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SMOOTH, a. [L. mitis.]

1. Having an even surface, or a surface so even that no roughness or points are perceptible to the touch; not rough; as smooth glass; smooth porcelain. The out lines must be smooth, imperceptible to the touch.

2. To free from obstruction; to make easy. Thou, Abelard, the last sad office pay, And smooth my passage to the realms of day.

3. To free from harshness; to make flowing. In their motions harmony divine so smooths her charming tones.'

4. To palliate; to soften; as, to smooth a fault.

5. To calm; to mollify; to allay. Each perturbation smooth'd with outward calm.

6. To ease. The difficulty smoothed.

7. To flatter; to soften with blandishments. Because I cannot flatter and look fair, smile in men's faces, smooth, deceive and coy.



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SMOOTH, a. [L. mitis.]

1. Having an even surface, or a surface so even that no roughness or points are perceptible to the touch; not rough; as smooth glass; smooth porcelain. The out lines must be smooth, imperceptible to the touch.

2. To free from obstruction; to make easy. Thou, Abelard, the last sad office pay, And smooth my passage to the realms of day.

3. To free from harshness; to make flowing. In their motions harmony divine so smooths her charming tones.'

4. To palliate; to soften; as, to smooth a fault.

5. To calm; to mollify; to allay. Each perturbation smooth'd with outward calm.

6. To ease. The difficulty smoothed.

7. To flatter; to soften with blandishments. Because I cannot flatter and look fair, smile in men's faces, smooth, deceive and coy.

SMOOTH, a. [Sax. smethe, smoeth; W. esmwyth, from mywth; allied to L. mitis, Ir. myth, maoth, soft, tender.]

  1. Having an even surface, or a surface so even that no roughness or points are perceptible to the touch; not rough; as, smooth glass; smooth porcelain. The outlines must be smooth, imperceptible to the touch. – Dryden.
  2. Evenly spread; glossy; as, a smooth haired horse. – Pope.
  3. Gently flowing; moving equably; not ruffled or undulating; as, a smooth stream; smooth Adonis. – Milton.
  4. That is uttered without stops, obstruction or hesitation; voluble; even; not harsh; as, smooth verse; smooth eloquence. When sage Minerva rose, / From her sweet lips smooth elocution flows. – Gay.
  5. Bland; mild; soothing; flattering. This smooth discourse and mild behavior oft / Conceal a traitor. – Addison.
  6. In botany, glabrous; having a slippery surface void of roughness.

SMOOTH, n.

That which is smooth; the smooth part of any thing; as, the smooth of the neck. – Gen. xxvii.


SMOOTH, v.t. [Sax. smethian.]

  1. To make smooth; to make even on the surface by any means; as, to smooth a board with a plane; to smooth cloth with an iron. And smooth'd the ruffled sea. – Dryden.
  2. To free from obstruction; to make easy. Thou, Abelard, the last sad office pay, / And smooth my passage to the realms of day. – Pope.
  3. To free from harshness; to make flowing. In their motions harmony divine / So smooths her charming tones. – Milton.
  4. To palliate; to soften; as, to smooth a fault. – Shak.
  5. To calm; to mollify; to allay. Each perturbation smooth'd with outward calm. – Milton.
  6. To ease. The difficulty smoothed. – Dryden.
  7. To flatter; to soften with blandishments. Because I can not flutter and look fair. Smile in men's faces, smooth, deceive, and coy. – Shak.

Smooth
  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.

    Chaucer.

    The outlines must be smooth, imperceptible to the touch, and even, without eminence or cavities. Dryden.

  2. Smoothly.

    Chaucer.

    Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep. Shak.

  3. The act of making smooth; a stroke which smooths.

    Thackeray.
  4. To make smooth; to make even on the surface by any means; as, to smooth a board with a plane; to smooth cloth with an iron.

    Specifically: --

    (a)

  5. To flatter; to use blandishment.

    Because I can not flatter and speak fair,
    Smile in men's faces, smooth, deceive and cog.
    Shak.

  6. Evenly spread or arranged; sleek; as, smooth hair.
  7. That which is smooth; the smooth part of anything.

    "The smooth of his neck." Gen. xxvii. 16.
  8. Gently flowing; moving equably; not ruffled or obstructed; as, a smooth stream.
  9. 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.

  10. Bland; mild; smoothing; fattering.

    This smooth discourse and mild behavior oft
    Conceal a traitor.
    Addison.

  11. 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.

    Syn. -- Even; plain; level; flat; polished; glossy; sleek; soft; bland; mild; soothing; voluble; flattering; adulatory; deceptive.

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Smooth

SMOOTH, adjective [Latin mitis.]

1. Having an even surface, or a surface so even that no roughness or points are perceptible to the touch; not rough; as smooth glass; smooth porcelain. The out lines must be smooth imperceptible to the touch.

2. To free from obstruction; to make easy. Thou, Abelard, the last sad office pay, And smooth my passage to the realms of day.

3. To free from harshness; to make flowing. In their motions harmony divine so smooths her charming tones.'

4. To palliate; to soften; as, to smooth a fault.

5. To calm; to mollify; to allay. Each perturbation smooth'd with outward calm.

6. To ease. The difficulty smoothed.

7. To flatter; to soften with blandishments. Because I cannot flatter and look fair, smile in men's faces, smooth deceive and coy.

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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libertine

LIB'ERTINE, n. [L. libertinus, from liber, free.]

1. Among the Romans, a freedman; a person manumitted or set free from legal servitude.

2. One unconfined; one free from restraint.

3. A man who lives without restraint of the animal passion; one who indulges his lust without restraint; one who leads a dissolute, licentious life; a rake; a debauchee.

LIB'ERTINE, a. Licentious; dissolute; not under the restraint of law or religion; as libertine principles; a libertine life.

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