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There pinch the maids as blue as bilberry; Our radiant queen hates sluts and sluttery.Shakesp.
The veal's all rags, the butter's turn'd to oil; And thus I buy good meat for sluts to spoil. King.
8. A word of slight contempt to a woman. Hold up, you sluts, Your aprons mountant; you're not oathable, Although I know you'll swear. Shakesp. Timon. The frogs were ready to leap out of their skins for joy, j one crafty old slut in the company advised them to consider a little better on't. L'Estr
ties or practice of a slut. Slutt'ry, to such neat excellence oppos'd, Should make desire vomit emptiness. Shak. Cumb. These make our girls their sluttery rue, By pinching them both black and blue; And put a penny in their shoe, The house for cleanly sweeping. Drayton. A man gave money for a black, upon an opinion that his swarthy colour was rather sluttery than nature, and the fault of his master that kept him no cleaner. L'Estrange. SLU'ttish. adj. [from slut.] 1. Nasty; not nice; not cleanly; dirty; indecently negligent of cleanliness. All preparations both for food and lodging, such as would make one detest niggardness, it is so stuttish a vice. Sidney. Albeit the mariners do covet store of cabbins, yet indeed they are but sluttish dens that breed sickness in peace, serving to cover stealths, and in sight are dangerous to tear men with their solins. Raleigh's Essays. The nastiness of that nation, and sluttish course of life, hath much promoted the opinion, occasioned by their servile condition at first, and in
ferior ways of parsimony ever since. Brown. Slothful disorder fill'd his stable, And sluttish plenty deck'd her table. Prior.
2. It is used sometimes for meretricious. She got a legacy by sluttish tricks. Holiday. SLU'ttish LY. adv. [from sluttish.] In a sluttish manner; nastily; dirtily. SLU'ttish Ness. n.s. (from sluttish.] The qualities or practice of a slut; nastiness; dirtiness. That is only suitable in laying a foul complexion upon a filthy favour, setting forth both in sluttishratss. Sidney. I look on the instinct of this moisome and troublesome creature, the louse, of searching out foul and nasty clothes to harbour and breed in, as an effect of divine providence, designed to deter men and women from sluttishness and sordidness, and to provoke them to cleanliness and neatness. Ray on the Creation. SLY. adj. srlið, Sax. slippery, and metaphorically deceitful; slagur, Island.] Meanly artful; secretly insidious; cunning. ..For my slu wiles and subtile crafiness, The title of the kingdom. I possess. Hubb. Tale. And for 1 doubt the Greekish monarch slu, Will use with him some of his wonted craft. Fairf His proud step he scornful turn'd, And with sly circumspection. Milton's Par. Lost. Envy is a cursed plant; some fibres of it are oted almost in every man's nature, and it works in a slu and imperceptible manner. Watts. It is odious in a man to look sly and leering at a woulan. Clarissa.
He is but a bastard to the time, That doth not smack of observation Sh. King John. 3. To make a noise by separation of the lips strongly pressed together, as after a taste. She kiss'd with smacking lips the snoring lout; For such a kiss demands a pair of gloves. Gau. 4. To kiss with a close compression of the lips, so as to be heard when they separate. He gives a smacking buss. Pope. To SM Ack. v. a. 1. To kiss. So careless flow’rs, strow'd on the water's face, The curled whirlpools suck, smack, and embrace, Yet drown them. Donne. 2. To make to emit any quick smart noise. More than one steed must Delia's empire feel, Who sits triumphant o'er the flying wheel; And, as she guides it through th' admiring throng, With what an air she smacks the silken thong' Young. SM Ack. n.s. (smaeck, Dut. from the verb.] !. Taste ; savour. 2.Tincture; quality from something mixed. The child, that sucketh the milk of the nurse, learns his first speech of her; the which, being the first inured to his tongue, is ever after, most |...} unto him ; insomuch, that though he afterwards be taught English, yet the smack of the first will always abide with him. Spenser. Your lordship, though not clean past your youth, hath yet some smack of age in you, some relish of the saltness of time, and have a care of your health. Shakesp. Hen. IV. It caused the neighbours to rue, that a petty smack only of popery opened a gap to the oppression of the whole. Carew. As the Pythagorean soul Runs through all beasts, and fish, and fowl, And has a smack of every one, So love does, and has ever done. Hudibras.
