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slugging average
Baseball. a measure of the effectiveness of a batter in making base hits, obtained by dividing the total bases reached by hitting by the number of official times at bat and ...
slugging percentage
☆ slugging percentage n. Baseball a number expressing a player's average effectiveness in making extra-base hits, calculated by dividing the total number of bases (from all ...
slug·ging average (slŭgʹĭng) n. Baseball A player's total number of bases reached on hits divided by official times at bat, expressed as a three-digit decimal and used as a ...
—sluggishly, adv. —sluggishness, n. /slug"ish/, adj. 1. indisposed to action or exertion; lacking in energy; lazy; indolent: a sluggish disposition. 2. not acting or working ...
See sluggish. * * *
See sluggishly. * * *
—sluicelike, adj. /sloohs/, n., v., sluiced, sluicing. n. 1. an artificial channel for conducting water, often fitted with a gate (sluice gate) at the upper end for regulating ...
/sloohs"way'/, n. 1. a channel controlled by a sluice gate. 2. any artificial channel for water. [1770-80, Amer.; SLUICE + WAY1] * * *
/slooht/, n. (in South Africa) a deep, dry gulch or channel formed by erosion due to heavy rains. [1860-65; < Afrik sloot < D: ditch] * * *
—slummer, n. /slum/, n., v., slummed, slumming. n. 1. Often, slums. a thickly populated, run-down, squalid part of a city, inhabited by poor people. 2. any squalid, run-down ...
—slumberer, n. —slumberless, adj. /slum"beuhr/, v.i. 1. to sleep, esp. lightly; doze; drowse. 2. to be in a state of inactivity, negligence, quiescence, or calm: Vesuvius is ...
slumber party
a social gathering typically of teenagers held at the home of one of them for the purpose of sleeping there overnight. Also called pajama party. [1920-25] * * *
See slumber. * * *
See slumberer. * * *
/slum"beuhr land'/, n. an imaginary land described to children as the place they enter during sleep. [1880-85; SLUMBER + LAND] * * *
—slumberously, adv. —slumberousness, n. /slum"beuhr euhs, slum"breuhs/, adj. 1. sleepy; heavy with drowsiness, as the eyelids. 2. causing or inducing sleep. 3. pertaining to, ...
See slumberous. * * *
See slumberously. * * *
slumber party n. An overnight party in which guests, usually girls, wear nightclothes, socialize, and spend the night at a friend's home. * * *
/slum"beuhr shayd'/, n. See sleep shade. [SLUMBER + SHADE] * * *
/slum"beuh ree/, adj. Archaic. slumberous. [1350-1400; ME slombry, slomry; see SLUMBER, -Y1] * * *
/slum"dwel'euhr/, n. a person who lives in a slum. [1890-95; SLUM + DWELLER] * * *
/slum gul"yeuhn, slum"gul'-/, n. 1. a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc. 2. a beverage made weak or thin, as watery tea, coffee, or the like. 3. the refuse from processing ...
/slum"iz euhm/, n. the prevalence or increase of urban slums and blighted areas. [1965-70; SLUM + -ISM] * * *
/slum"lawrd'/, n. a landlord who owns slum buildings, esp. one who fails to maintain or improve the buildings and charges tenants exorbitant rents. [1950-55; SLUM + LORD] * * *
See slum. * * *
—slumminess, n. /slum"ee/, adj., slummier, slummiest. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a slum: a slummy part of town. [1855-60; SLUM + -Y1] * * *
/slump/, v.i. 1. to drop or fall heavily; collapse: Suddenly she slumped to the floor. 2. to assume a slouching, bowed, or bent position or posture: Stand up straight and don't ...
/slung/, v. pt. and pp. of sling. * * *
slung shot
a weight, as a stone or a piece of metal, fastened to a short strap, chain, or the like, and used as a weapon. [1835-45, Amer.] * * *
/slungk/, v. a pt. and the pp. of slink. * * *
/slerr/, v., slurred, slurring, n. v.t. 1. to pass over lightly or without due mention or consideration (often fol. by over): The report slurred over her contribution to the ...
—slurban, adj. /slerrb/, n. a shabby, ill-planned suburban area. [1960-65; SL(UM) + (SUB)URB] * * *
/slerrp/, v.t. 1. to ingest (food or drink) with loud sucking noises: He slurped his coffee. v.i. 2. to make loud sucking noises while eating or drinking: to slurp when eating ...
/slerr"ee/, n., pl. slurries, v., slurried, slurrying, adj. n. 1. a thin mixture of an insoluble substance, as cement, clay, or coal, with a liquid, as water or oil. 2. Ceram. a ...
