Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Smother transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Smothered
; present participle & verbal noun Smothering
.] [ Middle English smotheren
; akin to English smoor
. See Smoor
.] 1. To destroy the life of by suffocation; to deprive of the air necessary for life; to cover up closely so as to prevent breathing; to suffocate; as, to smother a child. 2. To affect as by suffocation; to stife; to deprive of air by a thick covering, as of ashes, of smoke, or the like; as, to smother a fire. 3. Hence, to repress the action of; to cover from public view; to suppress; to conceal; as, to smother one's displeasure.
Smother intransitive verb
1. To be suffocated or stifled. 2. To burn slowly, without sufficient air; to smolder.
[ Middle English smorther
. See Smother
, transitive verb
] 1. Stifling smoke; thick dust. Shak. 2. A state of suppression.
Not to keep their suspicions in smother . Bacon. Smother fly (Zoology)
, an aphid.
Smother noun That which smothers or causes a sensation of smothering, as smoke, fog, the foam of the sea, a confused multitude of things.
Then they vanished, swallowed up in the grayness of the evening and the smoke and smother of the storm. The Century.
Smothered mate (Chess) Checkmate given when movement of the king is completely obstructed by his own men.
Smotheriness noun The quality or state of being smothery.
Smotheringly adverb In a smothering manner.
Smothery adjective Tending to smother; stifling.
Smouch transitive verb [ Akin to smack .] To kiss closely. [ Obsolete] P. Stubbes.
Smouch transitive verb
[ See Smutch
.] To smutch; to soil; as, to smouch the face.
Smouch noun A dark soil or stain; a smutch.
Smoulder intransitive verb See Smolder .
Smudge noun [ Confer Danish smuds smut, English smutch , or smoke .]
1. A suffocating smoke. Grose. 2. A heap of damp combustibles partially ignited and burning slowly, placed on the windward side of a house, tent, or the like, in order, by the thick smoke, to keep off mosquitoes or other insects. [ U. S.] Bartlett. 3. That which is smeared upon anything; a stain; a blot; a smutch; a smear.
Smudge transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Smudged
; present participle & verbal noun Smudging
.] 1. To stifle or smother with smoke; to smoke by means of a smudge. 2. To smear; to smutch; to soil; to blacken with smoke.
Smudginess noun The quality or state of being smudged, soiled, or blurred. C. A. Young.
[ Of. Scand. or Low German origin; confer LG. smuck
, German schmuck
, Danish smuk
, OSw. smuck
, and English smock
; confer German schmuck
ornament. See Smock
.] Studiously neat or nice, especially in dress; spruce; affectedly precise; smooth and prim.
They be so smug and smooth. Robynson (More's Utopia).
The smug and scanty draperies of his style. De Quincey.
A young, smug , handsome holiness has no fellow. Beau. & Fl.
Smug transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Smugged
; present participle & verbal noun Smugging
.] To make smug, or spruce.
Thus said, he smugged his beard, and stroked up fair. Dryton.
Smuggle transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Smuggled
; present participle & verbal noun Smuggling
.] [ Of Low German or Scand. origin; confer LG. smuggeln
, Dutch smokkelen
, German schmuggeln
, Danish smugle
, Swedish smyga
to introduce or convey secretly, Danish i smug
secretly, Dutch smuigen
to eat in secret, Anglo-Saxon sm...gan
to creep. See Smock
.] 1. To import or export secretly, contrary to the law; to import or export without paying the duties imposed by law; as, to smuggle lace. 2. Fig.: To convey or introduce clandestinely.
Smuggle intransitive verb To import or export in violation of the customs laws.
1. One who smuggles. 2. A vessel employed in smuggling.
Smugly adverb In a smug manner. [ R.] Gay.
Smugness noun The quality or state of being smug.
[ Akin to Swedish smuts
, Danish smuds
, Middle High German smuz
, German schmutz
, Dutch smet
a spot or stain, smoddig
, dirty, smodderen
to smut; and probably to English smite
. See Smite
, transitive verb
, and confer Smitt
.] 1. Foul matter, like soot or coal dust; also, a spot or soil made by such matter. 2. (Mining) Bad, soft coal, containing much earthy matter, found in the immediate locality of faults. 3. (Botany) An affection of cereal grains producing a swelling which is at length resolved into a powdery sooty mass. It is caused by parasitic fungi of the genus Ustilago . Ustilago segetum , or U. Carbo , is the commonest kind; that of Indian corn is Ustilago maydis . 4. Obscene language; ribaldry; obscenity.
He does not stand upon decency . . . but will talk smut , though a priest and his mother be in the room . Addison. Smut mill
, a machine for cleansing grain from smut.