3. A pleasing taste.
4. A small quantity; a taste.
1. Little in quantity; not great.
is the dressing of small birds, requiring a world of
2. Slender; exile; minute. After the earthquake a fire, and after the fire a still small voice. 1 Kings, xix. 12. Your sin and calf I burnt, and ground it very small, till it was as small as dust. Deut. ix. £i. Those wav'd their limber fans For wings, and smallest lineaments exact. Milton. Small-grained sand is esteemed the best for the tenant, and the large for the landlord and lood. Mortimer's Hus inary. 3. Little in degree. There arose no small stir about that way. Acts xiv. 25. 4. Little in importance; petty; minute. ls it a small matter that thou hast taken my husband : ortfor. Narrow man being fill'd with little shares, Courts, city, church, are all shops of small wares; All having blown to sparks their noble fire, And drawn their sound gold ingot into wire. Den. Some men's behaviour is like a verse, wherein every syllable is measured : how can a man com prehend great matters that breaketh his mino too much to small observations 2 Bacon. Knowing, by fame, small poets, small musicians, Small painters, and still smaller politicians. Harte. Small is the subject, but not so the praise. Pope.
5. Little in the principal quality; not strong ; weak: as, small beer. Go down to the cellar to draw ale or onal of tion. SMALL. m. s. [from the adjective.] The small or narrow part of anything. It is particularly applied to the part of the leg below the calf. Her garment was cut after such a fashion, that
though the length of it reached to the ancies, yet in her going one might sometimes discern the small
of her leg. Sidney. Into her legs I’d have love's issues fall, And all her calf into a gouty small. Suckling.
His excellency having mounted on the small of my leg, advanced forwards. Gulliv. Trav. SMALLAGE. m. s. [from small age, because it soon withers. Skinner. Eleos' linon, Lat.] A plant. It is a species of parsley, and a common weed by the sides of ditches and brooks. Miller. Smallage is raised by slips or seed, which is reddish, and pretty big, of a roundish oval figure ; a little more full and rising on one side than the
other, and streaked from one end to the other. Mortimer's Hush SMA'llco AL. m. s. ssmall and coal.] Little wood coals used to light fires. A smallcoal man, by waking one of these distressed gentlemen, saved him from ten years inprisonment. Spectator. When smallcoal murmurs in the hoarser throat, From smutty dangers guard thy threaten’d coat.
au. SMALLCRAFT. m. s. [small and craft.] A little vessel below the denomination of a ship. Small he before me sign, whom t'other day A smallcraft vessel hither did convey ;
Where stain'd with prunes and rotten figs he lay 2 Dryden.
SMA'llpox. n.s.. [small and por.] An
or else, when he cometh to the school, is smally regarded. ..ischum,
The parts in glass are evenly spread, but are not so close as in gold ; as we see by the easy admission of light, and by the smalness of the weight - Bacon's Nat. i. 2. Littleness; want of bulk; minuteness; exility. Whatsoever is invisible, in respect of the fineness of the body, or the smalness of the parts, or subtilty of the motion, is little enquired. Bacon's Nat. Hist. The smalness of the rays of light may contribute very much to the power of the agent by which they are refracted. Newton's Opticks. 3. Want of strength; weakness. SMA Lt. n.s. A beautiful blue substance, produced from two parts of zaffre being fused with three parts common salt, and
one part potash. Hill on Fossils. To make a light purple, mingle ceruse with logwood water; and moreover turnsoil with lac mingled with smalt of bice. Peachan. SMA'RAG DIN E. adj. [smaragdinus, Lat. Made of emerald; resembling emerald. SMART. m. s. [rmeonza, Sax. smert, Dut smarta, Swed.] 1. Quick, pungent, lively pain. Then her mind, though too late, by the smart, was brought to think of the disease. Sidney. 2. Pain, corporal or intellectual. Mishaps are master'd by advice discreet, And counsel mitigates the greatest smart. F. Queen. It increased the smart of his present sufferings, to compare them with his former happiness. Atterb. To SMART. v. n. [rmeoncan, Sax. smerten, Dut.] 1. To feel quick lively pain. When a man's wounds cease to smart, only because he has lost his feeling, they are nevertheless mortal. South. Human blood, when first let, is mild, and will not make the eye, or a fresh wound, smart. Arbuth. 