• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a. & n Smoothing fr. Smooth v.
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  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.”
  • 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.”


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:

It was not smooth and thin at first.
"Chambers's Elementary Science Readers" by Various
The insect prefers a long, smooth, regular twig which can receive the whole of its eggs.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
Thicken with one-quarter cup of flour rubbed smooth with one rounding tablespoonful of butter.
"Good Things to Eat as Suggested by Rufus" by Rufus Estes
Pound three anchovies smooth with three tablespoonfuls of butter, add two teaspoonfuls of vinegar and a quarter of a cupful of water.
"How to Cook Fish" by Olive Green
Sandstone with smoothed surface and groove for smoothing arrow shafts.
"Illustrated Catalogue of the Collections Obtained from the Indians of New Mexico in 1880" by James Stevenson
The whole plant is smooth and glaucous.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
For heavy guns this is practicable in smooth water only.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
He thanked the Panthay again and again, and patted his bare, smooth shoulder, and the native grinned and bowed before him.
"Jack Haydon's Quest" by John Finnemore
A beautiful skin is smooth, soft and clear; the color varies in different individuals.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
The register marks must be smoothly and evenly cut so that the paper, in printing, may slide easily home to its exact place.
"Wood-Block Printing" by F. Morley Fletcher

In poetry:

His heart is false and foul,
His words are smooth and fair;
Wisdom is banished from his soul,
And leaves no goodness there.
"Psalm XXXVI: High in the Heav'ns" by Isaac Watts
There haply with her jewelled hands
She smooths her silken gown,—
No more the homespun lap wherein
I shook the walnuts down.
"My Playmate" by John Greenleaf Whittier
If I climb the broken stairway,
Where the stone is smooth and fine,
I hear a rustle and whisper,
And footsteps in front of mine.
"A Castle Old And Grey" by Alexander Anderson
And when he came to Falsehope glen,
Beneath the trysting-tree,
On the smooth green was carved plain,
"To Lochwood bound are we."
"The Reiver's Wedding" by Sir Walter Scott
We rose up from the fountain-side;
And down the smooth descent
Of the green sheep-track did we glide;
And through the wood we went;
"The Fountain" by William Wordsworth
The evening star now greets the scene
And smoothly soars above it,
And o'er the cottage stands serene;
He seems in truth to love it.
"The House In The Heath" by Annette Von Droste-Hulshoff

In news:

Most small businesses turn to banks for credit to smooth out their cash flow, regardless of the economic environment.
Smooth sailing for contractors, commuters.
Bastion 's gameplay is strong on its own, but the dynamic, smooth-voiced narration really makes the experience something extra special.
Flush wire cutters Cut wires of various thicknesses by clamping down on wire to create a smooth end.
One Man's Quest For A Smooth Ruger.
Tanker's fuel transfer to Nome going smoothly so far.
145cm Width: 41.5 cm MSRP: $269.00 Surf Style: Board is big and smooth, but hardly snappy.
Re-creating the sleek, smooth blowouts your stylists gives you can be daunting.
The smooth landing is our only complaint.
Mix all ingredients until smooth.
A simple tomato sauce with a fresh, smooth taste.
The way for young lovers Sarah (Stephanie Umoh) and Coalhouse Walker Jr (Quentin Earl Darrington), a Harlem musician, is not smooth at the turn of an earlier century.
Defenseman Joe Houk is trying to make a smooth transition from Hamilton College to playing at UMass Lowell.SUN/BOB WHITAKER.
Michael Jackson and Vincent Paterson on the set of "Smooth Criminal".
His paintings aren't spontaneous and smooth.

In science:

Let ϕ : M → N be a smooth map between two n-dimensional smooth manifolds M and N , dy a smooth measure on N .
A Generalization of Random Matrix Ensemble I: General Theory
Suppose dµ is a G-invariant smooth measure on G/K , and suppose p(x) is a Ginvariant smooth function on X .
A Generalization of Random Matrix Ensemble I: General Theory
Since the restriction of π to A and H are smooth and G is equipped with the product topology, π is smooth, too.
Mackey Theory for $p$-adic Lie groups
Let N be a smooth generic submanifold of Ck+m of CR dimension k and h a smooth CR map from N into some Cn verifying dh(0) = 0.
On the Holomorphic Extension of CR Distributions from Non Generic CR Submanifolds of $\C^L$
The above assumptions are satisfied, for example, if H1 (x, k) = c1 (x)h(k), where c1 (x) is a stationary uniformly mixing random field with a smooth correlation function, and h(k) is a smooth deterministic function.
Diffusion in a weakly random Hamiltonian flow