• WordNet 3.6
    • adv smoothly with no problems or difficulties "put the plans into effect quickly and smoothly","despite of some mishaps, everything went swimmingly"
    • adv smoothly in a smooth and diplomatic manner "`And now,' he said smoothly, `we will continue the conversation'"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chocolate was introduced into the United States in 1765 when cocoa beans were brought from the West Indies to Dorchester, Massachusetts.Cocoa butter is the natural fat of the cocoa bean. It has a delicate chocolate aroma, but is very bitter tasting. It is used to give body, smoothness, and flavor to eating chocolate.
    • adv Smoothly In a smooth manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are more than 500 varieties of banana in the world: The most common kinds are Dwarf Cavendish, Valery, and Williams Hybrid bananas. Other types of bananas include Apple and a small red banana called the Red Jamaica. A large type of banana called the plantain is hard and starchy and is almost eaten as a cooked vegetable. The Cavendish is the most common variety of bananas now imported to the United States. The Cavendish is a shorter, stubbier plant than earlier varieties. It was developed to resist plant diseases, insects and windstorms better than its predecessors. The Cavendish fruit is of medium size, has a creamier, smooth texture, and a thinner peel than earlier varieties.
    • smoothly In a smooth manner or form, in any sense of the word smooth.
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  • Elizabeth Gaskell
    Elizabeth Gaskell
    “A little credulity helps one on through life very smoothly.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Triumphs without difficulties are empty. Indeed; it is difficulties that make the triumph. It is no feat to travel the smooth road.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Keep thy smooth words and juggling homilies for those who know thee not.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.”
  • Harriet Martineau
    “If there is any country on earth where the course of true love may be expected to run smooth, it is America.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “They do not love that do not show their love. The course of true love never did run smooth. Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love.”


Smooth as a baby's bottom - If something is smooth as a baby's bottom, it has a regular, flat surface.
Smooth sailing - If something is smooth sailing, then you can progress without difficulty. ('Plain sailing' is also used.)
Take the rough with the smooth - People say that you have to take the rough with the smooth, meaning that you have to be prepared to accept the disadvantages as well of the advantages of something.


In literature:

The jars should be of smooth, well-finished glass.
"Every Step in Canning" by Grace Viall Gray
Its surface was nearly smooth, with a descent to the west and southwest that gave natural drainage.
"The Fat of the Land" by John Williams Streeter
There is a great inward agitation, but the surface of things is smooth enough.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Lucia, who, as has been said, had a very keen appreciation of facts, did not believe that things would go so smoothly.
"Marzio's Crucifix and Zoroaster" by F. Marion Crawford
They choose a piece of dry, porous wood, and cutting smooth a spot of it lay it in a horizontal direction.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
When she was done she smoothed the blue-shirted shoulder complacently.
"The Heart of the Desert" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
It feels very fine and smooth when rubbed between the fingers, especially when moist.
"The First Book of Farming" by Charles L. Goodrich
The seeing the dimes smoothed him down into the most agreeable amiability.
"The Adventures of My Cousin Smooth" by Timothy Templeton
Work to a smooth dough and then knead for ten minutes.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
Then I dropped him a line, and got a mighty smooth note back.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

In poetry:

(And O were life their little scene
Where love so smoothly ran,
How different, Dear, this world had been
Since this old world began!)
"At the Comedy" by Arthur John Arbuthnott Stringer
Some day I'll come to that still place
And bid the old man smooth my bed.
No hurry of departure then,
No waking when the dawn is red.
"The Last Billet" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
Smoothly roll the crystal wavelets
Through the dusky veils of twilight,
That are trembling down from heaven
O'er the bosom of the sea.
"The Phantom Vessel" by Morris Rosenfeld
Ah, gentle sleep! thy hand will smooth
The weary couch of pain,
When all thy poppies fail to soothe
The lover’s throbbing brain!
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Smooth thro' his heart glides soft repose,
No storms that seat surprize;
Calm as the stream which by him flows,
Or cavern where he lies.
"The Philosopher" by Samuel Bowden
But sweeter is the glow o' youth
Upon her bloomin' cheek to see,
As if a rosebud, saft an' smooth,
Was there, half-blawn, to tak' the ee.
"The Muirlan' Lassie" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Smooth Desert Boulders May Be Quakes' Work.
Boulders in a Chilean desert appear to be rubbed smooth.
News / Chicagoland Someone get Jay Smooth a genius grant for awesomeness .
This silky-smooth pâté is inexpensive and simple to make.
Joe Goddard, the deeper-voiced of the two singers, smooth and sleepy.
Stir until smooth and shiny.
Take the jump and check out Snowball's smooth moves.
Although my brain is still fairly smooth, I did manage to produce a wrinkle or two with the click of a mouse.
On account of this onslaught, the smooth operating at the door of yesterday was long gone today.
Everyone had to start somewhere was it smooth and straight, or a bit kinky.
The first annual South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is drawing closer, and Coyoteopoly students are doing their best to ensure it hits the stage as smoothly as possible.
'Long Old Road,' Smooth Toad's Latest CD.
System Ensures Smooth Cruising for a High-Tech Houseboat.
A pull-apart box with a silky-smooth fit.
Event's Planning Hurried but Smooth.

In science:

Smoothness of a function g on ∆ is to be understood in the sense that g can be extended to a smooth function on a neighborhood of ∆.
Bifurcations of stationary measures of random diffeomorphisms
Therefore Vx is diffeomorphic to ∆ and thus a domain with piecewise smooth boundary, depending smoothly on x.
Bifurcations of stationary measures of random diffeomorphisms
Smoothness of stationary densities is obtained by showing that L maps a space of smooth densities into itself.
Bifurcations of stationary measures of random diffeomorphisms
The density ka (x, y) is a smooth function of (a, x, y) ∈ ∪a,x{a} × {x} × Ux,a in the sense that it can be extended to a smooth function on an open neighborhood.
Bifurcations of stationary measures of random diffeomorphisms
At x ∈ X 0 , the boundary of Vx,a ∩ W varies continuously but not smoothly with (x, a). follows that ¯La (φ) cannot be expected to be more than continuous on X 0 even for smooth φ.
Bifurcations of stationary measures of random diffeomorphisms