2. To feel pain of body or mind. He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it. Proverbs. No creature smarts so little as a fool. Let peals of laughter, Codrus! round thee break, Thou unconcern'd can'st hear the mighty crack. Pope. SMART. adj. [from the noun.] 1. Pungent; sharp; causing smart. How smart a lash that speech doth give my conscience Shakesp. To the fair he fain would quarter show, His tender heart recoils at every blow ; If unawares he gives too smart a stroke, He means but to correct, and not provoke. Granv. 2. Quick; vigorous; active. That day was spent in smart skirmishes, in which many fell. Clarendon. This sound proceeded from the nimble and smart percussions of the ambient air, made by the swift and irregular motions of the particles of the liquors. Boule. 3. Producing any effect with force and vi
gour. After show’rs The stars shine smarter, and the moon adorns, As with unborrow'd beams, her sharpen'd horns. Dryden. 4. Acute; witty. It was a smart reply that Augustus made to one that ministred this comfort of the fatality of things: this was so far from f.' any ease to his mind, that it was the very thing that troubled him. Tillotson. 5. Brisk; vivacious; lively. You may see a smart rhetorician turning his hat in his hands, during the whole course of his harangue. A deaf man would think he was cheapening a beaver. Addison. Who, for the poor renown of being smart, Would leave a sting within a brother's heart? Young.
SMART. n.s. A fellow affecting briskness and vivacity. A cant word. SMARTLY. adv. [from smart.] After a smart manner; sharply; briskly; vigorously; wittily. The art, order, and gravity of those proceedings, where short, severe, constant rules were set, and smartly pursued, made them less taken notice of. Clarendon. SMARTNEss. n.s. [from smart.] 1. The quality of being smart; quickness; vigour. What interest such a smartness in striking the air hath in the production of sound, may in some measure appear by the motion of a bullet, and that of a switch or other wand, which produce no sound, if they do but slowly pass through the air; whereas, if the one do Sinartly strike the air, and the other be shot out of a gun, the celerity of their percussions on the air puts it into an undulating motion, which, reaching the ear, produces an audible noise. Boyle. 2. Liveliness; briskness; wittiness. I defy all the clubs to invent a new phrase, equal in wit, humour, smartness, or politeness, to my set. Swift SM ATCH. n.s.. [corrupted from smack.] 1. Taste; tincture; twang. Thou art a fellow of a good respect; Thy life hats had some smatch of honour in't.Shak, Some nations have a peculiar guttural or nasal smatch in their language. Holder's Elem. of Speech. These salts have somewhat of a nitrous taste, but mixt with a smatch of a vitriolick. Grew.
SMA'TTER. m. s. [from the verb.] Superficial or slight knowledge. All other sciences were extinguished during this empire, excepting only a smatter of judicial astrology. Temple. SMATTERER. m. s. [from smatter.] One
who has a slight or superficial knowledge. These few who preserve any rudiments of learning, are, except one or two smatterers, the clergy's friends. Swift. To SMEAR. v. a. [rmenan, Sax. smeeren, Dut.] 1. To overspread with something viscous and adhesive; to besmear. If any such he here, that love this painting, Wherein you see me smear'd, lf any think brave death outweighs bad life, Let him wave thus. Shakesp. Othello. Then from the mountain hewing timber tall, Began to build a vessel of huge bulk, Smear'd round with pitch. Milton. Smear'd as she was with black Gorgonean blood, The fury.s; rang above the Stygian flood. Dryden. 2. To soil; to contaminate. Why had I not, with charitable hand, Took up a beggar's issue at my gates ? Who smeared thus and mir'd with infamy, I might have said no part of it is mine. Shakesp. SM EA R. m. s. [from the verb.] An oint
1. To strike the nostrils. The king is but a man as I am : the violet smells to him as it doth to me; all his senses have but human conditions. Shakesp. The daintiest smells of flowers are out of those plants whose leaves smell not. Bacon's Nat. Hist. 2. To have any particular scent: with of. Honey in Spain smelleth apparently of the rosemary or orange, from whence the bee gathereth it. Bacon. A work of this, nature is not to be performed j. one leg, and should smell of oil if duly handled. rou'n. If you have a silver saucepan, and the butter smells of smoak, lay the fault upon the coals. Swift. 3. To have a particular tincture or smack of any quality. My unsoil'd name, the austereness of my life, Will so your accusation overweigh,
That you shall stifle in your own report,
And smell of calumny. Shakesp.
