• The Sultan smiled at the idea of the son of a poor old woman asking for the hand of his daughter
    The Sultan smiled at the idea of the son of a poor old woman asking for the hand of his daughter
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v smile change one's facial expression by spreading the lips, often to signal pleasure
    • v smile express with a smile "She smiled her thanks"
    • n smile a facial expression characterized by turning up the corners of the mouth; usually shows pleasure or amusement
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"She, smiling, takes the pennies...." "She, smiling, takes the pennies...."
I see him bow and smile I see him bow and smile
Frowns and Smiles Frowns and Smiles

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Smiling releases endorphins in the body, which makes people feel better
    • Smile A somewhat similar expression of countenance, indicative of satisfaction combined with malevolent feelings, as contempt, scorn, etc; as, a scornful smile .
    • Smile Favor; countenance; propitiousness; as, the smiles of Providence. "The smile of heaven."
    • Smile Gay or joyous appearance; as, the smiles of spring. "The brightness of their [the flowers' smile was gone."
    • Smile The act of smiling; a peculiar change or brightening of the face, which expresses pleasure, moderate joy, mirth, approbation, or kindness; -- opposed to frown. "Sweet intercourse
      Of looks and smiles : for smiles from reason flow."
    • Smile To affect in a certain way with a smile. "And sharply smile prevailing folly dead."
    • Smile To be propitious or favorable; to favor; to countenance; -- often with on; as, to smile on one's labors.
    • Smile To express amusement, pleasure, moderate joy, or love and kindness, by the features of the face; to laugh silently. "He doth nothing but frown. . . . He hears merry tales and smiles not.""She smiled to see the doughty hero slain.""When last I saw thy young blue eyes, they smiled ."
    • Smile To express by a smile; as, to smile consent; to smile a welcome to visitors.
    • Smile To express slight contempt by a look implying sarcasm or pity; to sneer. "'T was what I said to Craggs and Child,
      Who praised my modesty, and smiled ."
    • Smile To look gay and joyous; to have an appearance suited to excite joy; as, smiling spring; smiling plenty. "The desert smiled ,
      And paradise was opened in the wild."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Women smile more than men do
    • smile To show a change of the features such as characterizes the beginning of a laugh; give such an expression to the face: generally as indicative of pleasure or of slight amusement, but sometimes of depreciation, contempt, pity, or hypocritical complaisance.
    • smile To look gay or joyous, or have an appearance such as tends to excite joy; appear propitious or favorable: as, the smiling spring.
    • smile To drink in company.
    • smile To ferment, as beer, etc.
    • smile To express by a smile: as, to smile a welcome; to smile content.
    • smile To change or affect (in a specified way) by smiling: with a modifying word or clause added.
    • smile To smile at; receive with a smile.
    • n smile An expression of the face like that with which a laugh begins, indicating naturally pleasure, moderate joy, approbation, amusement, or kindliness, but also sometimes amused or supercilious contempt, pity, disdain, hypocritical complaisance, or the like. Compare smirk, simper, and grin.
    • n smile Gay or joyous appearance; an appearance that would naturally be productive of joy: as, the smiles of spring.
    • n smile Favor; countenance; propitiousness: as, the smiles of Providence.
    • n smile A drink, as of spirit, taken in company and when one person treats another; also, the giving of the treat: as, it is my smile.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown.
    • v.i Smile smīl to express pleasure by the countenance: to express slight contempt: to look joyous: to be favourable
    • n Smile act of smiling: the expression of the features in smiling: favour:
    • n Smile (slang) a drink, a treat
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  • Ruckett
    “Who is mightier than death? Those who can smile when death threatens.”
  • Ring Lardner
    Ring Lardner
    “They gave each other a smile with a future in it.”
  • Frank A. Clark
    “Most smiles are started by another smile.”
  • David Hare
    “Smiles are the language of love.”
  • Dame Sybil Hathaway
    Dame Sybil Hathaway
    “Smile, damn it !! Smile.”
  • Doug Horton
    “Smile, it's free therapy.”


