American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To spread or daub with a sticky, greasy, or dirty substance.
- v. To apply by spreading or daubing: smeared suntan lotion on my face and arms.
- v. To stain by or as if by spreading or daubing with a sticky, greasy, or dirty substance.
- v. To stain or attempt to destroy the reputation of; vilify: political enemies who smeared his name.
- v. Slang To defeat utterly; smash.
- v. To be or become stained or dirtied.
- n. A mark made by smearing; a spot or blot.
- n. A substance to be spread on a surface.
- n. Biology A sample, as of blood or bacterial cells, spread on a slide for microscopic examination or on the surface of a culture medium.
- n. Vilification or slander.
- n. A vilifying or slanderous remark.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Fat; grease; ointment.
- n. A spot, blotch, or stain made by, or as if by, some unctuous substanee rubbed upon a surface.
- n. In sugar manufacturing, the technical term for fermentation.
- n. In pottery, a mixture of glazing materials in water, used for coating articles before they are placed in the saggars of the glazing-furnace.
- To overspread with ointment; anoint.
- To overspread thickly, irregularly, or in blotches with anything unctuous, viscous, or adhesive; besmear; daub.
- To overspread too thickly, especially to the violation of good taste; paint, or otherwise adorn with something applied to a surface, in a way that is overdone or tawdry.
- To soil; contaminate; pollute.
- Synonyms To bedaub, begrime.
- To tarnish, sully.
- n. The soft, semi-fluid mud of calcium sulphate left in the generators when whiting and sulphuric acid were used to produce carbon-dioxid gas in the manufacture of aërated waters.
- n. In bacteriology, a preparation of bacteria for microscopical examination made by smearing the organisms upon a slide or cover-glass. Also called spread. See culture.
- To give a gloss to (pottery or stoneware) without glazing, as by putting a volatile flux or glazing preparation in the kiln or in the saggar with the ware. See smearglaze and smearing.
- v. transitive To spread (a substance, especially one that colours or is dirty) across a surface by rubbing.
- v. transitive To have a substance smeared on (a surface).
- v. transitive To damage someone's reputation by slandering, misrepresenting, or otherwise making false accusations about an individual, their statements, or their actions.
- v. intransitive To become spread by smearing.
- n. A mark made by smearing.
- n. medicine A Pap smear.
- n. A false attack.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To overspread with anything unctuous, viscous, or adhesive; to daub.
- v. To soil in any way; to contaminate; to pollute; to stain morally.
- v. To smudge, blur, or render indistinct (writing, pictures, etc.).
- v. to vilify (a person); to damage (a person's reputation), especially falsely or by unfair innuendo, and with malicious intent.
- n. A fat, oily substance; oinment.
- n. Hence, a spot made by, or as by, an unctuous or adhesive substance; a blot or blotch; a daub; a stain.
- v. cover (a surface) by smearing (a substance) over it
- v. make a smudge on; soil by smudging
- n. a blemish made by dirt
- v. charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
- v. stain by smearing or daubing with a dirty substance
- n. slanderous defamation
- n. an act that brings discredit to the person who does it
- n. a thin tissue or blood sample spread on a glass slide and stained for cytologic examination and diagnosis under a microscope
- Middle English smeren, to anoint, from Old English smerian. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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