4. To practise the act of smelling. Whosoever shall make like unto that, to smelt thereto, shall be cut off. Erodus xxx. 58. I had a mind to know, whether they would find out the treasure, and whether smelling enabled them to know what is good for their nourishment. Addison's Spectator. 5. To exercise sagacity. Down with the nose, take the bridge quite away, Of him that, his particular to forefeud, Smells from the general weal. SM ELL. m. s. [from the verb.] 1. Power of smelling; the sense of which the nose is the organ. Next, in the nostrils she doth use the smell, As God the breath of life in them did give : So makes he now this pow'r in them to dwell, To judge all airs whereby we breath and live. - Davies. 2. Scent; power of affecting the nose. The sweetest smell in the air is the white double violet, which comes twice a year. Bacon. All sweet smells have joined with them some earthy or crude odours. Bacon. Pleasant smells are not confined unto vegetables, but found in divers animals. Brown's Pulg. Err. There is a great variety of smells, though we have but a few names for them : the smell of a violet and of musk, both sweet, are as distinct as any two smells. acke. SM E'LLER. m. s. [from smell.] He who
The river of bliss through midst of heaven Rolls o'er Elysian flow’rs her amber stream ; With these, that never fade, the spirits elect Bind their resplendent locks inwreath'd with beams; Now in loose garlands thick thrown off, the bright Pavement, that like a sea of jasper shone, Impurpled with celestial roses smil'd, Milton. The desart smil'd, And paradise was open'd in the wild. 4. To be ol. to be propitious. Then let me not let pass Occasion, which now smiles, Milton Me all too mean for such a task Iweet; Yet, if the sov’reign lady deigns to smile, I'll follow Horace with impetuous heat, And clothe the verse in Spenser's native style.Prior. SMILE. m. s. [from the verb.] 1. A slight contraction of the face; a look of pleasure or kindness: opposed to
fronn. I frown upon him, yet he loves me still. -Oh that your frowns would teach my smiles such skill. Shakesp. Mids. Night's Dream. No in an marks the 1-arrow space "Twixt a prison and a smile. Wotton. To these that sober race of men, whose lives Religious titled them the sows of God, Shall yield up all their virtue, all their fame Ignobly to the trains and to the smiles Of these fair atheists. Milton. Sweet intercourse Of looks and smiles: for smiles from reason flow, To brute denied, and are of love the food. Milton. 2. Gay or joyous appearance. Yet what avail her unexhausted stores, Her blooming mountains, and her sunny shores, With all the gifts that heav'n and earth impart, The smiles of nature, and the charms of art 2 Addis SM1'LINGLY. adv. [from smiling.] With a look of pleasure. His flaw'd heart, "Twixt two extremes of Poio and grief, Burst smilingly. Shakesp King Lear. Carneades stopping him smilingly, told him, we are not so forward to lose good company. Boyle To SMILt. v. n. [corrupted from smelt, or molt.] Having too much water, many corns will smilt, or have their pulp turned into a substance like thick cream. Mortimer. To SMI Reh. v. a. [from murk or murcky.]
To cloud ; to dusk; to soil. I'll put myself in poor and inean attire, And with a kind of umber smirch my face. Shak. Like the shaven Hercules in the smirch wormeaten tapestry. Shakesp To SMIRK. v. a. To look affectedly soft or
kind. Her grizzled locks assume a smirking grace, And art has levels d her deep furrow'd face. Young. SMIT. The participle passive of smite. Fir'd with the views this glitt'ring scene displays, And smit with passion for my country's praise, My artless ...? attempts this lofty theme, Where sacred Isis rolls her ancient stream. Ticke. To SMIT E. v. a. preterite smote; participle pass. smit, smitten. [rmrzan, Sax. smijten, Dut.] 1. To strike; to reach with a blow. So sweet a kiss the golden sun gives not To those fresh morning drops upon the rose, As thy eye beams, when their fresh rays have
The night of dew that on my cheeks down flows.