Smut transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Smutted
; present participle & verbal noun Smutting
.] 1. To stain or mark with smut; to blacken with coal, soot, or other dirty substance. 2. To taint with mildew, as grain. Bacon. 3. To blacken; to sully or taint; to tarnish. 4. To clear of smut; as, to smut grain for the mill.
Smut intransitive verb
1. To gather smut; to be converted into smut; to become smutted. Mortimer. 2. To give off smut; to crock.
[ Prob. for smuts
. See Smut
] A stain; a dirty spot. B. Jonson.
Smutch transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Smutched
; present participle & verbal noun Smutching
.] To blacken with smoke, soot, or coal.
[ Written also smooch
.] B. Jonson.
Smutchin noun Snuff. [ Obsolete] Howell.
[ Compar. Smuttier
; superl. Smuttiest
.] 1. Soiled with smut; smutted. 2. Tainted with mildew; as, smutty corn. 3. Obscene; not modest or pure; as, a smutty saying.
The smutty joke, ridiculously lewd. Smollett.
-- Smut"ti*ly adverb
Smyrniot adjective Of or pertaining to Smyrna. -- noun A native or inhabitant of Smyrna.
[ See Snatch
, transitive verb
] 1. A share; a part or portion; -- obsolete, except in the colloquial phrase, to go snacks , i. e., to share.
At last he whispers, "Do, and we go snacks ." Pope. 2. A slight, hasty repast.
Snacket noun See Snecket .
[ Prov. Eng.]
[ Said to be corrupted from New Latin syngnathus
, from Greek sy`n
together + gna`qos
jaw, because the jaws can be only slightly separated.] (Zoology) A pipefish of the genus Syngnathus . See Pipefish .
[ Dutch snavel
a beak, bill, snout; akin to German schnabel
, Old High German snabul
, OFries. snavel
mouth, Dan. & Swedish snabel
beak, bill, Lithuanian snapas
, and to English snap
, v. See Snap
, and confer Neb
.] A kind of bridle bit, having a joint in the part to be placed in the mouth, and rings and cheek pieces at the ends, but having no curb; -- called also snaffle bit .
Snaffle transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Snaffled
; present participle & verbal noun Snaffling
.] To put a snaffle in the mouth of; to subject to the snaffle; to bridle.
[ Prov. E., noun , a lump on a tree where a branch has been cut off; v., to cut off the twigs and small branches from a tree, of Celtic origin; confer Gael. snaigh
, to cut down, to prune, to sharpen, past participle snaighte
, cut off, lopped, Ir. snaigh
a hewing, cutting.] 1. A stump or base of a branch that has been lopped off; a short branch, or a sharp or rough branch; a knot; a protuberance.
The coat of arms Dryden. 2. A tooth projecting beyond the rest; contemptuously, a broken or decayed tooth. Prior. 3. A tree, or a branch of a tree, fixed in the bottom of a river or other navigable water, and rising nearly or quite to the surface, by which boats are sometimes pierced and sunk. 4. (Zoology) One of the secondary branches of an antler. Snag boat
Now on a naked snag in triumph borne.
, a steamboat fitted with apparatus for removing snags and other obstructions in navigable streams.
[ U.S.] -- Snag tooth
. Same as Snag , 2.
How thy snag teeth stand orderly, J. Cotgrave.
Like stakes which strut by the water side.
Snag transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Snagged
; present participle & verbal noun Snagging
.] 1. To cut the snags or branches from, as the stem of a tree; to hew roughly.
[ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell. 2. To injure or destroy, as a steamboat or other vessel, by a snag, or projecting part of a sunken tree.
[ U. S.]
Snagged adjective Full of snags; snaggy.
1. Full of snags; full of short, rough branches or sharp points; abounding with knots. "Upon a snaggy oak." Spenser. 2. Snappish; cross; ill-tempered. [ Prov. Eng.]
[ Middle English snaile
, Anglo-Saxon snægel
; akin to German schnecke
, Old High German snecko
, Danish snegl
, Icelandic snigill
.] 1. (Zoology) (a) Any one of numerous species of terrestrial air-breathing gastropods belonging to the genus Helix and many allied genera of the family Helicidæ . They are abundant in nearly all parts of the world except the arctic regions, and feed almost entirely on vegetation; a land snail. (b) Any gastropod having a general resemblance to the true snails, including fresh-water and marine species. See Pond snail , under Pond , and Sea snail . 2. Hence, a drone; a slow-moving person or thing. 3. (Mech.) A spiral cam, or a flat piece of metal of spirally curved outline, used for giving motion to, or changing the position of, another part, as the hammer tail of a striking clock. 4. A tortoise; in ancient warfare, a movable roof or shed to protect besiegers; a testudo.