/slush/, n. 1. partly melted snow. 2. liquid mud; watery mire. 3. waste, as fat, grease, or other refuse, from the galley of a ship. 4. a mixture of grease and other materials ...
slush fund
1. a sum of money used for illicit or corrupt political purposes, as for buying influence. 2. Naut. a fund from the sale of slush, refuse fat, etc., spent for any small ...
slush pile
Informal. a collection of unsolicited manuscripts submitted to a publisher. * * *
slush fund n. 1. A fund raised for undesignated purposes, especially: a. A fund raised by a group for corrupt practices, such as bribery or graft. b. A fund used by a group, as ...
See slushy. * * *
See slushily. * * *
—slushily, adv. —slushiness, n. /slush"ee/, adj., slushier, slushiest. 1. of or pertaining to slush. 2. Informal. tritely sentimental; mushy. [1785-95; SLUSH + -Y1] * * *
/slut/, n. 1. a dirty, slovenly woman. 2. an immoral or dissolute woman; prostitute. [1375-1425; late ME slutte; cf. dial. slut mud, Norw (dial.) slutr sleet, impure liquid] * * *
Sluter, Claus
born с 1340/50, Haarlem?, Holland died between Sept. 24, 1405, and Jan. 30, 1406, Dijon, Burgundy Early Netherlandish sculptor. He entered the service of Philip II the Bold in ...
▪ Belarus also spelled  Sluck,         city, Minsk oblast (province), central Belarus. The city dates from the 12th century and was incorporated in 1795. In the 18th ...
Slutskaya, Irina
▪ 2006  On March 19, 2005, as Russian figure skater Irina Slutskaya stood before a jubilant hometown crowd that rained flowers and stuffed animals onto the ice at Moscow's ...
See slut. * * *
See sluttish. * * *
See sluttish. * * *
—sluttishly, adv. —sluttishness, n. /slut"ee/, adj., sluttier, sluttiest. of, resembling, or characteristic of a slut: slutty behavior. Also, sluttish. [1350-1400; ME: dirty, ...
SLV abbr. standard launch vehicle. * * *
—slyly, slily, adv. —slyness, n. /sluy/, adj., slyer or slier, slyest or sliest, n. adj. 1. cunning or wily: sly as a fox. 2. stealthy, insidious, or secret. 3. playfully ...
Sly and the Family Stone
▪ American music group Introduction       American rock and funk band that became widely popular in the late 1960s with a string of anthemlike pop singles, stirring ...
/sluy"grog'/, n. Australian Slang. bootleg liquor. [1835-45] * * *
/sluy"boohts'/, n. (used with a sing. v.) an engagingly sly or mischievous person. [1690-1700; SLY + boots (pl. of BOOT1), used metonymically; cf. BOOTS] * * *
Slyde, Jimmy
▪ 2009 James Titus Godbolt        American tap dancer born Oct. 27, 1927, Atlanta, Ga. died May 16, 2008, Hanson, Mass. was a master of rhythm tap, in which the ...
See sly. * * *
See slyly. * * *
/sluyp/, n. Archit. a covered passage, esp. one from the transept of a cathedral to the chapter house. Also, slip. [1860-65; orig. uncert.; cf. dial. D slijpe secret path] * * ...
service mark. * * *
Symbol, Chem. samarium. * * *
small. * * *
sm. c.
small capital; small capitals. Also, sm. cap. or sm. caps. * * *
Surplus Marketing Administration. * * *
smack1 /smak/, n. 1. a taste or flavor, esp. a slight flavor distinctive or suggestive of something: The chicken had just a smack of garlic. 2. a trace, touch, or suggestion of ...
/smak"dab"/, adv. Informal. directly; squarely: smack-dab in the middle. [1890-95] * * *
/smak"euhr/, n. Slang. a dollar. [1915-20, Amer.; SMACK2 + -ER1] * * *
/smak'euh rooh"/, n., pl. smackeroos. Slang. 1. a hard slap or swat: He gave the ball a smackeroo. 2. smacker. [SMACK or SMACK(ER) + -EROO] * * *
—smackingly, adv. /smak"ing/, adj. 1. smart, brisk, or strong, as a breeze. 2. Chiefly Brit. Slang. smashing. [1585-95; SMACK2 + -ING2] * * *
▪ province, Sweden        landskap (province), southern Sweden, extending from the Baltic Sea on the east to the provinces of Halland and Västergötland on the west ...
