Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A unit of measurement equal to five feet, seven inches (1.7018 meters), often cited when discussing the inherent arbitrariness of measurement units.

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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Oliver Smoot, Jr. (born 1940), whose height was used as the basis for the measurement.]

Examples

  • 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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  • Category: julianne smoot, lea berman, meet the new boss, social secretary

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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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  • 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...

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  • 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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