Shakesp. The sword of Satan with steep force to smite, Descending. Milton. 2. To kill; to destroy.
The servants of David had smitten of Benjamin's men, so that three hundred and threescore died. 2 Sam. ii. 31. God smote him for his errour, and he died.
Her rosy progress smiling. Milton.
2 Sam. vi.
And the flax, and the barley was smitten, but the wheat and the rye not. Exodus, 5. To affect with any passion. I wander where the muses haunt, Clear spring, or shady grove, or sunny hill, Smit with the love of sacred song. Tempt not the Lord thy God, he said, and stuod But Satan smitten with amazement fell. Milton See what the charins that smite the simple heart Not touch'd by nature, and not reach'd by *: Smit with the love of sister arts we came, ope And met congenial, mingling flaine with *; To SMITE. v. n. To strike; to collide. The heart melteth, and the knees smite together Nahum
SMI'TER. m. s. [from smite.] smites. I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheek: to them that pluck off the hair. Isa. l. 5. SMITH. n.s. [rmio, Sax. smeth, Germ. smid, Dut. from rmrzan, Sax. to beat.] . One who forges with his hammer; one who works in metals. He doth nothing but talk of his horse, and can shoe him. I am afraid his mother played false with a smith. Sh Lawless man the anvil dares prophane, And forge that steel by which a man is slain; Which earth at first for ploughshares did afford, Nor yet the smith had learn'd to form a sword. Tate. The ordinary qualities observable in iron, or a diamond, that make their true complex idea, a smith or a jeweller commonly knows better than philosopher. - Lock 2. He that makes or effects anything. The doves repented, though too late, Become the smiths of their own foolish fate. Dryd SM1'thcRAFt. n. s. [rmiècnaept, Sax.] The art of a smith. Inventors of pastorage, smithcraft, and musick. Raleigh. SMI'TheRY. n.s.. [from smith..] The shop of a smith. SM1'thi NG. m. s. [from smith]. Smithing is an art manual, by which an irregular lump, or several lumps, of iron is wrought into an intended shape. Moron’s Mechanical Erercises. SM1'thy. m. s. [rmoe, Sax.] The shop of a smith. His blazing locks sent forth a crackling sound, And hiss'd like red hot iron within the smithy drown'd. usen. SMItt. n. s. The finest of the clayey ore, made up into balls, they use for marking of sheep, and call it smitt. Woodnard. SM1'tten. The participle passive of smite. Struck; killed; affected with passion. How agree the kettle and the earthen pot together 2 for if the one be smitten against the other, it shall be broken. Ecclus. We did esteem bin stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. Isa. liii. 4. By the advantages of a good person and a plasing conversation, he made such an impression in her heart as could not be effaced : and be was himself no less smitten with Constantia. Addison. SMock. m. s. [rmoc, Sax.] 1. The under-garment of a woman; a shift. Her body covered with a light taffeta garment, so cut, as the wrought smock came through it in many places. Sidney.
How dost thou look now? oh if-starr'd wench, Pale as thy smock 1 when we shall meet at compt, * This look of thine will hurl my soul from heav'n. Shakesp. Their apparel was linen breeches, and over that a smock close girt unto them with a towel. Sandys. Though Artemisia talks by fits Of counsils, classicks, fathers, wits; Reads Malbranche, Boyle, and Locke: Yet in some things, methinks, she fails; Twere well if she would pair her nails, - And wear a cleaner smock Swift 2. Smock is used in a ludicrous kind of composition for any thing relating to women. At smock-treason, matron, I believe you, And if I were your husband; but when I Trust to your cobweb bosoms any other, Let me there die a fly, and feast you spider. Jonson.