Smale, Stephen
▪ American mathematician born July 15, 1930, Flint, Mich., U.S.       American mathematician, who was awarded the Fields Medal in 1966 for his work on topology in ...
—smallness, n. /smawl/, adj., smaller, smallest, adv., smaller, smallest, n. adj. 1. of limited size; of comparatively restricted dimensions; not big; little: a small box. 2. ...
small arm
—small-armed, adj. Usually, small arms. a firearm designed to be held in one or both hands while being fired: in the U.S. the term is applied to weapons of a caliber of up to ...
small arms
small arms n. firearms of small caliber, held in the hand or hands when fired, as pistols, rifles, etc. * * *
small beer
1. weak beer. 2. Chiefly Brit. Slang. matters or persons of little or no importance. [1560-70] * * *
small body
▪ astronomy   any natural solar system object other than the Sun and the major planets and dwarf planets and their satellites (moons). The small bodies populate the solar ...
Small Business Administration
U.S. Govt. a federal agency, created in 1953, that grants or guarantees long-term loans to small businesses. Abbr.: SBA, S.B.A. * * *
small calorie
Thermodynam. calorie (def. 1a). [1885-90] * * *
small cane.
See under cane (def. 5). * * *
small capital
a capital letter of a particular font, the same height as the x-high letters. Also called small cap. [1760-70] * * *
small change
1. coins of small denomination. 2. someone or something insignificant or trifling: Those people are small change. [1810-20] * * *
small circle
a circle on a sphere, the plane of which does not pass through the center of the sphere. Cf. great circle (def. 1). [1870-75] * * *
small claims court
n a type of court of law dealing with cases in which one person has a small claim against another person or a company. This is usually less than £5 000 in Britain and $10 000 ...
small claims courts
➡ legal system * * *
small craft advisory
Meteorol. 1. a U.S. National Weather Service advisory of sustained winds, over coastal and inland waters, with speeds of 20-33 knots (23-38 mph, 10-17 m/sec). Regional NWS ...
small cranberry.
See under cranberry (def. 1). * * *
small forward
☆ small forward n. Basketball that one of the two forwards whose function is primarily to score and who is therefore usually quicker and more agile * * *
small fry
—small-fry, adj. 1. children: a treat for the small fry. 2. unimportant persons or objects: Her parties were closed to the small fry. 3. small or young fish. [1895-1900] * * *
small game
wild animals and birds hunted for sport, as rabbits or doves, that are smaller than animals, as deer and bears, classified as big game. [1810-20] * * *
small holding
—small holder. Brit. a piece of land rented or sold to a farmer by county authorities for purposes of cultivation. [1890-95] * * *
small hours
hours after midnight; early morning hours: We danced into the small hours. [1830-40] * * *
small intestine
Anat. intestine (def. 2). [1760-70] * * * Long, narrow, convoluted tube in which most digestion takes place. It extends 22–25 ft (6.7–7.6 m), from the stomach to the large ...
small pastern bone.
See under pastern (def. 2). * * *
small potatoes
Informal. a person or thing of little significance, importance, or value: His salary was small potatoes for an executive of his ability. [1825-35] * * *
small print.
See fine print. * * *
small screen
1. the medium of television. 2. a television set. * * *
small slam
Bridge. See little slam. * * *
small stores
Navy. personal articles of regulation issue sold to sailors by a supply officer and charged to their pay, as extra clothing. [1830-40] * * *
small stuff
Naut. small cordage, as marlines, yarns, etc. [1865-70] * * *
small talk
light conversation; chitchat. [1745-55] Syn. banter, chatter, gossip. * * *
small time
(in vaudeville) a circuit of minor theaters giving three or more shows daily. [1920-25, Amer.] * * *
Small, Albion W
▪ American sociologist born May 11, 1854, Buckfield, Maine, U.S. died March 24, 1926, Chicago       sociologist who won recognition in the United States for sociology ...
