.'
  20. 'More best of British grub came in the form of a porky charred Cumberland sausage served on smooth, fresh mash.'
  21. 'If you like a smooth soup, place a third of the mixture in a blender with cream cheese and sour cream.'
  22. 'the smooth summer sea'
  23. 'There were leadership reputations at stake in that Dail debate where successful sailors are not made in smooth seas.'
  24. 'The sea showed no longer a smooth and calm panorama, the waves dancing joyfully, for it had started a rousing melody, a robust song escaping from unruly waters.'
  25. 'The racket is spun on its head and falls to the ground. If the symbol is rightside up, it is called smooth. If the symbol is upside down, it is called rough.'
(of movement) without jerks.
  1. 'graphics are excellent, with fast, smooth scrolling'
  2. 'In one smooth movement, straighten both legs to stand, bending your elbows to pull the bar up and in toward your chest.'
  3. 'You need to display at least 24 cartoons frames, or cells, per second in order to see smooth movement.'
  4. 'To execute the snatch, lift a weight off the floor and overhead in one smooth movement.'
  5. 'But other players who became overly anxious could find their bodies became too tense to complete smooth movements.'
  6. 'Without a break in the smooth movement, Uke stretches his fist up and steps forward to bring the back of the knuckles on Tori's head.'
  7. 'Rialle Rose did a cartwheel, added a few original dance moves, and caught her fan again, all in one smooth movement.'
  8. 'Characters' mouths move when they speak and the animation of their movements is fairly smooth.'
  9. 'With one smooth movement, he leaned forward and looked closer into my own mahogany eyes.'
  10. 'Your feet move, too, in rhythm with the hands, to help create smooth movements.'
  11. 'The movements were smooth and the steps small; the dancers always held their upper bodies regally.'
(of an action, event, or process) without problems or difficulties.
  1. 'The relationship between the schools also aims to allows year six pupils at the primary school to make a smooth transition to secondary education.'
  2. 'We will encounter the second obstacle to a smooth transition to democracy in the period between nominations and the run up to elections.'
  3. 'Although he could serve as prime minister until 2010, some want a smooth hand-over to Brown sooner.'
  4. 'She followed a cantering success in a Roscommon handicap with a smooth victory in a conditions event at Leopardstown ten days ago.'
  5. 'He collected seven trophies last season in novice events and has made a smooth transition to clubmen races this season.'
  6. 'There was, plainly, an awareness of a real difficulty in the way of the smooth transformation of the territory into its intended role as a defence establishment with no settled civilians.'
  7. 'This arrangement had been working well, facilitating a smooth transition of business from Carl Stock to himself.'
  8. 'The graduate glut is one more sign of how difficult it is for China to manage a smooth transition to a market economy.'
  9. 'Technocrats from the two governments were currently discussing the modalities of the project to ensure smooth implementation.'
  10. 'We also hope that China will see a smooth transition of political power this year, with rational, gentle and open-minded people rising to power.'
(of a person or their manner) suavely charming in a way regarded as possibly insincere.
  1. 'He was smooth, glib, emollient, full of promises that your hands can't quite grip onto.'
  2. 'In The Wolf Man, Rains is the perfect lord of the manor with his patrician bearing and smooth manner with the town's officials.'
  3. 'He's professional, he's smooth, he's never late, he's not strung out, his appearance is immaculate.'
(of food or drink) without harshness or bitterness.
  1. 'I often find Cinsaut to be a little bland on its own, but it is nicely blended here with Pinotage to form a really smooth wine.'
  2. 'Accepting the premise that red wine is smooth, has soft tannins and tastes of vanilla, this is a banker.'
  3. 'The praline spread tastes like chocolatey smooth peanut butter.'


Give (something) a flat, regular surface or appearance.
  1. 'you can use glasspaper to smooth the joint'
  2. 'When you soak the prune in water, it swells up, expanding so that the surface stretches and the wrinkles are smoothed out.'
  3. 'Xiaohan finished it all at one go, then tried to improve her appearance by untying her hair, smoothing it down and wiping her face with her palms.'
  4. 'She grinned and her amber colored hair was smoothed out a little and curled lightly at the ends to create an elegant look.'
  5. 'Hopping up quickly, she scrambled down the side of the rock to flat ground; smoothing the winkles of her dress.'
  6. 'Running a hand through her hair to smooth it, Laena's hands smoothed down the front of her long, green gown in attempts to rid it of the road dust.'
  7. 'After cutting the hair, he smoothed the strands with a flat iron, then separated chunks to create a sexy, disheveled look.'
  8. 'Cover your sand form with sheets of wet newspaper to keep the mud walls from sticking to the sand form, smoothing the sheets flat.'
  9. 'Run your hand over the sanded surface to make sure it is smoothed out.'
  10. 'Even when only the front two seats are occupied small road imperfections are smoothed out and even rough roads are dealt with effectively.'
  11. 'The paper was smoothed out, turned over, and marked off with our house of dreams, much like an architect's sketch of a one-story ranch house.'
  12. 'Divergence scores were averaged over consecutive disjoint sets of 15 genes each to smooth the curves.'
  13. 'The cumulative measures smooth graphs and provide an overall indication of directional changes in forecast accuracy.'
Deal successfully with (a problem or difficulty)
  1. 'Our friendship has been strained lately, but I was also hoping that maybe tonight things could be smoothed over once and for all.'
  2. 'They were shouting at each other when they left, so I hope things are smoothed out by now.'
  3. 'Mr Purtill also smoothed over staff unrest over the departure of general manager Nigel Gray by telling them their jobs were safe.'
  4. 'The current disruption at York District Hospital is being smoothed over by a new commissionaire - former city pub bouncer Lisa Harrison.'
  5. 'He adroitly smoothed over marital difficulties and the couple moved to Germany, where he filed the divorce papers.'
  6. 'Nor does it help that the hero's seemingly insoluble problems are glibly smoothed out in the final scene.'
  7. 'Your social standing ought to improve as an old problem is smoothed over.'
  8. 'Since these hours rely on the availability of volunteers, there are still a few holes, but those should be smoothed over in the coming weeks.'
  9. 'Richard still got into fights on occasion, but nothing that couldn't be smoothed over.'
  10. 'Seneca and Burrus smoothed over the public outcry.'
  11. 'a conference would be held to smooth the way for the establishment of the provisional government'
  12. 'Human freedom will march ahead, and we must help smooth its way.'
  13. 'We should immediately revise related internal regulations to smooth this process.'


In a way that is without difficulties.
  1. 'The stewards who volunteered their time and who made the day run smooth.'


1. free from projections or unevenness of surface; not rough: smooth wood; a smooth road.

2. generally flat or unruffled, as a calm sea.

3. free from hairs or a hairy growth: a smooth cheek.

4. of uniform consistency; free from lumps, as a batter, sauce, etc.

5. free from or proceeding without abrupt curves, bends, etc.: a smooth ride.

6. allowing or having an even, uninterrupted movement or flow: smooth driving.

7. easy and uniform, as motion o

More examples(as adjective)

"cooperations can be smooth in futures."

"universes can be smooth on scales."

"paths can be smooth after stints."

"passages can be smooth for tours."

"lean-tos can be smooth with ages."

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Old English smōth, probably of Germanic origin, though no cognates are known. The verb dates from Middle English.