Dictionary: SMOKE – SMOOTH'ER

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SMOKE, n. [Sax. smoca, smec, smic; G. schmauch; D. smook; W. ysmwg, from mwg, smoke; Ir. much; allied to muggy, and I think it allied to the Gr. σμυχω, to consume slowly, to waste.]

  1. The exhalation, visible vapor or substance that escapes or is expelled in combustion from the substance burning. It is particularly applied to the volatile matter expelled from vegetable matter, or wood coal, peat, &c. The matter expelled from metallic substances is more generally called fume, fumes.
  2. Vapor; watery exhalations.

SMOKE, v.i. [Sax. smocian, smecan, smican; Dan. smöger; D. smooken; G. schmauchen.]

  1. To emit smoke; to throw off volatile matter in the form of vapor or exhalation. Wood and other fuel smokes when burning; and smokes most when there is the least flame.
  2. To burn; to be kindled; to rage; in Scripture. The anger of the Lord and his jealousy shall smoke against that man. – Deut. xxix.
  3. To raise a dust or smoke by rapid motion. Proud of his steeds, he smokes along the field. – Dryden.
  4. To smell or hunt out; to suspect. I began to smoke that they were a parcel of mummers. [Little used.] – Addison.
  5. To use tobacco in a pipe or cigar, by kindling the tobacco, drawing the smoke into the mouth and puffing it out.
  6. To suffer; to be punished. Some of you shall smoke for it in Rome. – Shak.

SMOKE, v.t.

  1. To apply smoke to; to hang in smoke; to scent, medicate or dry by smoke; as, to smoke infected clothing; to smoke beef or hams for preservation.
  2. To smell out; to find out. He was first smoked by the old lord Lafeer. [Now little used.] – Shak.
  3. To sneer at; to ridicule to the face. – Congreve.


A cloud of smoke. – Hemans.


Consuming smoke.

SMOK-ED, pp.

Cured, cleansed or dried in smoke.


Dried in smoke. – Irving.


To dry by smoke. – Mortimer.


An engine for turning a spit by means of a fly or wheel turned by the current of ascending air in a chimney.


Having no smoke; as, smokeless towers. – Pope.


  1. One that dries by smoke.
  2. One that uses tobacco by burning it in a pipe or in the form of a cigar.


A small sail hoisted before the funnel of the galley, when a ship is at anchor head to the wind, to screen the quarter deck from smoke. – Brande.

SMOK-I-LY, adv.

So as to be full of smoke.


  1. The act of emitting smoke.
  2. The act of applying smoke to.
  3. The act or practice of using tobacco by burning it in a pipe or cigar.

SMOK-ING, ppr.

  1. Emitting smoke, as fuel, &c.
  2. Applying smoke for cleansing, drying, &c.
  3. Using tobacco in a pipe or cigar.

SMOK-Y, a.

  1. Emitting smoke; fumid; as, smoky fires. – Dryden.
  2. Having the appearance or nature of smoke; as, a smoky fog. – Harvey.
  3. Filled with smoke, or with a vapor resembling it; thick. New England in autumn frequently has a smoky atmosphere.
  4. Subject to be filled with smoke from the chimneys or fireplaces; as, a smoky house.
  5. Tarnished with smoke; noisome with smoke; as, smoky rafters; smoky cells. – Milton. Denham.


The more correct orthography of Smouldering, – which see.

SMOOR, or SMORE, v.t. [Sax. smoran.]

To suffocate or smother. [Not in use.] – More.

SMOOTH, a. [Sax. smethe, smoeth; W. esmwyth, from mywth; allied to L. mitis, Ir. myth, maoth, soft, tender.]

  1. Having an even surface, or a surface so even that no roughness or points are perceptible to the touch; not rough; as, smooth glass; smooth porcelain. The outlines must be smooth, imperceptible to the touch. – Dryden.
  2. Evenly spread; glossy; as, a smooth haired horse. – Pope.
  3. Gently flowing; moving equably; not ruffled or undulating; as, a smooth stream; smooth Adonis. – Milton.
  4. That is uttered without stops, obstruction or hesitation; voluble; even; not harsh; as, smooth verse; smooth eloquence. When sage Minerva rose, / From her sweet lips smooth elocution flows. – Gay.
  5. Bland; mild; soothing; flattering. This smooth discourse and mild behavior oft / Conceal a traitor. – Addison.
  6. In botany, glabrous; having a slippery surface void of roughness.


That which is smooth; the smooth part of any thing; as, the smooth of the neck. – Gen. xxvii.

SMOOTH, v.t. [Sax. smethian.]

  1. 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. And smooth'd the ruffled sea. – Dryden.
  2. To free from obstruction; to make easy. Thou, Abelard, the last sad office pay, / And smooth my passage to the realms of day. – Pope.
  3. To free from harshness; to make flowing. In their motions harmony divine / So smooths her charming tones. – Milton.
  4. To palliate; to soften; as, to smooth a fault. – Shak.
  5. To calm; to mollify; to allay. Each perturbation smooth'd with outward calm. – Milton.
  6. To ease. The difficulty smoothed. – Dryden.
  7. To flatter; to soften with blandishments. Because I can not flutter and look fair. Smile in men's faces, smooth, deceive, and coy. – Shak.




Made smooth.

SMOOTH'EN, v. [or a.]

for Smooth, is used by mechanics; though not, I believe, in the United States.

SMOOTH'ER, a. [Comp. of Smooth.]