/smawl"bawr', -bohr'/, adj. 1. of, noting, or relating to a .22-caliber firearm. 2. insular or parochial in scope, attitude, etc.: small-bore officials. [1895-1900] * * *
/smawl"kap"/, adj. designating a company, or a mutual fund that invests in companies, with a market capitalization of under $1 billion: considered to have more growth potential ...
small-claims court
/smawl"klaymz"/ a special court established to handle small claims or debts, usually without the services of lawyers. Also called small-debts court /smawl"dets"/. [1920-25] * * *
small-claims court (smôlʹklāmzʹ) n. A special court established for simplified and efficient handling of small claims on debts. * * *
—small-mindedly, adv. —small-mindedness, n. /smawl"muyn"did/, adj. selfish, petty, or narrow-minded. [1840-50] * * *
See small-minded. * * *
See small-mindedly. * * *
small-saver certificate
/smawl"say"veuhr/ a savings certificate issued in a small denomination. [1975-80] * * *
/smawl"skayl"/, adj. 1. of limited extent; of small scope: a small-scale enterprise. 2. being a relatively small map, model, etc., of the original and, hence, showing relatively ...
small-scale integration
Electronics. See SSI. * * *
/smawl"tawk'/, v.i. to engage in or have a propensity for small talk. [1780-90] * * *
—small-timer, n. /smawl"tuym"/, adj. of modest or insignificant size, importance, or influence: a small-time politician. [1910-15] * * *
—small-towner, n. /smawl"town"/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a town or village: a typical, small-town general store. 2. provincial or unsophisticated: ...
/smaw"lij/, n. the celery, Apium graveolens, esp. in its wild state. [1250-1300; ME smalege, smalache, equiv. to smale SMALL + ache parsley < OF < L apium celery, parsley] * * ...
small arm n. A firearm that can be carried in the hand. * * *
small beer n. 1. Weak or inferior beer. 2. Unimportant things; trivia. adj. Trivial; unimportant. * * *
small calorie n. See calorie. * * *
small cap adj. 1. Of or relating to relatively small companies that have little equity and a small number of shares of common stock outstanding. 2. Of or relating to mutual funds ...
small capital n. Abbr. sc A letter having the form of a capital letter but smaller; for example: SMALL CAPITALS. * * *
smallcell carcinoma
small cell carcinoma n. See oat cell carcinoma. * * *
small change n. 1. Coins of low denomination. 2. Something of little value or significance. * * *
/smawl"klohz', -klohdhz'/, n.pl. 1. Brit. small, personal items of clothing, as underwear, handkerchiefs, etc. 2. knee breeches, esp. the close-fitting ones worn in the 17th, ...
/smah'linz/, n. Alexander, 1889-1972, U.S. orchestra conductor, born in Russia. * * *
smaller European elm bark beetle.
See elm bark beetle (def. 1). [1940-45] * * *
smaller water strider
▪ insect also called  Ripple Bug, or Broad-shouldered Water Strider        (the latter name derives from the fact that the body, widest at the middle or hind legs, ...
Smal·ley (smôʹlē), Richard Errett. Born 1943. American chemist who shared a 1996 Nobel Prize for discovering fullerenes. * * *
Smalley, Richard E.
▪ American chemist and physicist in full  Richard Errett Smalley   born June 6, 1943, Akron, Ohio, U.S. died October 28, 2005, Houston, Texas       American chemist ...
Smalley, Richard Erret
▪ 2006       American chemist and physicist (b. June 6, 1943, Akron, Ohio—d. Oct. 28, 2005, Houston, Texas), was a leading proponent of the development and application ...
small fry n. 1. Small children. 2. Young or small fish. 3. Persons or things regarded as unimportant. * * *
smallholder [smôl′hōl΄dər] n. Brit. a person who owns or works a smallholding * * *
smallholding [smôl′hōl΄diŋ] n. Brit. a relatively small tract of land that is bought or rented for cultivation, sometimes as a source of extra income * * *
small hours pl.n. The early hours after midnight. * * *
small intestine n. The narrow, winding, upper part of the intestine where digestion is completed and nutrients are absorbed by the blood. It extends from the pylorus to the cecum ...
/smaw"lish/, adj. rather small. [1325-75; ME; see SMALL, -ISH1] * * *
smallmouth bass
/smawl"mowth' bas"/ a North American freshwater game fish, Micropterus dolomieu, yellowish-green above and lighter below, having the lower jaw extending to the eye. Cf. ...
small·mouth bass (smôlʹmouth' băs) n. A North American freshwater food and game fish (Micropterus dolomieui) having a shorter upper jaw than the similar largemouth bass. * * ...
See smallish. * * *
small potatoes pl.n. Informal 1. A person or thing regarded as unimportant. 2. An insignificant amount or sum. * * *
/smawl"poks'/, n. Pathol. an acute, highly contagious, febrile disease, caused by the variola virus, and characterized by a pustular eruption that often leaves permanent pits or ...
small print n. See fine print. * * *
/smawlz/, n. Robert, 1839-1915, U.S. captain in the Union navy and politician, born a slave in South Carolina: congressman 1875-79, 1882-87. * * *
Smalls, Robert
born April 5, 1839, Beaufort, S.C., U.S. died Feb. 22, 1915, Beaufort U.S. naval hero. Born to plantation slaves, he was taken to Charleston, S.C., where he worked as a hotel ...