They had also all manner of gynes [ engines] . . . that needful is [ in] taking or sieging of castle or of city, as snails , that was naught else but hollow pavises and targets, under the which men, when they fought, were heled [ protected], . . . as the snail is in his house; therefore they cleped them snails . Vegetius (Trans.). 5. (Botany) The pod of the sanil clover. Ear snail
, Edible snail
, Pond snail
, etc. See under Ear , Edible , etc.
-- Snail borer (Zoology)
, a boring univalve mollusk; a drill.
-- Snail clover (Botany)
, a cloverlike plant ( Medicago scuttellata , also, M. Helix ); -- so named from its pods, which resemble the shells of snails; -- called also snail trefoil , snail medic , and beehive .
-- Snail flower (Botany)
, a leguminous plant ( Phaseolus Caracalla ) having the keel of the carolla spirally coiled like a snail shell.
-- Snail shell (Zoology)
, the shell of snail.
-- Snail trefoil
. (Botany) See Snail clover , above.
Snail-like adjective Like or suiting a snail; as, snail-like progress.
Snail-like adverb In the manner of a snail; slowly.
Snail-paced adjective Slow-moving, like a snail.
Bid the snail-paced Ajax arm for shame. Shak.
Snails interj. God's nails, or His nails, that is, the nails with which the Savior was fastened to the cross; -- an ancient form of oath, corresponding to ' Od's bodikins (dim. of body , i.e., God's dear body). Beau. & Fl.
[ Anglo-Saxon snaca
; akin to LG. snake
, Icelandic snākr
, Danish snog
, Swedish snok
; of uncertain origin.] (Zoology) Any species of the order Ophidia; an ophidian; a serpent, whether harmless or venomous. See Ophidia , and Serpent .
» Snakes are abundant in all warm countries, and much the larger number are harmless to man. Blind snake
, Garter snake
, Green snake
, King snake
, Milk snake
, Rock snake
, Water snake
, etc. See under Blind , Garter , etc.
-- Fetich snake (Zoology)
, a large African snake ( Python Sebæ ) used by the natives as a fetich.
-- Ringed snake (Zoology)
, a common European columbrine snake ( Tropidonotus natrix ).
-- Snake eater
. (Zoology) (a) The markhoor
. (b) The secretary bird.
-- Snake fence
, a worm fence (which see).
[ U.S.] -- Snake fly (Zoology)
, any one of several species of neuropterous insects of the genus Rhaphidia ; -- so called because of their large head and elongated neck and prothorax.
-- Snake gourd (Botany)
, a cucurbitaceous plant ( Trichosanthes anguina ) having the fruit shorter and less snakelike than that of the serpent cucumber.
-- Snake killer
. (Zoology) (a) The secretary bird
. (b) The chaparral cock.
-- Snake moss (Botany)
, the common club moss ( Lycopodium clavatum ). See Lycopodium .
-- Snake nut (Botany)
, the fruit of a sapindaceous tree ( Ophiocaryon paradoxum ) of Guiana, the embryo of which resembles a snake coiled up.
-- Tree snake (Zoology)
, any one of numerous species of colubrine snakes which habitually live in trees, especially those of the genus Dendrophis and allied genera.
Snake transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Snaked
; present participle & verbal noun Snaking
.] 1. To drag or draw, as a snake from a hole; -- often with out .
[ Colloq. U.S.] Bartlett. 2. (Nautical) To wind round spirally, as a large rope with a smaller, or with cord, the small rope lying in the spaces between the strands of the large one; to worm.
Snake intransitive verb To crawl like a snake.
Snakebird noun [ So named from its snakelike neck.] (Zoology)
1. Any one of four species of aquatic birds of the genus Anhinga or Plotus . They are allied to the gannets and cormorants, but have very long, slender, flexible necks, and sharp bills. » The American species ( Anhinga, or Plotus, anhinga ) inhabits the Southern United States and tropical America; -- called also darter , and water turkey . The Asiatic species ( A. melanogaster ) is native of Southern Asia and the East Indies. Two other species inhabit Africa and Australia respectively. 2. (Zoology) The wryneck.
Snakefish noun (Zoology) (a) The band fish. (b) The lizard fish.
Snakehead noun 1. A loose, bent-up end of one of the strap rails, or flat rails, formerly used on American railroads. It was sometimes so bent by the passage of a train as to slip over a wheel and pierce the bottom of a car. 2. (Botany) (a) The turtlehead. (b) The Guinea-hen flower. See Snake's-head , and under Guinea .
Snakeneck noun (Zoology) The snakebird, 1.