• WordNet 3.6
    • n smoothness the quality of being free from errors or interruptions "the five-speed manual gearbox is smoothness personified"
    • n smoothness the quality of having a level and even surface "the water was a glassy smoothness","the weather system of the Pacific is determined by the uninterrupted smoothness of the ocean"
    • n smoothness the quality of being bland and gracious or ingratiating in manner
    • n smoothness a texture without roughness; smooth to the touch "admiring the slim smoothness of her thighs","some artists prefer the smoothness of a board"
    • n smoothness powerful and effective language "his eloquence attracted a large congregation","fluency in spoken and written English is essential","his oily smoothness concealed his guilt from the police"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chocolate was introduced into the United States in 1765 when cocoa beans were brought from the West Indies to Dorchester, Massachusetts.Cocoa butter is the natural fat of the cocoa bean. It has a delicate chocolate aroma, but is very bitter tasting. It is used to give body, smoothness, and flavor to eating chocolate.
    • n Smoothness Quality or state of being smooth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are more than 500 varieties of banana in the world: The most common kinds are Dwarf Cavendish, Valery, and Williams Hybrid bananas. Other types of bananas include Apple and a small red banana called the Red Jamaica. A large type of banana called the plantain is hard and starchy and is almost eaten as a cooked vegetable. The Cavendish is the most common variety of bananas now imported to the United States. The Cavendish is a shorter, stubbier plant than earlier varieties. It was developed to resist plant diseases, insects and windstorms better than its predecessors. The Cavendish fruit is of medium size, has a creamier, smooth texture, and a thinner peel than earlier varieties.
    • n smoothness The state or character of being smooth, in any sense.
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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.”
  • 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.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Manners must adorn knowledge, and smooth its way through the world.”
  • African Proverb
    African Proverb
    “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.”


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:

Fruit globular, of a bright red, smooth and shining.
"Hardy Ornamental Flowering Trees and Shrubs" by A. D. Webster
Lakeward stretched a smooth, unrippled surface.
"Big Timber" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
The trunk is light gray in color, and the young trees have a smooth, leather-like bark.
"Among the Trees at Elmridge" by Ella Rodman Church
The open prairie covered with grass was smooth as a floor.
"Christopher Carson" by John S. C. Abbott
Otherwise they were naked, and the long smooth muscles of their slender bodies rippled under the skin.
"African Camp Fires" by Stewart Edward White
He was almost twice my age; but he had pleasant manners, and a smooth, smooth tongue.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
Let it melt, then mix it with a tablespoonful of flour, and stir smoothly until it is lightly browned.
"Cassell's Vegetarian Cookery" by A. G. Payne
I could see the smooth, thick curl of the water surging up and out!
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
The canoe, torn from the rapid's grasp, shot into the smooth water above.
"The Silent Places" by Steward Edward White
Secondly, to be smooth.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke

In poetry:

My little boy, with smooth, fair cheeks,
And dreamy, large, brown eyes,
Not often, little wisehead, speaks,
But hearing, weighs and tries.
"The Shadows" by George MacDonald
So placid is thy pillow here,
'Tis sweet, indeed, to know thy peace,
To smoothe thy locks and drop a tear,
To clasp a hand I must release.
"Good Night" by Lennox Amott
Then be cautious at the starting,
Tho' the path be smooth and clear;
For the time—the time of spurring—
Is when home and night are near.
"The Steed And The Rider" by Ernest Jones
Mother!—we will smooth thy pillow
Whilst the spark of life shall last;
"Hang our harps upon the willow,"
Till the fun'ral train has pass'd.
"To My Mother—Letty Wallace" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
"He fell in battle,--I see, alas!
Thou'dst smooth these tidings o'er,--
Nay, speak the truth, whatever it be,
Though it rend my bosom's core.
"The Aged Stranger" by Francis Bret Harte
They piled the rock-hewn chimney tall,
They smoothed the terraced ground,
They reared the marble-pillared wall
That fenced the mansion round.
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

King ran a smooth operation.
Despite Chaos Above Ground, Cairo's Metro System Runs Smoothly.
Animation are smooth and the gunplay feels fine, but good luck trying to aim or track an enemy without the hiccupping servers destroying your bead.
Pneumatics smoothes a sticky operation.
Smooth landing for new airport terminal roof fabrication project.
School has already started for some families in Urbana and elsewhere, but for those of us who are still in prep mode here are some tips for a smooth start to the school year.
With an estimated 1,300 visitors, smooth-running performances and good weather, the first annual South Dakota Shakespeare Festival held June 8-10 was a triumph, organizers said.
Tyler BushAaron Suski takes his smooth pop for a stroll on this desert-style backside 180.
House and Senate Judiciary committees worked slowly and methodically in special session Thursday to smooth out rough edges in legislation intended to clarify how vacancies in the US Senate are to be filled (HB201, SB2001).
Police officers stand guard on the Howrah bridge in preparation for smooth traffic flow during the nationwide strike in Kolkata on May 31, 2012.
He arrived at a gentle bend in the river, the glassy smooth surface cloaking a deceptively strong current as it wound through the backcountry of east Tennessee.
Romney's foreign trip not smooth.
New SUV smoothly blends traditional luxury with high technology .
Sequim's Wolves are headed to the playoffs, but their road to a repeat appearance at state isn't a smooth one.
Senator Bundgaard practices some smooth moves with his dance partner.

In science:

There is also [12, Def. 2.25] a definition of strongly smooth maps f : X → Y for X, Y Kuranishi spaces, which we will not give. A strong diffeomorphism f : X → Y is a strongly smooth map with a strongly smooth inverse.
Kuranishi homology and Kuranishi cohomology: a User's Guide
In this article, we are interested in the smooth analogue of N U N where we integrate a smooth test function rather than the characteristic function of a smooth domain over the zero set.
Number variance of random zeros on complex manifolds, II: smooth statistics
Given a smooth vector bundle π : E → M over M , we will denote by Γ(E ) the space of all smooth sections of E ; given a smooth map between manifolds f : N → M , then f ∗ (E ) will denote the pull-back bundle over N .
Genericity of nondegenerate critical points and Morse geodesic functionals
Let π : E → M be a smooth vector bundle endowed with a connection ∇, let γ : [a, b] → M be a smooth immersion and let V ∈ Γ(cid:0)γ ∗ (T M )(cid:1) be a smooth vector field along γ such that Vt0 is not parallel to ˙γ (t0 ) for some t0 ∈ ]a, b[.
Genericity of nondegenerate critical points and Morse geodesic functionals
Definition 1 A principal fiber bund le with smooth structural group G is a smooth manifold P on which G acts G × P → P and for which the action of G is smooth and free.
Gauge Theory in Riem(M)