Smalls (smôlz), Robert. 1839-1915. American Union soldier and politician. After being forced to serve in the Confederate Navy, he took command of a ship and delivered it to ...
/smawl"sawrd', -sohrd'/, n. a light, tapering sword for thrusting, formerly used in fencing or dueling. [1680-90; SMALL + SWORD] * * *
small talk n. Casual or trivial conversation. * * *
small·time or small-time (smôlʹtīmʹ) adj. Informal Insignificant or unimportant; minor: a smalltime actor.   smallʹtimʹer n. * * *
small time n. Informal A modest or minor level of attainment in a competitive field: a critical success that took her from the small time all the way to Hollywood. * * *
See smalltime. * * *
Smallwood, Joey
orig. Joseph Roberts Smallwood born Dec. 24, 1900, Gambo, Nfd. died Dec. 17, 1991, St. Johns, Nfd., Can. Canadian politician. He worked for socialist publications in New York ...
Smallwood, Joseph Roberts
▪ Canadian politician byname  Joey Smallwood  born December 24, 1900, Gambo, Newfoundland [Canada] died December 17, 1991, St. Johns, Nfd., Can.       Canadian ...
/smawlt/, n. a coloring agent made of blue glass produced by fusing silica, potassium carbonate, and cobalt oxide, used in powdered form to add color to vitreous ...
/smawl"tuyt/, n. a mineral, originally thought to have been a diarsenide of cobalt, CoAs2, but which is actually a skutterudite rich in cobalt. Also, smaltine /smawl"tin, ...
/smahl"toh, smawl"-/; It. /zmahl"taw/, n., pl. smaltos, It. smalti /-tee/. 1. colored glass or similar vitreous material used in mosaic. 2. a piece of this. [1695-1705; < It < ...
/smar"agd/, n. Rare. emerald. [1225-75; ME smaragde < OF smaragde, esmaragde; see EMERALD] * * *
/smeuh rag"din/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to emeralds. 2. emerald-green in color. n. 3. Rare. smaragd. [1350-1400; ME: smaragd < L smaragdinus < Gk smarágdinos, equiv. to ...
/smeuh rag"duyt/, n. Mineral. a green, foliated member of the amphibole group. [1795-1805; < F < Gk smáragd(os) SMARAGD + F -ite -ITE1] * * *
/smahrm/, n. behavior or speech that is smarmy. [1935-40; back formation from SMARMY] * * *
See smarmy. * * *
—smarmily, adv. /smahr"mee/, adj., smarmier, smarmiest. excessively or unctuously flattering, ingratiating, servile, etc.: the emcee with the smarmy welcome. [1905-10; smarm, ...
—smartingly, adv. —smartly, adv. —smartness, n. /smahrt/, v., adj., smarter, smartest, adv., n. v.i. 1. to be a source of sharp, local, and usually superficial pain, as a ...
smart aleck
—smart-alecky, smart-aleck, adj. /al"ik/ 1. an obnoxiously conceited person. 2. a wise guy. [1860-65, Amer.; generic use of Aleck, nickname for Alexander] * * *
smart ass
Slang (sometimes vulgar). a wise guy; know-it-all. Also, smart-ass, smartass. [1905-10] * * *
smart bomb
Mil. Slang. a steerable air-to-surface bomb that is guided to its target by television or a laser beam. [1970-75] * * * Bomb with a guidance system that directs its path toward ...
smart card
smart card n. Informal a plastic card with memory provided by an embedded integrated circuit, used for banking transactions, identification, etc. * * *
smart drink
smart drink n. a nonalcoholic drink, with a base such as fruit juice, containing one or more smart drugs * * *
smart drug
smart drug n. a substance, as a legal drug, botanical, vitamin, or mineral, believed by some to enhance a person's memory, concentration, and general cognitive ability * * *
smart money
1. money invested or wagered by experienced investors or bettors. 2. such knowledgeable investors or bettors. 3. Law. punitive or exemplary damages. [1685-95] * * *
smart set
sophisticated, fashionable people as a group: a shop catering to the smart set. [1885-90] * * *
Smart, Christopher
▪ English poet born April 11, 1722, Shipbourne, Kent, Eng. died May 21, 1771, London  English religious poet, best known for A Song to David (1763), in praise of the author ...