Plague on his smock-loyalty! 1 hate to see a brave bold fellow sotted, Made sour and senseless, turn'd to whey, by love.
rtyaert. SMockfaced. adj. [smock and face.] Palefaced; maidenly. Old chiefs, reflecting on their former deeds, Disdain to rust with batter'd invalids; But active in the foremost ranks appear, And leave young smockfac'd beaux to guard the - rear. Fenton. SMokE. m. s. sys-mng, Welsh; rmec, rmoec, Sax. smoock, Dut..] The visible effluvium, or sooty exhalation, from any thing burning. She might utter out some smoke of those flames wherewith else she was not only burned, but smothered. Sidney. Stand off, and let me take the air; Why should the smoke pursue the fair? Cleaveland. He knew tears caused by smoke, but not by flame. Cowley. All involv'd with stench and smoke. Milton. As smoke that rises from the kindling fires Is seen this moment, and the next expires. Prior. Smoke passing through flame cannot but grow red hot, and red hot smoke can appear no other than flame. Newton. To SMoke. v. n. [from the noun.]
1. To emit a dark exhalation by heat. When the sun went down, a smoking furnance and a burning lamp passed between those pieces. Gen. xv. 17. His brandish'd steel, Which smok'd with bloody execution. Shakesp. To him no temple stood nor altar smok'd. .#. For Venus, Cytherea was invok'd, Altars for Pallas to Athena smok'd. Granville. 2. To burn; to be kindled. A scriptural term. The anger of the Lord shall smoke against that man. Deut. 3. To move with such swiftness as to kindle; to move very fast, so as to raise dust like smoke. Aventinus drives his chariot round ; Proud of his steeds he smokes along the field; His father's hydra fills the ample shield. Dryden's AEneid. With hasty hand the ruling reins he drew, He lash'd the coursers, and §: coursers flew ; Beneath the bending yoke alike they held Their equal pace, and smok'd along the field. Pope. 4. To smell or hunt out. He hither came t' observe and smoke What courses other riskers took. Hudibras. I began to smoke that they were a parcel of mummers, and wondered that none of the Middlesex ouces took care to lay some of them by the heels. ddison's Freeholder. b. To use tobacco. 6. To suffer; to be punished. Maugre all the world will I keep safe, Or some of you shall smoke for it in Rome. To SMoke. v. a.
1. To scent by smoke; to medicate by smoke, or dry in smoke. Frictions of the back-bone with flannel, smoked with penetrating aromatical substances, have proved effectual. Arbuthnot. 2. To smell out; to find out. He was first smok'd by the old lord; when his disguise and he is parted, what a sprat you shall find him." Shakes Tom Tattle passes for an impertinent; and Will Trippet begins to be smoked, in case I continue this paper. Addison's Spectator. 3. To sneer; to ridicule to the face. Smoke the fellow there. Congreve.
To SMoke-DRY. v. a. [smoke and dry.] To dry by smoke. Smoke-dry the fruit, but not if you plant them. Mortimer. SMo'KER. m. s. [from smoke.] 1. One that dries or perfumes by smoke. 2. One that uses tobacco. SMo'keless. adj. [from smoke.] Having no smoke. Tenants with sighs the smokeless tow’rs survey, And turn th' unwilling steed another way. Pope. SMok Y. adj. [from smoke.] 1. Emitting smoke; fumid. Victorious to the top aspires, Involving all the wood in smoky fires. Dryden. 2. Having the appearance or nature of smoke. London appears in a morning drowned in a black cloud, and all the day after smothered with smoku fog, the consequence whereof proves very offensive to the lungs. Harvey.
If blast septentrional with brushing wings Sweep up the smoky mists, and vapours damp,
Then woe to mortals' Philips. 3. Noisome with smoke. () he 's as tedious As a tir'd horse, or as a railing wife; Worse than a smoky house. Shakesp.
