smear

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v smear charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"
    • v smear cover (a surface) by smearing (a substance) over it "smear the wall with paint","daub the ceiling with plaster"
    • v smear make a smudge on; soil by smudging
    • v smear stain by smearing or daubing with a dirty substance
    • n smear an act that brings discredit to the person who does it "he made a huge blot on his copybook"
    • n smear a blemish made by dirt "he had a smudge on his cheek"
    • n smear a thin tissue or blood sample spread on a glass slide and stained for cytologic examination and diagnosis under a microscope
    • n smear slanderous defamation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pageant Models often smear Vaseline on their teeth so their lips won't stick when smiling.
    • Smear A fat, oily substance; oinment.
    • Smear Hence, a spot made by, or as by, an unctuous or adhesive substance; a blot or blotch; a daub; a stain. "Slow broke the morn,
      All damp and rolling vapor, with no sun,
      But in its place a moving smear of light."
    • Smear To overspread with anything unctuous, viscous, or adhesive; to daub; as, to smear anything with oil. "Smear the sleepy grooms with blood."
    • Smear To smudge, blur, or render indistinct (writing, pictures, etc.).
    • Smear To soil in any way; to contaminate; to pollute; to stain morally; as, to be smeared with infamy.
    • Smear to vilify (a person); to damage (a person's reputation), especially falsely or by unfair innuendo, and with malicious intent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n smear Fat; grease; ointment.
    • n smear A spot, blotch, or stain made by, or as if by, some unctuous substanee rubbed upon a surface.
    • n smear In sugar manufacturing, the technical term for fermentation.
    • n smear In pottery, a mixture of glazing materials in water, used for coating articles before they are placed in the saggars of the glazing-furnace.
    • smear To overspread with ointment; anoint.
    • smear To overspread thickly, irregularly, or in blotches with anything unctuous, viscous, or adhesive; besmear; daub.
    • smear To overspread too thickly, especially to the violation of good taste; paint, or otherwise adorn with something applied to a surface, in a way that is overdone or tawdry.
    • smear To soil; contaminate; pollute.
    • smear Synonyms To bedaub, begrime.
    • smear To tarnish, sully.
    • n smear The soft, semi-fluid mud of calcium sulphate left in the generators when whiting and sulphuric acid were used to produce carbon-dioxid gas in the manufacture of aërated waters.
    • n smear In bacteriology, a preparation of bacteria for microscopical examination made by smearing the organisms upon a slide or cover-glass. Also called spread. See culture.
    • smear To give a gloss to (pottery or stoneware) without glazing, as by putting a volatile flux or glazing preparation in the kiln or in the saggar with the ware. See smearglaze and smearing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Smear smēr to overspread with anything sticky or oily, as grease: to daub
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Quotations

  • Edward Flaherty
    Edward Flaherty
    “You couldn't get a clue during the clue mating season in a field full of horny clues if you smeared your body with clue musk and did the clue mating dance.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. smere,. smeoru, fat, grease; akin to D. smeer, G. schmeer, OHG. smero, Icel. smjör, Sw. & Dan. smör, butter, Goth. smaírþr, fatness, smarna, dung; cf. Lith. smarsas, fat. Cf. Smirch
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. smeru, fat, grease; Ger. schmeer, grease, Ice. smjör, butter.

Usage

In literature:

Of the two marks, one is a blot, smeared slightly by a finger or thumb; the other is a smear only.
"The Red Thumb Mark" by R. Austin Freeman
His hands and Renfrew's clothing and the mossy ground was smeared with blood.
"Big Timber" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
This Hewitt took down and examined very closely, smearing his fingers with the dust from the inside lining.
"Martin Hewitt, Investigator" by Arthur Morrison
For a moment he stared into the blood-smeared face of his friend; then he sprang to his feet, and caught him by the arm.
"The Hunted Woman" by James Oliver Curwood
The fronts of many of the houses were smeared with crimson stains.
"Fighting in Flanders" by E. Alexander Powell
The widow "goes into mourning" by smearing her face with a substance composed of pitch and charcoal.
"A further contribution to the study of the mortuary customs of the North American Indians" by H. C. Yarrow
Everything that one eats is smeared with gall!
"Armenian Literature" by Anonymous
The colour of the letters is never smeared or blurred in any way.
"Inquiries into Human Faculty and Its Development" by Francis Galton
I can smear it over somehow.
"By Advice of Counsel" by Arthur Train
There was smear-case too, milk gravy and sauce made of English currants.
"Vandemark's Folly" by Herbert Quick
Then his face was smeared with honey, and he was placed in the scorching rays of the sun.
"The King's Cup-Bearer" by Amy Catherine Walton
Sometimes dey throw salt brine on dey backs, or smear on turputine to make it git well quicker.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
When the Buhuitihu goes to visit a sick person, he smears his face with soot or powdered charcoal.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. III" by Robert Kerr
They wore the usual kangaroo skin cloak thrown over the back or shoulder, and thickly smeared with red ochre and grease.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
Peter's eyes fastened upon that dark red smear.
"The Purple Heights" by Marie Conway Oemler
The brilliant colors that had been smeared on his visage told me more forcibly than words could have done that his tribe was on the warpath.
"An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody)" by Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)
Then took she a certain herb, and therewith smeared her head and her face, till she was all brown and stained.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 2" by Charles Dudley Warner
The scalp had been neatly lifted, and blood lay in a broad smear upon the cheeks and forehead.
"The Empty House And Other Ghost Stories" by Algernon Blackwood
They should be a foot square, be made of soft worn linen, be washed once a-day, and be smeared with tallow.
"The Art of Travel" by Francis Galton
The Coltons and the Brooks contingent had smeared him with compliments.
"The Colossus" by Opie Read
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In poetry:

This way and that he swung and swayed,
He gambolled far and near,
And everywhere he thrust himself
He left a soapy smear.
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
And his little gold-haired daughter
Took up the sprinkling-rod,
And smeared with blood the temple
And the wide lips of the god.
"The Dole Of Jarl Thorkell" by John Greenleaf Whittier
chill me, so do cups used for ash-trays or smeared
with lip-stick: the homes I warm to,
though seldom wealthy, always convey a feeling
of bills being promptly settled
"The Common Life" by W H Auden
Even children kill the birds thus captured,--
And, since none censures or withstands,
They seize the tiny skulls, enraptured
To crush them in their blood-smeared hands!
"Bird Slaughter" by John Lawson Stoddard
"O JESU Save me!" GOLFRE shriek'd—
But GOLFRE shriek'd no more!
The rosy dawn's returning light
Display'd his corse,—a dreadful sight,
Black, wither'd, smear'd with gore!
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
But down underneath, ’mid the coal dust that smears
The face and the hands, work the ship’s engineers.
Whate’er be the duty of others, ’tis theirs
To stand by their engines whatever occurs.
"Stand" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Elizabeth Warren Is Smeared , and the Press Is Along for the Ride.
A painting smeared with Amy Winehouse's blood is going on the auction block tomorrow (May 11.).
The smearing of a president: From start, unrelenting, unfair.
Quinn accuses Chicago mayor of smearing nominee.
So the casual smear from Rosenberg is quite clearly the opposite of the truth.
Smearing the Tea Party Left-wing opportunism and the Sikh-temple shootings.
Obama Allies Shun Bain Attacks to Avoid Smearing Private Equity.
Ugly New Reputation- Smearing Tactic: Going After A Toddler's Internet Footprint.
Smearing Obama's Face In It.
Smearing 68% of America.
But his outspoken questioning of global warming alarmism has just earned him one of the most outrageous mainstream media smear pieces I've ever seen.
Fred Singer's outspoken questioning of global warming alarmism has earned him outrageous media smear piece.
Last fall his fears were borne out when Rwandan journalists and politicians began a smear campaign against him.
He said he saw the smear campaign as confirmation of his previous fears and of his reservations about the Kagame regime.
Leader alleges Shepard is smearing him.
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In science:

The main effect of the randomness is smearing out the band structure.
Thermodynamic properties of the periodic nonuniform spin-1/2 isotropic XY chains in a transverse field
However, increasing disorder tends to smear out the band structures.
Localization of acoustic waves in 1D random liquid media
It is a 21-brane with fundamental strings lying in it and smeared over the remaining 20 directions.
Bosonic M Theory
Such a behaviour was interpreted as a smeared transition.
Phase Transition in the Random Anisotropy Model
Brillouin zone and the smearing of the Fermi surface, respectively, due to the scattering by the growing pair potential.
Theory of de Haas-van Alphen Effect in Type-II Superconductors
Here, note that this remark does not apply to the Fat7 link without SU(3) pro jection.3 This is a direct consequence of Theorem 1 and Theorem 2 combined with the assumption that the smearing prefactor suppresses the high momentum gluon exchange which causes the doubler-tadpole problem.
Perturbative improvement of staggered fermions using fat links
If smeared with a test function, it has finite expectation values but infinite fluctuations in almost every state of the Hilbert space (including the vacuum).
Generalized free fields and the AdS-CFT correspondence
Smearing Θµν with a test function does not give an operator whose domain contains the vacuum vector.
Generalized free fields and the AdS-CFT correspondence
Hence boundary observables (smeared fields) localized in a region K ⊂ Md encode all AdS observables localized in the region V (K ) = π−1 (K ) ⊂ ADSd+1 where π denotes the pro jection (z , x) → x.
Generalized free fields and the AdS-CFT correspondence
By von Neumann’s density theorem, the double commutant A(O) is the weak closure of the bounded functions of the unbounded smeared field operators (such as exp iφ(f ) if φ(f ) is self-adjoint).
Generalized free fields and the AdS-CFT correspondence
Then, in order to generate A(O) as in (5.2), rather than smear the field in O it suffices to smear the field and all its normal derivatives along O ∩ T .
Generalized free fields and the AdS-CFT correspondence
Sect. 4.1) smeared over the respective regions of the Cauchy surface.
Generalized free fields and the AdS-CFT correspondence
We have also performed runs with a uniform sound speed cs ≡ 8 km s−1 , as often observed in the outer parts of dwarfs, because the large central velocity dispersion could be partly due to beam smearing.
On the Spiral Structure of NGC 2915 and Dark Matter
Before addressing these issues, we briefly digress to comment on the observing strategy called “smearing” (Stoughton et al. 2002).
Star formation rate indicators in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
However, if T were not bounded, then the smeared two-point function would diverge.
Dynamics in Stationary, Non-Globally Hyperbolic Spacetimes
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