• Something that is smooth, or that goes smoothly and easily.
  • A smoothing action.
  • A domestic animal having a smooth coat.
  • A member of an anti-hippie fashion movement in 1970s Britain.
  • The analysis obtained through a smoothing procedure.


  • To make smooth or even.
  • To reduce to a particular shape or form by pressure; to press, to flatten.
  • To make straightforward or easy.
  • To calm or palliate.
  • To capture important patterns in the data, while leaving out noise.
  • To stroke; especially to stroke an animal's fur.


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  • From Middle English smoothe, smothe, smethe, from Old English smōþ and Old English smēþe, both from Proto-Germanic *smanþaz, *smanþiz, of unknown origin. Cognate with Scots smuith, Low German smood and smödig, Dutch smeuïg (from earlier smeudig).

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