Courtesy Is sooner found in lowly sheds, With smoky rasters, than in tap'stry halls And courts of princes. Milton. Morpheus, the humble god that dwells In cottages and smoku cells, Hates gilded roofs and beds of down; And, though he fears no prince's frown, Flies from the circle of a crown. Denham. SMooth. adj. [rmeč, rmoeos, Sax. muyth, Welsh.] 1. Even on the surface; not rough; level; having no asperities. Behold Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man. Gen. xxvii. 11. Missing thee, I walk unseen On the dry smooth-shaven green, To 1..?. wandering moon Riding uear her highest noon. Milton. The outlines must be smooth, imperceptible to the touch, and even without eminences or cavities. Dryden. Nor box nor limes, without their use; Smooth-grain'd, and proper for the turner's trade, Which curious hands may carve, and steel with ease invade. Dryden. 2. Evenly spread; glossy. He for the promis'd journey bids prepare The smooth-hair'd horses and the rapid car. Pope. 3. Equal in pace; without starts or ob
When sage Minerva rose, From her sweet lips smooth elocution flows. Gay So, Dick adept, tuck back thy hair; And I will pour into thv ear Remarks which none did e'er disclose In smooth-pac’d verse or hobbling prose. Prior 6. Bland; mild; adulatory. The subtle fiend, stung with anger and disdain, and this answer smooth return'd. Milton's Paradise Regained. This smooth discourse and mild behaviour oft Conceal a traitor. ddison. He was smooth-tongued, gave good words, and seldom lost his temper. Arbuth. Hist, of J. Bull. The madding monarchs to compose, The Pylian prince, the smooth-speech'd Nestor, rose. Tickel. To SMooth. v. a. [from the adjective.] 1. To level; to make even on the surface. The carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the ...i. that smote the anvil. Isaiah, xli. Smiling she seem’d, and full of pleasing thougl.t; From ocean as she first began to rise, And smooth'd the ruffled seas, and clear'd the skies. Dryden. Now on the wings of winds our course we keep ; The God hath smooth'd the waters of the deep. - Pope's Odyssey. 2. To work into a soft uniform mass. It brings up again into the mouth that which it had swallowed, and chewing it, grinds and smooths it,and afterwards swallows it into another stomach. Ray on the Creation. 3. To make easy; to rid from obstructions. Thou, Abelard ' the last sad office pay, And smooth my passage to the realms of day. Pope. 4. To make flowing; to free from harsh
ness. In their motions harmony divine So smooths her charming tones. All your ruuse's softer art display; Let Carolina smooth the tuneful lay ; Lull with Amelia's liquid name the Nine, And sweetly flow through all the royal line. Pope. 5. To palliate; to soften. Had it been a stranger, not my child, To smooth his fault, I would have been more mild. Shakesp.
6. To calm; to mollify. Now, breathe we, lords; good fortune bids us pause, And smooth the frowns of war with peaceful looks. Shakesp. Each perturbation smooth'd with outward calin. Milton. 7. To ease. Restor'd it soon will be; the means prepar'd, The difficulty smooth'd, the danger shar'd : Be but yourself. den. 8. To flatter; to soften with blandis ments. Because I cannot flatter and look fair, Smile in men's faces, smooth, deceive, and cog, Duck with French nods at:d apish courtesy, 1 must be held a rancorous enemy. Shakesp. This man's a flatterer? if one be, So are they all ; for every greeze of fortune ls smooth'd by that below. Shakesp. To SMoo'THEN. v. a. [a bad word among mechanicks for smooth ) To
Shakesp. Let their heirs Enrich their time to come with smoothfac'd peace, With smiling plenty, and fair prosp'rous days Shakesp. Richard Ill
1. Not roughly ; evenly. 2. With even glide. The musick of that murm'ring spring Is not so mournful as the strains you sing: Nor rivers winding through the vales below So sweetly warble, or so smoothly flow. Pope. 3. Without obstruction ; easily; readily. Had Joshua been mindful, the fraud of the Gibeonites could not so smoothly have past unespi; d, till there was no help. Hooker. 4. With soft and bland language. SMo'oth N Ess. m. s. [from smooth.] 1. Evenness on the surface; freedom from asperity. A countryman feeding his flock by the seaside, it was so delicate a fine day, that the smoothness of the water tempted him to set up for a merchant. L'Estrange. The nymph is all into a laurel gone, The smoothness of her skin remains alone. Dryden.
2. Softness or mildness on the palate. Fallacious drink ye honest men, beware, Nor trust its smoothness; the third circling glass Suffices virtue. Philips. 3. Sweetness and softness of numbers. As French has more fineness and smoothness at this time, so it had more compass, spirit, and force in Montaigne' age. Temple. Virgil, though smooth, where smoothness is rejo. , is so far from affecting it, that he rather isdains it; frequently using synalephas, and concluding his sense in the middle of his verse. Dryd. 4. Blandness and gentleness of speech. She is too subtle for thee; and her smoothness,
Her very silence, and her patience,
SMoTE. The preterite of smite.
