smoothsmooth1 /smuːð/ ●●●W3 adjective (comparative smoother, superlative smoothest)1surfaceFLAT a smooth surface has no rough parts, lumps, or holes, especially in a way that is pleasant and attractive to touch opp roughHer skin felt smooth and cool.a smooth pebbleThe stone steps had been worn smooth.► see thesaurus at flat2happening without problemsEFFICIENT happening or operating successfully, without any problemssmooth running/operationSarah is responsible for the smooth running of the sales department.The new government has promised a smooth transition of power. → go smoothlyat smoothly(2)3movement [only before noun]GRACEFUL with no sudden movements or changes of direction, especially in a way that is graceful or comfortableSwing the tennis racket in one smooth motion.The jet made a smooth landing.smooth flight/ride (=a comfortable trip in an airplane or car)It wasn’t a very smooth ride.► see thesaurus at comfortable4personPOLITE someone who is smooth is polite, confident, and relaxed, but is often not sincerea smooth salesmanHe was a smooth talker.George is a smooth operator (=someone who does things in a smooth way).5liquid mixtureTHICK LIQUID a liquid mixture that is smooth has no big pieces in it opp lumpyBeat the eggs and flour until they are smooth.6sound a voice or music that is smooth is soft and pleasant to listen tosmooth jazzHe has one of those silky smooth (=very smooth) voices.7tasteCT a drink such as wine, coffee, whisky, or beer that is smooth is not bitter but tastes pleasanta smooth full-bodied wine —smoothness noun [uncountable]the smoothness of his skin →smooth-talking
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smooth• Moisturizers promise to leave your skin softer and smoother.• The car has excellentsuspension and the journey was really smooth.• Whisk cup water with lemonjuice, flour and salt to taste until smooth.• Add the remainingingredients and beat until smooth.• Smooth and charming, Francis was the kind of man your mother would love you to marry.• The marble table felt smooth and cold against her arm.• The eyebrows and eyelashes were drawn in an then very pale washes were put on, the paint smooth and even.• The water around the fire was smooth as glass, black, like a standing pool of oil.• She felt too, as she mopped the trickling water from it, the smoothbronzed skin of the leg.• To ensure a smooth change-over, we'd like you to start work one week before your predecessor leaves.• Stir in currants and mixed peel. 3 Add enough milk to make a soft, smoothdough.• a board with smooth edges• FrontPage is a software program that helps to organize the entireweb site so that it works in a smoothfashion.• a smooth flight• It was one of the smoothest flights I've ever had.• a smooth, freshly-paved driveway• a series of smooth, graceful ripples on the lake• a smoothlawyer• Don't let his smoothmannerfool you - he's just after your money.• The control exercised from this remote box, therefore, was vital to the smooth operation of this busy line.• Behind the scenes ... chaos ... smoothoperators ... and hairdressers everywhere.• Blend the strawberries with a little icing sugar in a food processor until it forms a smooth purée.• The main responsibility of the Project Co-ordinator is to ensure the smooth running of the department.• She has lovelysmooth skin.• It is a smooth spreading sausage, similar in texture to a fine liver sausage, with a bright pink colour.• We hope that most students will make a smoothtransition into high school.worn smooth• It may carry genes for delicate surface ornament, yet be worn smooth by abrasion.• The woman leads us down a long corridor of unvarnishedcedar boards worn smooth by centuries of slippered feet.• We lay beneath them in coarsesisalhammocksworn smooth by decades of use.• High peaks are crested with bouldersworn smooth by the weather.• As they were parting, the priest drew from his pocket a small black amulet, worn smooth over many centuries.• High, frescoedceilings looked down on a marble floor worn smooth over the centuries.smooth running/operation• Somewhere along the line its deals undermined its smooth operation.• This is essential to facilitate the smooth running of a sale and to provide the client with regular written status reports.• As the man on the spot, he was responsible for the smooth running of everything that happened on the site.• An angry mob creates confusion and prevents the smooth running of its huntingsequence.• Reengineering offered a technical fix for what were seen as lapses in the smooth operation of ongoing business processes.• They are, in a college like Vassar, a key element in the smooth running of the school.• Food and medical supplies against an efficient and smooth running operation.• Zips: a double zip which is smooth running with an innerdraughtbaffle.smooth flight/ride• As far as home openers go, there have been smoother rides.• But until then Hussey should continue to enjoy a smooth ride.• Please give my compliments to Captain Tynes, and thank him for the smooth ride.• In particular, it boasts a longer wheelbase and new twist-beam suspension which produces a smoother ride and better handling.• It is expected to be a smooth ride for the bill from here.• Don't expect a smooth ride; liberating that which is repressed can be quite traumatic.• By later standards they were rather slow cars, but the trucks gave a smooth ride on straight track.• All the railjoints would be welded by the Thermit process, to give a smooth ride throughout.smooth operator• He may not look it, but he is a smooth operator.• He was then a smooth operator.• Here are the big time smooth operators.• Behind the scenes ... chaos ... smooth operators ... and hairdressers everywhere.silky smooth• Its engine and gearbox are silky smooth.• The undersides of the leaves are greyish-green and silky smooth.• The animation is silky smooth and flicker free as your players run around the vastcountrysidescenario.• As an all-over moisturiser, choose a Nivea Lotion for your skin type and enjoy a silky smooth body.• The wholesomeness of youth was enmeshed in her looks, silky smoothcocoa skin, and fresh smell.smoothsmooth2 ●●○ verb [transitive]1FLATto make something such as cloth or hair flat by moving your hands across itLiz smoothed her skirt and sat down.smooth something back/downShe smoothed back her hair.2 (also smooth down)FLAT to make a rough surface flat and evenThe wood was smoothed and trimmed to size.Smooth down all the surfaces before you start painting.3[always + adverb/preposition]RUB to rub a liquid, cream etc gently over a surface or into a surfacesmooth something into/over somethingShe smoothed suntan lotion over her legs.4 →smooth the way/path for something →smooth something ↔ away →smooth something ↔ out →smooth something ↔ over→ See Verb table
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smooth• The logs were smoothed and trimmed to size with axes.• Across the table, Tanya smoothed down her skirt and looked at her watch.• Luce washed herself and smoothed her fringe as best she could, scowling at her reflection in the mirror.• She stood up, a little unsteadily, and smoothed her frock.• She removed her cap and smoothed her lush black hair.• He would sit, smoothing his pants, and wait.• But Internet sales are being delayed until kinks can be smoothed out, as well as security issues.• The curiously but hopefully not phonetically named Botox is injected into the forehead to smooth out the skin.• Every morning she smoothes the bedclothes out and dusts the room.• He smooths the circle to the exactdepth required and marks it with a big cross.• He wanted to smooth the web of hair that spilled down her back springing alive from the bones of her head.smooth something into/over something• She smoothed suntan lotion over her legs.