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  • n. A unit of length defined as exactly sixty-seven inches (approximately 1.70 meters).
  • n. A small opening built into a dry-stone wall as a bolthole allowing a person to cross the wall while impeding the livestock.


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  • So a smoot is a Something - but what kind of something?

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  • A smoot is the height of a man - and not a man in the sense of men generally, or an average man, but

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  • Way back in 1958, the MIT chapter of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity used pledge Oliver R. Smoot to measure the Harvard Bridge in Massachusetts, coining the smoot as a unit of measurement in the process - one smoot equaling five feet, seven inches.


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  • Hillary will bring all her dirt and smoot to the Obama – and changes the keys to the Oval office each chance she gets!!!

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  • He would sit before the family goddess, staring fixedly at a spot of smoot smeared in the exact centre of copper tray, soon fall into a trance.

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  • Most places have Postdoctoral Offices with committed admin to help smoot the process.

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  • For anyone who teaches at a university contracting with Safe Assignment's plagiarism-detection service, please note that those of us at USF have had several serious problems with the service in the past week, from the failures to pass off cookies smoot...


  • September 14th, 2008 at 3: 29 am PDT your views are web 0.01 we are currently moving on to web 3.0 dear reply smoot

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  • Moyses zerde, with the whiche he made the Rede See departen, as it had ben a walle, on the righte syde and on the left syde, whils that the peple of Israel passeden the see drye foot: and with that zerde he smoot the roche; and the watre cam out of it: and with that zerde he dide manye wondres.

    The Voyages and Travels of Sir John Mandeville


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  • According to Wikipedia, the smoot "is a nonstandard unit of length created as part of an MIT fraternity prank. It is named after Oliver R. Smoot, a fraternity pledge to Lambda Chi Alpha, who in October 1958 lay on the Harvard Bridge (between Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts), and was used by his fraternity brothers to measure the length of the bridge." Sounds like fun.

    September 2, 2009

  • To me, this is a verb, and it means "fussing unnecessarily over plans, however inconsequential." The kind of behavior that makes other people on your work team want to say, "Dude! Chill!" even if they hate that type of speech.

    I smoot daily.

    June 10, 2008

  • From Wikipedia: "The smoot is a nonstandard unit of length created as part of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) fraternity prank. It is named after Oliver R. Smoot (class of 1962), an MIT fraternity pledge to Lambda Chi Alpha, who in October 1958 was used by his fraternity brothers to measure the length of the Harvard Bridge between Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts... the bridge's length was measured to be 364.4 smoots (620.1 m) plus or minus one ear."

    More here.

    June 10, 2008

  • tinyfossil, that definition makes me SO happy. I just love quirks that are specific to a particular place. :)

    August 19, 2007

  • Anyone? Anyone? The tariff bill? The Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act? Which, anyone? Raised or lowered? ...raised tariffs, in an effort to collect more revenue for the federal government. Did it work? Anyone?

    August 19, 2007

  • A hole or opening at the foot of a wall, the bottom of a fence or hedge, etc., esp. one allowing the passage of hares, rabbits, or sheep; a narrow passage or entrance in a beehive.


    August 19, 2007

  • I learned this term from IBM Fellow Jerry Woodall, who went to school with Oliver Smoot at MIT. If I recall correctly, he may even have been involved in the original measurement process. :-)

    December 28, 2006

  • December 19, 2006