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
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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
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