smudge

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v smudge make a smudge on; soil by smudging
    • n smudge a blemish made by dirt "he had a smudge on his cheek"
    • n smudge a smoky fire to drive away insects
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Smudge A heap of damp combustibles partially ignited and burning slowly, placed on the windward side of a house, tent, or the like, in order, by the thick smoke, to keep off mosquitoes or other insects.
    • Smudge A suffocating smoke.
    • Smudge That which is smeared upon anything; a stain; a blot; a smutch; a smear.
    • Smudge To smear; to smutch; to soil; to blacken with smoke.
    • Smudge To stifle or smother with smoke; to smoke by means of a smudge.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • smudge To smear or stain with dirt or filth; blacken with smoke.
    • smudge To smoke or cure, as herring.
    • n smudge A spot; stain; smear.
    • n smudge The scrapings and cleanings of paint-pots, collected and used to cover the outer sides of roof-boards as a bed for roofing-canvas.
    • smudge To stifle; smother.
    • smudge To make a smudge in; fumigate with a smudge: as, to smudge a tent so as to drive away insects.
    • n smudge A suffocating smoke.
    • n smudge A heap of combustibles partially ignited and emitting a dense smoke; especially, such a fire made in or near a house, tent, or the like, so as to raise a dense smoke to repel insects.
    • n smudge In the game of set-back all-fours, the player who bids 4 and makes it, winning the came on the hand if he is not in the hole on the score at the time.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Smudge smuj a spot, a stain: a choking smoke—v.t. to stifle: to fumigate with smoke
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Dan. smuds, smut, E. smutch, or smoke,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Sw. smuts, dirt, Dan. smuds, smut; Ger. schmutz.

Usage

In literature:

But unless my eyes play me tricks, a smudge of smoke arises.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
He saw low upon the eastern horizon a smudge of black smoke.
"Frontier Boys on the Coast" by Capt. Wyn Roosevelt
A black smudge of a destroyer followed us over with its eye on us.
"Old Junk" by H. M. Tomlinson
But the shaman came to the dying smudge fire to meet the Apaches.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
From ten fathoms out both shores were merged in one black smudge.
"Gold Out of Celebes" by Aylward Edward Dingle
To the east the smudge was clearer now; it seemed to be a grey wall, far away.
"It Could Be Anything" by John Keith Laumer
It was a terracotta smudge.
"Waiting for Daylight" by Henry Major Tomlinson
The dead man's face was a congested, olive shade, with purple smudges beneath the up-rolled eyes, and lips like dried leaves.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Across the white apron ran a broad, dirty smudge.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908." by Various
Then came the day that I rode toward a smudge in the sky, and found men and boys at work burning and cutting.
"Child and Country" by Will Levington Comfort
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In poetry:

Can he write a letter concisely clear
Without a speck or a smudge or smear
or BLOT,
The Akond of Swat?
"The Akond of Swat" by Edward Lear
Will they likely be tarnished
Smudged, dingy, or singed?
Soiled or possibly rumpled
Without and maybe within?
"Hopeful" by Amelia Wire Holmes Aaron
The Printer's is a happy lot:
Alone of all professions,
No fateful smudges ever blot
His earliest "impressions."
"The Happy Printer" by Henry Austin Dobson
But these are facts you can't deny,
My pastor, smudged and sooty,
His mind was like a summer sky —
He lived a life of beauty —
"A Hyde Park Larrikin" by Henry Kendall
Of our forgetfulness until we find
It becomes strangely easy to forgive
Even ourselves with this clouding of the mind,
This cinerous blur and smudge in which we live.
"Sarabande On Attaining The Age Of Seventy-Seven" by Anthony Hecht
The night has passed, waiting, the star-dust is settling
Sleepy candle-flames are flickering in distant palaces
Every pathway has passed into sleep, tired of waiting
Alien dust has smudged all traces of footsteps
"Loneliness" by Faiz Ahmed Faiz

In news:

If Kiss has perfected anything in nearly 40 years, it's the application of a makeup that refuses to smudge.
Scientists trace how dark asteroids smudged Vesta's face.
Speed oven in smudge-proof stainless-steel finish by Smeg, 212-265-5378.
8 Ways to Keep Polish from Smudging.
The light-cured, soak-off gel formula doesn't chip, smudge or crack.
NSI Polish Pro is a light-cured formula that lasts two weeks without chipping, smudging, or cracking.
It's high maintenance, though, since smudges and chips are so visible.
(AP) — Smoke from a massive wildfire in northern Colorado is blowing into southeast Wyoming and smudging the skies above Cheyenne.
The fundamentals of a smoky eye are simple—apply generous amounts of eyeliner and dark shadow, then smudge away—but as these trail-blazing beauties prove, there are countless variations on the classic.
Get smoldering, sexy (and smudge-proof) eyes without spending an hour in front of the mirror.
And use Bobbi's Smokey Eye Liner Brush for the perfect, sexy smudge.
Industrial black carbon—­particularly in the period around 1900—left a dirty, harmful human smudge on the Arctic, researchers say.
Do candles hold the cure for touch-screen smudges.
Leave it to those clever Germans to finally figure out a way to keep smudges off of our tablets, smart phones and touch screens.
If your white board had become smudged and dirty looking over the years, it can be cleaned with small amounts of toothpaste .
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In science:

Having discovered it first in H I, we were then able to discern the galaxy as a barely visible smudge on the POSS-II plate (left panel of Figure 4).
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
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