Smartness Smart"ness noun The quality or state of being smart.
Smartweed Smart"weed` noun (Botany) An acrid plant of the genus Polygonum ( P. Hydropiper ), which produces smarting if applied where the skin is tender.
(smăsh) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Smashed
(smăsht); present participle & verbal noun Smashing
.] [ Confer Swedish smisk
a blow, stroke, smiska
to strike, dial. Swedish smaske
to kiss with a noise, and English smack
a loud kiss, a slap.] To break in pieces by violence; to dash to pieces; to crush.
Here everything is broken and smashed to pieces. Burke.
Smash Smash intransitive verb To break up, or to pieces suddenly, as the result of collision or pressure.
Smash Smash noun 1. A breaking or dashing to pieces; utter destruction; wreck. 2. Hence, bankruptcy. [ Colloq.]
Smash Smash transitive verb (Lawn Tennis) To hit (the ball) from above the level of the net with a very hard overhand stroke.
Smasher Smash"er (-ẽr) noun 1. One who, or that which, smashes or breaks things to pieces. 2. Anything very large or extraordinary. [ Slang] 3. One who passes counterfeit coin. [ Cant, Eng.]
Smatch Smatch noun
[ Middle English smach
. See Smack
taste.] Taste; tincture; smack.
Thy life hath had some smatch of honor in it. Shak.
Smatch Smatch intransitive verb To smack. [ Obsolete] Banister (1578).
Smatter Smat"ter intransitive verb
[ Middle English smateren
to make a noise; confer Swedish smattra
to clatter, to crackle, German schmettern
to dash, crash, to warble, quaver.] 1. To talk superficially or ignorantly; to babble; to chatter.
Of state affairs you can not smatter . Swift. 2. To have a slight taste, or a slight, superficial knowledge, of anything; to smack.
Smatter Smat"ter transitive verb 1. To talk superficially about. 2. To gain a slight taste of; to acquire a slight, superficial knowledge of; to smack. Chaucer.
Smatter Smat"ter noun Superficial knowledge; a smattering.
Smatterer Smat"ter·er noun One who has only a slight, superficial knowledge; a sciolist.
Smattering Smat"ter·ing noun A slight, superficial knowledge of something; sciolism.
I had a great desire, not able to attain to a superficial skill in any, to have some smattering in all. Burton.
Smear Smear (smēr) transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Smeared (smērd); present participle & verbal noun Smearing .] [ Middle English smeren , smerien , Anglo-Saxon smierwan , smyrwan , from smeoru fat, grease; akin to Dutch smeren , Old High German smirwen , German schmieren , Icelandic smyrja to anoint. See Smear , noun ] 1. To overspread with anything unctuous, viscous, or adhesive; to daub; as, to smear anything with oil. " Smear the sleepy grooms with blood." Shak. 2. To soil in any way; to contaminate; to pollute; to stain morally; as, to be smeared with infamy. Shak.
Smear Smear noun
[ Middle English smere
fat, grease; akin to Dutch smeer
, German schmeer
, Old High German smero
, Icelandic smjör
, Swedish & Danish smör
butter, Goth. smaírþr
dung; confer Lithuanian smarsas
fat. Confer Smirch
.] 1. A fat, oily substance; oinment. Johnson. 2. 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, Alexander Smith.
All damp and rolling vapor, with no sun,
But in its place a moving smear of light.
Smear dab Smear" dab" (Zoology) The sand fluke (b) . [ Prov. Eng.]
Smearcase Smear"case` noun [ German schmierkäse ; schmier grease (or schmieren to smear) + käse cheese.] Cottage cheese. [ Local, U. S.]
Smeared Smeared adjective (Zoology) Having the color mark ings ill defined, as if rubbed; as, the smeared dagger moth ( Apatela oblinita ).
Smeary Smear"y adjective Tending to smear or soil; adhesive; viscous. Rowe.
Smeath Smeath noun (Zoology) The smew. [ Prov. Eng.]
Smectite Smec"tite noun [ German smectit , from Greek ............... a kind of fuller's earth, from ............... to wipe off.] (Min.) A hydrous silicate of alumina, of a greenish color, which, in certain states of humidity, appears transparent and almost gelatinous.
Smee Smee noun [ Confer Smew .] (Zoology) (a) The pintail duck. (b) The widgeon. (c) The poachard. (d) The smew. [ Prov. Eng.]
Smeeth Smeeth transitive verb [ Etymol. uncertain.] To smoke; to blacken with smoke; to rub with soot. [ Obsolete]
Smeeth Smeeth transitive verb [ Middle English sme...en , Anglo-Saxon sm......ian . See Smooth .] To smooth. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
Smegma Smeg"ma noun [ New Latin , from Greek ............ soap, from ............... to wash off.] (Physiol.) The matter secreted by any of the sebaceous glands. Specifically: (a) The soapy substance covering the skin of newborn infants. (b) The cheesy, sebaceous matter which collects between the glans penis and the foreskin.
Smegmatic Smeg·mat"ic adjective Being of the nature of soap; soapy; cleansing; detersive.
Smeir Smeir noun A salt glaze on pottery, made by adding common salt to an earthenware glaze.