Plastic smile - When someone is wearing a plastic smile, they are appear to be happier with a situation or events than they actually are. This is actually a description of the forced smile you might see in many photographs.
Wipe the smile of someone's face - If you wipe the smile of someone's face, you do something to make someone feel less pleased with themselves.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. smilen,; akin to Dan. smile, Sw. smila, MHG. smielen, smieren, L. mirari, to wonder at, Skr. smi, to smile; and probably to E. smicker,. √173. Cf. Admire Marvel Smirk


In literature:

She smiled a little as she went by, and Reanda knew that the smile was for him because he had shown surprise.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
She smiled and smiled.
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham
He greeted both ladies effusively, and smilingly looked at his watch.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
But it was clean and the bed clothing fresh and she smiled a little as she continued her examination.
"The Trail to Yesterday" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Her father opened his haggard eyes and smiled.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
Mabane smiled at her, and his smile was a revelation even to us who knew him so well.
"The Master Mummer" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Ellen stood half smiling to herself to see the universal smile, when Nancy twitched her.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
He smiled a serene, almost kindly smile down at the moaning man who was being dragged up the ladder toward him.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
He smiled at Sophia, and she smiled back.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Peter smiled his grave smile, and vouchsafed nothing.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts

In poetry:

And she would smile--so blandly smile,
That Fancy own'd the spell divine ;
And she would so my sense beguile,
That false Hope whisper'd she was mine.
"The Discarded Lover" by Laura Sophia Temple
Bright as comes morning from the hill,
There comes a face to her lover's eyes;
Her love she tells; and he, dying, smiles,—
And smiles yet in the skies.
"A Ballad Of The Mist" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
While now I can walk a dusty mile
I’ll teäke me a day, while days be clear,
To vind a vew friends that still be dear,
Feäce after feäce, an’ smile by smile.
"The Fall" by William Barnes
If thou couldst know what 'tis to smile,
To smile whilst scorn'd by every one,
To hide by many an artful wile,
A heart that knows more grief than guile,
Thou wouldst not do what I have done.
"Thou Wouldst Not Do What I Have Done" by Lady Caroline Lamb
My heart was sad when first we met;
'Yet with a smile,--
A welcome smile I ne'er forget,
Thou didst beguile
My sighs and sorrows;-and a sweet delight
Shed a soft radiance, where erst was night.
"The Open Gates" by John Hartley
She smiled when she heard them, to banish their fear,
But wae looks the smile that is seen through a tear,
And bitter's the tear that is forced by a love
Which honour and virtue can never approve.
"Auld Robin Gray" by Henry Morley

In news:

In the bleakest stock market of the past 70 years, when hedge funds and 401(k)s alike have cratered, few people are smiling.
There is new research that says smiling just might bring your blood pressure down.
Lions' centre Angus Reid smiles as he walks back to the bench while playing the Saskatchewan Roughriders in his 200th career CFL game earlier this month.
Print out the 'Make DC Smile' signs.
"Choose one that makes you smile," Johnson says.
SHE saw them first in Paris and they made her smile.
"He did not say he's sorry," Ovechkin said with a smile.
Adam Messmer smiles next to one of his catches in the first annual Juneau Chum Derby held this year to raise funds for the Thunder Mountain High School basketball and baseball teams.
When I glanced in the mirror and saw that teenage girl in the red sedan waving at me, it seemed like the most natural thing in the world to smile and wave back.
Smile, say cheese and hold that pose till you hear the 'click.
Operation Smile teams up with staff at CHKD.
Dogs even look like they're smiling.
Offering Alternative Therapy with Smiles.
Cynthia Mathews is all smiles as she arrives at the Santa Cruz County Democrats celebration on Tuesday.
Somewhere Ronald Reagan is smiling.

In science:

Ramezani and Zeng [143] and Kou [122] use an asymmetric double exponential distribution for log(Jt ), and show that the resulting model can capture asymmetric leptokurtic features and “volatility smile” features frequently observed in financial data.
Parametric and nonparametric models and methods in financial econometrics
We smile at these simple-minded notions, yet the idea that a fundamental particle has a (pointlike) form is what becomes of these notions in the limiting case in which the bounding surface shrinks to a point.
Quantum Mechanics and the Cookie Cutter Paradigm
Special attention was given to implied volatility smile or skew, but research has concentrated on implied Black and Scholes volatility since it has become the unique way to price vanilla options.
Localizing Volatilities
To explain in a self-consistent way why options with different strikes and maturities have different implied volatilities or what one calls the volatility smile, one could use stochastic volatility models (eg.
Localizing Volatilities
Nevertheless, a familiar phenomenon appears: since the model is driven by a Brownian motion, it cannot be calibrated accurately to the whole term structure of volatility smiles.
On the valuation of compositions in L\'evy term structure models