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Glossy

Having a smooth, shiny, lustrous surface
Glossy satin.
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Smooth

Having a surface free from irregularities, roughness, or projections; even.
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Glossy

Superficially and often speciously attractive; showy
Glossy trendsetters.
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Smooth

Free from waves or disturbances; calm
The lake is smooth today.
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Glossy

A photographic print on smooth, shiny paper.
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Smooth

Free from hair, whiskers, or stubble
Felt his smooth cheek after the close shave.
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Glossy

Chiefly British A popular magazine printed on smooth-coated stock.
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Smooth

Having a short dense flat coat. Used of dogs.
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Glossy

Having a smooth, silk-like, reflective (shiny) surface.
Glossy hair
Glossy magazine
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Smooth

Having a fine texture
A smooth fabric.
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Glossy

A glossy magazine.
The supermarket glossies are full of celebrity gossip and fad diets.
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Smooth

Having an even consistency
A smooth pudding.
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Glossy

(informal) A glossy photograph.
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Smooth

Having an even or gentle motion or movement
A smooth ride.
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Glossy

A film depicting people with glamorous lifestyles.
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Smooth

Having no obstructions or difficulties
A smooth operation.
A smooth trip.
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Glossy

Smooth and shining; reflecting luster from a smooth surface; highly polished; lustrous; as, glossy silk; a glossy surface.
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Smooth

Easy-going; serene
A smooth temperament.
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Glossy

Smooth; specious; plausible; as, glossy deceit.
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Smooth

Not sharp or bitter in taste
A smooth wine.
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Glossy

Having a smooth, gleaming surface;
Glossy auburn hair
Satiny gardenia petals
Sleek black fur
Silken eyelashes
Silky skin
A silklike fabric
Slick seals and otters
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Smooth

Delicately pleasing to the ear; not harsh or grating
A smooth voice.
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Glossy

(of paper and fabric and leather) having a surface made smooth and glossy especially by pressing between rollers;
Calendered paper
A dress of glossy sateen
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Smooth

Ingratiatingly polite and agreeable
Known for his smooth remarks.
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Glossy

Reflecting light;
Glistening bodies of swimmers
The horse's glossy coat
Lustrous auburn hair
Saw the moon like a shiny dime on a deep blue velvet carpet
Shining white enamel
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Smooth

To make (something) even, level, or unwrinkled
Smoothed the fabric with an iron.
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Smooth

To rid of obstructions, hindrances, or difficulties
A real estate agent who smoothed the process of applying for a mortgage.
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Smooth

To soothe or tranquilize; make calm
The president tried to smooth over the hurt feelings of the disputing factions.
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Smooth

To cause to appear less harsh or severe than is the case
Don't try to smooth over their faults.
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Smooth

To become smooth.
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Smooth

The act of smoothing.
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Smooth

A smooth surface or part.
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Smooth

Having a texture that lacks friction. Not rough.
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Smooth

Without difficulty, problems, or unexpected consequences or incidents.
We hope for a smooth transition to the new system.
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Smooth

Bland; glib.
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Smooth

Flowing or uttered without check, obstruction, or hesitation; not harsh; fluent.
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Smooth

Suave; sophisticated.
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Smooth

(of an action) Natural; unconstrained.
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Smooth

(of a motion) Unbroken.
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Smooth

Placid, calm.
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Smooth

(of an edge) Lacking projections or indentations; not serrated.
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Smooth

(of food or drink) Not grainy; having an even texture.
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Smooth

(of a beverage) Having a pleasantly rounded flavor; neither rough nor astringent.
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Smooth

Having derivatives of all finite orders at all points within the function’s domain.
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Smooth

That factors completely into small prime numbers.
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Smooth

Lacking marked aspiration.
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Smooth

Involuntary and non-striated.
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Smooth

Smoothly.
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Smooth

Something that is smooth, or that goes smoothly and easily.
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Smooth

A smoothing action.
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Smooth

A domestic animal having a smooth coat.
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Smooth

A member of an anti-hippie fashion movement in 1970s Britain.
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Smooth

(statistics) The analysis obtained through a smoothing procedure.
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Smooth

(transitive) To make smooth or even.
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Smooth

(transitive) To reduce to a particular shape or form by pressure; to press, to flatten.
To smooth cloth with a smoothing iron
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Smooth

(transitive) To make straightforward or easy.
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Smooth

(transitive) To calm or palliate.
To smooth a person's temper
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Smooth

To capture important patterns in the data, while leaving out noise.
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Smooth

(West Country) To stroke; especially to stroke an animal's fur.
Can I smooth your cat?
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Smooth

Having an even surface, or a surface so even that no roughness or points can be perceived by the touch; not rough; as, smooth glass; smooth porcelain.
The outlines must be smooth, imperceptible to the touch, and even, without eminence or cavities.
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Smooth

Evenly spread or arranged; sleek; as, smooth hair.
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Smooth

Gently flowing; moving equably; not ruffled or obstructed; as, a smooth stream.
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Smooth

Flowing or uttered without check, obstruction, or hesitation; not harsh; voluble; even; fluent.
The only smooth poet of those times.
Waller was smooth; but Dryden taught to joinThe varying verse, the full-resounding line.
When sage Minerva rose,From her sweet lips smooth elocution flows.
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Smooth

Bland; mild; smoothing; fattering.
This smooth discourse and mild behavior oftConceal a traitor.
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Smooth

Causing no resistance to a body sliding along its surface; frictionless.
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Smooth

Smoothly.
Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep.
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Smooth

The act of making smooth; a stroke which smooths.
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Smooth

That which is smooth; the smooth part of anything.
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Smooth

To make smooth; to make even on the surface by any means; as, to smooth a board with a plane; to smooth cloth with an iron.
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Smooth

To free from obstruction; to make easy.
Thou, Abelard! the last sad office pay,And smooth my passage to the realms of day.
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Smooth

To free from harshness; to make flowing.
In their motions harmony divineSo smooths her charming tones that God's own earListens delighted.
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Smooth

To palliate; to gloze; as, to smooth over a fault.
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Smooth

To give a smooth or calm appearance to.
Each perturbation smoothed with outward calm.
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Smooth

To ease; to regulate.
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Smooth

To flatter; to use blandishment.
Because I can not flatter and speak fair,Smile in men's faces, smooth, deceive and cog.
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Smooth

The act of smoothing;
He gave his hair a quick smooth
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Smooth

Make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing;
Smooth the surface of the wood
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Smooth

(of surfaces) make shine;
Shine the silver, please
Polish my shoes
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Smooth

Free from obstructions;
Smooth the way towards peace negociations
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Smooth

Having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities;
Smooth skin
A smooth tabletop
Smooth fabric
A smooth road
Water as smooth as a mirror
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Smooth

Smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication;
He was too politic to quarrel with so important a personage
The hostess averted a confrontation between two guests with a diplomatic change of subject
The manager pacified the customer with a smooth apology for the error
Affable, suave, moderate men...smugly convinced of their respectability
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Smooth

Of the margin of a leaf shape; not broken up into teeth
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Smooth

Not marked with wrinkles;
Unwrinkled cheeks
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Smooth

Smooth and unconstrained in movement;
A long, smooth stride
The fluid motion of a cat
The liquid grace of a ballerina
Liquid prose
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Smooth

Without breaks between notes; smooth and connected;
A legato passage
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Smooth

Without chinks or crannies
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Smooth

Lacking obstructions or difficulties;
The bill's path through the legislature was smooth and orderly
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