Smell Smell transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Smelled
; present participle & verbal noun Smelling
.] [ Middle English smellen
; confer LG. smellen
, to smoke, to reek, Dutch smeulen
to smolder, and English smolder
. Confer Smell
] 1. To perceive by the olfactory nerves, or organs of smell; to have a sensation of, excited through the nasal organs when affected by the appropriate materials or qualities; to obtain the scent of; as, to smell a rose; to smell perfumes. 2. To detect or perceive, as if by the sense of smell; to scent out; -- often with out .
a device." Shak.
Can you smell him out by that? Shak. 3. To give heed to.
From that time forward I began to smell the Word of God, and forsook the school doctors. Latimer. To smell a rat
, to have a sense of something wrong, not clearly evident; to have reason for suspicion.
[ Colloq.] -- To smell out
, to find out by sagacity.
Smell Smell intransitive verb 1. To affect the olfactory nerves; to have an odor or scent; -- often followed by of ; as, to smell of smoke, or of musk. 2. To have a particular tincture or smack of any quality; to savor; as, a report smells of calumny.
Praises in an enemy are superfluous, or smell of craft. Milton. 3. To exercise the sense of smell. Ex. xxx. 38. 4. To exercise sagacity. Shak.
Smell Smell noun
[ Middle English smel
. See Smell
, transitive verb
] (Physiol.) 1. The sense or faculty by which certain qualities of bodies are perceived through the instrumentally of the olfactory nerves. See Sense . 2. The quality of any thing or substance, or emanation therefrom, which affects the olfactory organs; odor; scent; fragrance; perfume; as, the smell of mint.
Breathing the smell of field and grove. Milton.
That which, above all others, yields the sweetest smell in the air, is the violent. Bacon. Syn.
-- Scent; odor; perfume; fragrance.
Smell-feast Smell"-feast` noun 1. One who is apt to find and frequent good tables; a parasite; a sponger.
The epicure and the smell-feast . South. 2. A feast at which the guests are supposed to feed upon the odors only of the viands.
Smell-less Smell"-less adjective Destitute of smell; having no odor.
Daisies smell-less , yet most quaint. Beau. & Fl.
Smeller Smell"er noun 1. One who smells, or perceives by the sense of smell; one who gives out smell. 2. The nose. [ Pugilists' Slang]
Smelling Smell"ing noun 1. The act of one who smells. 2. The sense by which odors are perceived; the sense of smell. Locke. Smelling bottle , a small bottle filled with something suited to stimulate the sense of smell, or to remove faintness, as spirits of ammonia.
Smelling salts Smell"ing salts An aromatic preparation of carbonate of ammonia and, often, some scent, to avoid or relieve faintness, headache, or the like.
Smelt Smelt imperfect & past participle of Smell .
Smelt Smelt noun [ Anglo-Saxon smelt , smylt ; akin to Danish smelt .] 1. (Zoology) Any one of numerous species of small silvery salmonoid fishes of the genus Osmerus and allied genera, which ascend rivers to spawn, and sometimes become landlocked in lakes. They are esteemed as food, and have a peculiar odor and taste. » The most important species are the European smelt ( Osmerus eperlans ) (called also eperlan , sparling , and spirling ), the Eastern American smelt ( O. mordax ), the California smelt ( O. thalichthys ), and the surf smelt ( Hypomesus olidus ). The name is loosely applied to various other small fishes, as the lant, the California tomcod, the spawn eater, the silverside. 2. Fig.: A gull; a simpleton. [ Obsolete] Beau. & Fl. Sand smelt (Zoology) , the silverside.
Smelt Smelt transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Smelted ; present participle & verbal noun Smelting .] [ Of foreign origin; confer Swedish smälta , Dutch smelten , Danish smelte , Icelandic smelta , German schmelzen Old High German smelzan , smelzen ; probably akin to Greek ................ Confer Enamel , Melt , Mute , intransitive verb , Smalt .] (Metal.) To melt or fuse, as, ore, for the purpose of separating and refining the metal; hence, to reduce; to refine; to flux or scorify; as, to smelt tin.
Smelter Smelt"er noun One who, or that which, smelts.
Smeltery Smelt"er·y noun A house or place for smelting.
Smeltie Smelt"ie noun A fish, the bib. [ Prov. Eng.]
Smelting Smelt"ing adjective & noun from Smelt . Smelting furnace (Metal.) , a furnace in which ores are smelted or reduced.
Smerk Smerk noun & v. See Smirk .
Smerk, Smerky Smerk, Smerk"y adjective Smart; jaunty; spruce. See Smirk , adjective
So smerk , so smooth, his pricked ears. Spenser.
Smerlin Smer"lin noun (Zoology) A small loach.
Smew Smew noun [ Perhaps for ice- mew .] (Zoology) (a) small European merganser ( Mergus albellus ) which has a white crest; -- called also smee , smee duck , white merganser , and white nun . (b) The hooded merganser. [ Local, U.S.]
Smicker Smick"er intransitive verb [ Akin to Swedish smickra to flatter, Danish smigre , and perhaps to German schmeicheln , and English smile . Confer Smicker , adjective ] To look amorously or wantonly; to smirk.
Smicker Smick"er adjective [ Anglo-Saxon smicere tasteful, trim. See Smicker , v. ] Amorous; wanton; gay; spruce. [ Obsolete]
Smickering Smick"er·ing noun Amorous glance or inclination. [ Obsolete] "A smickering to our young lady." Dryden.
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