/smahrt"al'ik/, n. 1. See smart aleck. adj. 2. smart-alecky. * * *
See smart aleck. * * *
See smart-aleck. * * *
/smahrt"as'/, Slang (sometimes vulgar). adj. 1. Also, smart-assed, smartassed. characteristic of a smart ass or wise guy. n. 2. See smart ass. [1955-60] * * *
Orthodox Hindu sect consisting of members of higher castes who worship all the gods of the Hindu pantheon and adhere to rules of ritual and conduct laid down in ancient ...
Smarta sect
▪ Hinduism       orthodox Hindu sect composed of members of the “twice-born,” or initiated upper classes ( Brahman, Kshatriya, and Vaishya), whose primarily ...
smart al·eck (ălʹĭk) n. Informal 1. A person regarded as obnoxiously self-assertive. 2. An impudent person.   [Perhaps afterAleck Hoag, 19th-century American confidence man ...
smartass or smart-ass [smärt′as΄] n. Slang a person who is annoyingly or obnoxiously cocky, knowing, flippant, etc.; wiseguy adj. Slang annoyingly cocky, knowing, etc.: also ...
smart bomb n. A bomb that can be guided by radio waves or a laser beam to its target. * * *
smart card n. A plastic card containing a computer chip and enabling the holder to purchase goods and services, enter restricted areas, access medical, financial, or other ...
smart drink n. Any of various nonalcoholic, usually fruit-based drinks typically containing vitamins and amino acids in a formula reputed to enhance mental functioning. * * *
smart drug n. Any of a variety of substances, including certain vitamins, herbs, and prescription drugs, reputed to improve such mental functions as memory and alertness or to ...
/smahr"tn/, v.t. 1. to make more trim or spruce; improve in appearance (usually fol. by up): Try to smarten up your outfit. 2. to make brisker, as a pace. 3. to sharpen the ...
n [pl] small sweets that are hard on the outside with chocolate inside. They are in several different colours and are very popular in Britain, especially with children: She ...
/smahr"tish/, adj. 1. rather smart; fairly intelligent or quick-witted: smartish answers on a quiz. 2. rather fashionable; fairly chic or exclusive: a smartish new restaurant. 3. ...
See smart. * * *
smart money n. 1. Games. Bets or a bet placed by experienced gamblers or those having privileged information. 2. Informal. a. Experienced, well-informed investors: Smart money ...
See smartly. * * *
smart terminal n. A terminal that has a microprocessor and therefore has some processing capabilities independent of the host computer. * * *
/smahrt"weed'/, n. any of several weeds of the genus Polygonum, having a smarting, acrid juice. [1780-90; SMART + WEED1] * * *
/smahr"tee/, n., pl. smarties. a smart aleck. [1860-65, Amer.; SMART + -Y2] * * *
/smahr"tee pants'/, n. (used with a sing. v.) smarty. [1915-20] * * *
—smashable, adj. /smash/, v.t. 1. to break to pieces with violence and often with a crashing sound, as by striking, letting fall, or dashing against something; shatter: He ...
smash hit
a person or thing that is overwhelmingly successful or popular: Both the play and the movie based on it were smash hits. * * *
smash-mouth [smash′mouth΄] adj. designating or of a style of football characterized by rough, aggressive play and, typically, strong offensive rushing * * *
/smash"up'/, n. a complete smash, esp. a wreck of one or more vehicles. [1855-60, Amer.; n. use of v. phrase smash up] * * *
/smasht/, adj. Slang. drunk. [1955-60; SMASH + -ED2] * * *
/smash"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that smashes. 2. a person or thing that is excellent, impressive, extraordinary, or the like: That new off-Broadway show is a real ...
—smashingly, adv. /smash"ing/, adj. 1. impressive or wonderful: a smashing display. 2. crushing or devastating: a smashing defeat. [1825-35; SMASH + -ING2] * * *
Smashing Pumpkins
▪ American rock group       American band, one of the most popular and influential alternative rock groups of the 1990s. Founded by guitarist and songwriter Billy Corgan ...
See smashing. * * *
smashup [smash′up΄] n. 1. a wreck or collision, esp. one that does great damage 2. complete defeat or failure; ruin 3. any disaster or catastrophe * * * smash·up ...
/smat"euhr/, v.t. 1. to speak (a language, words, etc.) with superficial knowledge or understanding. 2. to dabble in. n. 3. slight or superficial knowledge; smattering. [1300-50; ...
See smatter. * * *
—smatteringly, adv. /smat"euhr ing/, n. 1. a slight, superficial, or introductory knowledge of something: a smattering of Latin. adj. 2. slight or superficial. [1530-40; ...
