• 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
    • adj smiling smiling with happiness or optimism "Come to my arms, my beamish boy!"- Lewis Carroll","a room of smiling faces","a round red twinkly Santa Claus"
    • n smiling 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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Smiling releases endorphins in the body, which makes people feel better
    • adj Smiling wearing a smile, joyous
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  • Charles Reade
    Charles Reade
    “Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “The giving is the hardest part; what does it cost to add a smile?”
  • 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.”
  • Samuel Pepys
    Samuel Pepys
    “As happy a man as any in the world, for the whole world seems to smile upon me!”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Look a man in the eye and say what you really think, don't just smile at him and say what you're supposed to think.”


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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Sw. smila, to smile.


In literature:

She smiled much, and hers was still a pretty smile.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
She smiled at him graciously.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
She coughed and smiled and lay still, smiling.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
His eyes were very tender, and their smile was the smile he always held for the boy who had now become a man.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
He smiled suddenly, moved, as people often were, to an apparently irrelevant tenderness for her.
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
And when Papa's gone, I'll sit at the head of the table, smile and pour your tea.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
He knelt again, and tried to smile at the face smiling back at him from the pillow.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
She smiled at him in a friendly fashion, and he smiled back.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Catherine had surveyed her as she entered the room with a smile, but a smile not altogether to Rose's taste.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The wrinkled face broke into a smile, the gray eyes were bright in admiration.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs

In poetry:

Bends their Good-Night,
Kissed and smiled:--
Each was mother,
Each was child.
"A Little Memory" by Aldous Huxley
Don't you love the eyes that come from Ireland?
The dreaming mocking eyes that see you through,
The eyes that smile and smile,
With the heart-break all the while,—
Don't you love the eyes that come from Ireland?
"The Eyes That Come From Ireland" by Richard Le Gallienne
One night, when by my side she slept,
I rose: and leaning, while I kept
The dagger hid, I kissed her hair
And throat: and, when she smiled asleep,
Into her heart I drove it deep:
And left her dead, still smiling there.
"A Confession" by Madison Julius Cawein
`Come back, for the cuckoo is on its way,
And the mountains, smiling, await your smile;
And still in my olive—groves bask and stray,
Till the warm—winged waters and winds of May
Shall waft you back to your own loved Isle.'
"Invocation" by Alfred Austin
Wo, yet not long! She linger'd but to trace
Thine image from the image in her breast,
Once, once again to see that buried face
But smile upon her, ere she went to rest.
Too sad a smile! its living light was o'er,
It answer'd hers no more.
"Korner And His Sister" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
And with wide, eager eyes he smiled, and stretched his hands
As if his dearest friend were welcoming him to his abode;
Eternal silence sealed that wondrous smile as he cried--
"Thy face! Thy face, dear Lord!" and, saying this, he died.
"The Brothers" by Marietta Holley

In news:

Courtesy photoSunnie and Arielle Hoekstra smile in a family photo.
Smile, Cheater, You're On Candid Camera '.
Thriller Phil Bacharach For a guy named Smiley, the central character of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" doesn't do a lot of smiling.
Trinniberg to Run in Carry Back , Not Smile.
The lottery gods must be smiling on Navarre Carryout in Oregon.
And the fifty was on sale "with, like, a free Blu-Ray player," noted Trevor, my Product Consultant, braces glittering on the smile beneath his peach-fuzz mustache.
However, after hearing about Grand Dental Smile's free dental day, she had to go and check it out.
Centenarian Edna Stein says, 'Smile and be happy'.
There were smiles, cake and even a food fight when the stars of Gossip Girl shot the final scenes of the hit series.
1111_news_colorguardmembers_photo/stevekohls Patricia Wing (left) and Sherri Beaupre smile as they are the first women to be part of the Braienrd VFW Color Guard .
Someday when I'm gone and he's whipping up some chipped beef gravy, he will hopefully smile and recall the same feelings I do about comfort .
Kenneth Baen has a lot to smile about.
GIs remember comrade 's smile, spirit.
As the year gets ready to wind down, Eric Church can certainly look back on 2012 and smile.
Former Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen, right, speaks to a crowd as Jim Douglas, the former governor of Vermont, smiles to a crowd in Guerry Auditorium at Sewanee University last year.

In science:

Fig. 3: ”Smile” curve: the implied volatility σ ε (K, τ ) as a function of the strike price K .
Stochastic arbitrage return and its implications for option pricing
Fig. 3: “Smile” curve: the implied volatility σ ε (K, τ ) as a function of the strike price K .
Volatility smile and stochastic arbitrage returns
Local volatility models were introduced by Dupire in order to capture the smile effect.
Simple arbitrage
For the past three decades, the leptokurtic property and volatility smile observed in financial data have been the driven force for searching for more appropriate models than the Black-Scholes model to account for empirical characteristics of financial data.
Parametric and nonparametric models and methods in financial econometrics
New insights into smile, mispricing, and value at risk: the hyperbolic model. J.
Parametric and nonparametric models and methods in financial econometrics