To SMother. v. a. [rmonan, Sax ) 1. To suffocate with smoke, or by exclu
sion of the air. She might give passage to her thoughts, and so as it were utter out some smoke of those flames, wherewith else she was not only burned but smothered. Sidney. We smother'd
The most replenish'd sweet work of nature,
2. To suppress. Lewd and wicked custom, beginning perhaps at the first amongst few, afterwards spreading into - greater multitudes, and so continuing, from time may be of force, even in plain things, to smother the light of natural understanding. Hooker. She was warmed with the graceful appearance of the hero ; she smothered those sparkles out of decency, but conversation blew them up into a flame. Dryden's AB neid, Dedication.
SMoth ER. m. s. [from the verb.]
1. A state of suppression. Not in use. This unfortunate prince, after a long smother of discontent, and hatred of many of his nobility and people, breaking forth at times into seditions, was at last distressed by them. Bacon. A man were better relate himself to a statue, than suffer his thoughts to pass in smother Bacon. Nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little ; and therefore men should procure to know more, and not to keep their suspicions in smother. Bacon's Essays. 2. Smoke ; thick dust. Thus must I from the smoke into the smother, From tyrant duke into a tyrant brother. Shakesp. Where yon disorder'd heap of ruin lies, Stones rent from stones, where clouds of dust arise, Amid that smother Neptune holds his place.
mildew. Farmers have suffered by smutty wheat, when such will not sell for above five shillings a bushel; whereas that which is free from smut will sell for ten. Mortimer's Husbandry. 3. Obscenity. To SM UT. v. a. [from the noun.] 1. To stain ; to mark with soot or coal. He is far from being smutted with the soil of atheistin. More. A fuller had invitation from a collier to live with him : he gave him a thousand thanks; but, says he, as fast as I make any thing clean, you'll be smutting it again. L'Estrange. The inside is so smutted with dust and smoke, that neither the marble, silver, nor brass works shew themselves. ddison. I am wonderfully pleased to see my tenants
1. Black with smoke or coal. The smuttu grain, With sudden blaze diffus'd, inflames the air. Mit. The smutty wainscot full of cracks. Soft. He was a smuttu dog yesterday, and cust it near two hours to wash the ink of his face. Pope 2. Tainted with mildew. Smutty corn will sell dearer at one time than the clean at another. f. 3. Obscene; not modest. The place is a censure of a profane and souts, passage in the Old Bachelor. - Callier. SNAck. m. s. [from snatch..] A share; ** taken by compact. f the master gets the better on't, they come in for their snack. L'Estrange. For four times talking, if one piece thou take, That must be cantled,and the judge go snack. Dryd. All my demurs but double his attacks; At last he whispers, “Do, and we go snacks." Pope. SNA‘coT. m. s. [acus, Lat.] A fish. Ainsworth. SNA‘FFLE. m. s. [snavel, Dut. the nose.] A bridle which crosses the nose. The third o' th' world is yours, which with a snaffle You may pace easy ; but not such a wife. Shakesp. Sooth him with praise; This, from his weaning, let him well be taught, And then betimes in a soft snaffle wrought. Druden's Georgieks. To SNA‘FFLE. v. a. [from the noun..] To bridle; to hold in a bridle; to hold; to manage. SNAG. m. s. [Of this word I know not the etymology or original] 1. A jag, or sharp protuberance. The one her other leg had lame, Which with a staff, all full of little snags, She did disport; and Impotence her name. Fairy Q The coat of arms, Now on a naked snag in triumph born, Was hung on high. . wden's ACneid. 2. A tooth left by itself, or standing be. yond the rest; a tooth, in contempt. In China none hold women sweet, Except their snags are black as jet : King Chihu put nine queens to death,
tuberances; shooting into sharp points. His stalking steps are stay'd
Upon a snaggy oak, which he had torn
Out of his mother's bowels, and it made
play their innocent tricks, and smutting one another. Addison.
His mortal mace, wherewith his formen he disunay d. Spense.