/smayz/, n. a mixture of haze and smoke. [1950-55; SM(OKE) + (H)AZE1] * * *
senile macular degeneration. * * *
—smearer, n. /smear/, v.t. 1. to spread or daub (an oily, greasy, viscous, or wet substance) on or over something: to smear butter on bread. 2. to spread or daub an oily, ...
smear campaign
a campaign to tarnish the reputation of a public figure, esp. by vilification or innuendo. * * *
smear word
a slanderous, vilifying epithet. * * *
/smear"sheet'/, n. a newspaper, magazine, or other periodical specializing in gossip, scandal, malicious innuendo, etc. [1950-55] * * *
/smear"kays'/, n. Chiefly North Midland U.S. any soft cheese suitable for spreading or eating with a spoon, esp. a sour cottage cheese. Also, smiercase, schmierkase. [1820-30, ...
See smeary. * * *
—smeariness, n. /smear"ee/, adj., smearier, smeariest. 1. showing smears; smeared. 2. tending to smear or soil. [1520-30; SMEAR + -Y1] * * *
/smeet"n/, n. John 1724-92, English engineer. * * *
Smeaton, John
born June 8, 1724, Austhorpe, Yorkshire, Eng. died Oct. 28, 1792, Austhorpe British civil engineer. In 1756–59 he rebuilt the Eddystone Lighthouse (off Plymouth), during ...
/smek"tik/, adj. Physical Chem. (of liquid crystals) noting a mesomorphic state in which the arrangement of the molecules is in layers or planes. Cf. nematic. [1665-75 for ...
/smek"tuyt'/, n. Mineral. montmorillonite. [1805-15; < Gk smekt(ós) smeared + -ITE1] * * *
▪ religious historian       acronym under which was published (1641) in England a book upholding the Presbyterian (Reformed and Presbyterian churches) theory of the ...
/smed"lee/, n. a male given name. * * *
Smedley, Agnes
▪ American journalist and writer born Feb. 23, 1892, Campground, Mo., U.S. died May 6, 1950, Oxford, Eng.       journalist and writer best known for a series of ...
/smeg"meuh/, n. a thick, cheeselike, sebaceous secretion that collects beneath the foreskin or around the clitoris. [1810-20; < L < Gk smêgma unguent, soap, cleansing ...
To laugh, smile. 1. smirk, from Old English smercian, to smile (with -k- formative), from Germanic reshaped forms *smer-, *smar-. 2. smile, from Middle English smilen, to smile, ...
—smellable, adj. —smell-less, adj. /smel/, v., smelled or smelt, smelling, n. v.t. 1. to perceive the odor or scent of through the nose by means of the olfactory nerves; ...
/smel"euhr/, n. 1. a person who smells. 2. a person who tests by smelling. 3. Informal. the nose. 4. a tactile hair or process, as one of the whiskers of a cat; a ...
Smellie, William
▪ Scottish physician born 1697, Lanark, Lanark, Scot. died March 5, 1763, Lanark       Scottish obstetrician who was the first to teach obstetrics and midwifery on a ...
smelling bottle
a small bottle or vial for holding smelling salts or perfume. [1765-75] * * *
smelling salts
a preparation for smelling, essentially of ammonium carbonate with some agreeable scent, used as a stimulant and restorative. [1830-40] * * *
smell·ing salts (smĕlʹĭng) pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Any of various preparations of ammonium carbonate and perfume, sniffed as a restorative or stimulant ...
—smelliness, n. /smel"ee/, adj., smellier, smelliest. emitting a strong or unpleasant odor; reeking. [1860-65; SMELL + -Y1] * * *
Smelser, Neil Joseph
▪ American sociologist born July 22, 1930, Kahoka, Mo., U.S.       American sociologist noted for work on the application of sociological theory to the study of ...
smelt1 /smelt/, v.t. 1. to fuse or melt (ore) in order to separate the metal contained. 2. to obtain or refine (metal) in this way. [1535-45; prob. < MD or MLG smelten; c. G ...
/smel"teuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that smelts. 2. a person who owns or works in a place where ores are smelted. 3. a place where ores are smelted. [1425-75; late ME; see ...
/smel"teuh ree/, n., pl. smelteries. smelter (def. 3). [1805-15; SMELT1 + -ERY] * * *
Process by which a metal is obtained from its ore, either as the element or as a simple compound, usually by heating beyond the melting point, ordinarily in the presence of ...
