Definition for SMITH

SMITH, n. [Sax. smith; Dan. and Sw. smed; D. smit; G. schmied; from smiting.]

  1. Literally, the striker, the beater; hence, one who forges with the hammer; one who works in metals; as, an iron-smith; gold-smith; silver-smith, &c. Nor yet the smith hath learn'd to form a sword. – Tate.
  2. He that makes or effects any thing. – Dryden. Hence the name Smith, which from the number of workmen employed in working metals in early ages, is supposed to be more common than any other.

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