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1) ADJ-GRADED A smooth surface has no roughness, lumps, or holes.

...a rich cream that keeps skin soft and smooth.

...a smooth surface such as glass...

The flagstones beneath their feet were worn smooth by centuries of use.

Derived words:
smoothness N-UNCOUNT with supp

...the smoothness of her skin.

2) ADJ-GRADED A smooth liquid or mixture has been mixed well so that it has no lumps.

Continue whisking until the mixture looks smooth and creamy...

Blend the cornflour to a smooth paste with a little cold water.

3) ADJ-GRADED If you describe a drink such as wine, whisky, or coffee as smooth, you mean that it is not bitter and is pleasant to drink.

This makes the whiskeys much smoother.

4) ADJ-GRADED A smooth line or movement has no sudden breaks or changes in direction or speed.

This exercise is done in one smooth motion.

...the smooth curve of the trunk.

Derived words:
smoothly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

Make sure that you execute all movements smoothly and without jerking...

`I've no idea,' he said smoothly.

smoothness N-UNCOUNT with supp

Sayer was delighted with the smoothness of the engine.

5) ADJ-GRADED A smooth ride, flight, or sea crossing is very comfortable because there are no unpleasant movements.

The active suspension system gives the car a very smooth ride.

Derived words:
smoothness N-UNCOUNT with supp

The smoothness of the flight was memorable.

6) ADJ-GRADED You use smooth to describe something that is going well and is free of problems or trouble.

Political hopes for a swift and smooth transition to democracy have been dashed...

A number of problems marred the smooth running of this event.

Derived words:
smoothly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

So far, talks at GM have gone smoothly...

The operation was moving along smoothly.

smoothness N-UNCOUNT with supp

...airlines believed regulations requiring identification of all unaccompanied hold baggage would damage the smoothness of their operations.

7) ADJ-GRADED If you describe a man as smooth, you mean that he is extremely smart, confident, and polite, often in a way that you find rather unpleasant.

Twelve extremely good-looking, smooth young men have been picked as finalists...

He was the smoothest and probably the most powerful chief of staff in political memory.

8) VERB If you smooth something, you move your hands over its surface to make it smooth and flat.

[V n with adv] She stood up and smoothed down her frock...

[V n] Bardo smoothed his moustache.

9) VERB If you smooth something somewhere, you use your hands to spread it there.

[V n prep] She smoothed the lotion across his shoulder blades...

[V n with adv] His fingers smoothed the hair back from her face.

10) PHRASE: V inflects If you smooth the path or smooth the way towards something, you make it easier or more likely to happen.

Their talks were aimed at smoothing the path towards a treaty to limit long-range weapons.

11) PHRASE: V inflects If you say that someone has to take the rough with the smooth, you mean that they have to accept the unpleasant or difficult things that happen as well as the pleasant things.
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