▪ king of Egypt also called  Nesbenebded  flourished 11th century BCE       king of ancient Egypt (Egypt, ancient) (1070–44 BCE), founder of the 21st dynasty ...
▪ king of Egypt flourished 14th century BCE       king (reigned 1335–32 BCE) of the 18th dynasty (Egypt, ancient) (1539–1292 BCE) of ancient Egypt (Egypt, ancient), ...
Smet, Pierre-Jean de
▪ Jesuit missionary born January 30, 1801, Termonde [now in Belgium] died May 23, 1873, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.  Belgian-born Jesuit missionary (mission) whose pioneering ...
/sme"tah nah/; Eng. /smet"n euh/, n. Bedrich Czech. /be"drddzhikh/ 1824-84, Czech composer. * * *
Smetana, Bedřich
born March 2, 1824, Leitomischl, Bohemia, Austrian Empire died May 12, 1884, Prague Czech (Bohemian) composer. He was determined to become a pianist, but his first concert ...
Sme·ta·na (smĕtʹn-ə, smĕʹtä-nä), Bedřich. 1824-1884. Czech composer whose works include the opera The Bartered Bride (1866) and the cycle of tone poems My Country ...
Smetanina, Raisa
▪ Russian skier in full  Raisa Petrovna Smetanina  born Feb. 29, 1952, Komi, U.S.S.R. [now in Russia]       Russian Nordic skier who competed in five Winter Olympics ...
/smedh"ik/, n. a city in West Midlands, in central England, near Birmingham. 163,388. * * *
Smetona, Antanas
▪ president of Lithuania born Aug. 10, 1874, Ukmergė District, Lithuania, Russian Empire died Jan. 9, 1944, Cleveland       Lithuanian statesman and journalist who in ...
/smyooh/, n. a Eurasian duck, Mergus albellus, closely akin to mergansers: the male is white marked with black and gray. [1665-75; orig. uncert.] * * *
To be(come) proud, lofty, joyful. Simchat Torah, from Hebrew śimḥat, bound form of śimḥâ, joy, rejoicing, from śāmēaḥ, to rejoice. * * *
Smibert, John
▪ American painter Smibert also spelled  Smybert   born April 2, 1688, Edinburgh, Scotland died March 2, 1751, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.       Scottish-born painter ...
smidge [smij] n. [Informal] short for SMIDGEN * * *
/smij"euhn/, n. a very small amount: a smidgen of jam for your toast. Also, smidgin, smidgeon. [1835-45; orig. uncert.] * * *
/smear"kays'/, n. smearcase. * * *
▪ city, Ukraine Russian  Smela        city, Ukraine, on the Tyasmyn (Tiasmyn) River. The city was first established as a Cossack settlement in the late 16th century. ...
/smuy"laks/, n. 1. any plant belonging to the genus Smilax, of the lily family, growing in tropical and temperate zones, consisting mostly of vines having woody stems. 2. a ...
—smileless, adj. —smilelessly, adv. —smilelessness, n. —smiler, n. —smilingly, adv. /smuyl/, v., smiled, smiling, n. v.i. 1. to assume a facial expression indicating ...
smile face
a drawing of a face consisting of a usually yellow circle with an upturned curve for a smile and two dots for eyes. Also, smiley face. * * *
See smile. * * *
(1812–1904) a Scottish writer and teacher. He believed that people could improve themselves and have better lives, and wrote books about people who had done this, including ...
Smiles, Samuel
▪ Scottish writer born Dec. 23, 1812, Haddington, Berwickshire, Scot. died April 16, 1904, London  Scottish author best known for his didactic work Self-Help (1859), which, ...
/smuy"lee/, n., pl. smileys. a sideways smile face, :-), or similar combination of symbols, as ;-), a winking face, or :-(, a sad face, used to communicate humor, sarcasm, ...
/smuy"lee/, n. Jane, born 1949, U.S. novelist. * * *
smiley face
smiley face n. a stylized representation of a smiling face, typically a yellow circle with dots for eyes and a curved line for a smile, used as in a memo to suggest approval, a ...
Smiley, Jane
▪ American author in full  Jane Graves Smiley  born Sept. 26, 1949, Los Angeles, Calif., U.S.       American novelist known for her lyrical works that centre on ...
Smiley, Tavis
▪ 2007       The ubiquitous media commentator Tavis Smiley scored a double success in 2006 with the publication of A Covenant with Black America. When the book hit ...
See smiler. * * *
(1961– ) a British television presenter, best known for presenting the BBC home decoration series Changing Rooms in which two couples redecorate a room in each other’s houses ...

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