Mace threw himself onto the stretcher, and Carter and Larson started moving, trying to achieve a balance of speed and smoothness.
Everything proceeded with a smoothness and precision born of training drills.
There are still some remnants of Ciceronian smoothness, but these are evidently survivals.
Cody's planes are noted for their neatness, rigidity and smoothness.
When a mistake occurred, the smoothness would be interrupted as though a small knot was passing out through the forehead.
They praised his eyes' alertness, the smoothness of his muscles.
Her skin was of the hue and smoothness of crudded cream, where not sunburnt to the brown of the wallflower.
smoothness, color and thickness are other attributes of the bark to be noted.
The heat and smoothness of the sole plate smoothes the wrinkles.
All about her she could feel the smoothness of a falling trap.
Old English smoð "smooth, serene, calm," variant of smeðe "free from roughness, not harsh, polished; soft; suave; agreeable," of unknown origin and with no known cognates. Of words, looks, "pleasant, polite, sincere" late 14c., but later "flattering, insinuating" (mid-15c.). Slang meaning "superior, classy, clever" is attested from 1893. Sense of "stylish" is from 1922.
Smooth-bore in reference to guns is from 1812. smooth talk (v.) is recorded from 1950. A 1599 dictionary has smoothboots "a flatterer, a faire spoken man, a cunning tongued fellow." The usual Old English form was smeðe, and there is a dialectal smeeth found in places names, e.g. Smithfield, Smedley.
late Old English smoþ "to make smooth," replacing smeðan "to smooth, soften, polish; appease, soothe;" smeðian "smoothen, become smooth," from the source of smooth (adj.). Meaning "to make smooth" is c.1200. Related: Smoothed; smoothing. Middle English also had a verb form smoothen (mid-14c.).
: I'd rather have hooch, and a bit of a smooch
[the pilfering sense probably derives from the kissing sense by way of mooch; the kissing sense may be fr German schmutzen, ''to kiss, to smile''; the dated instance is spelled smouch; the term was reestablished as smooch in the 1930s]