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- v. To make something smooth.
- v. To become smooth.
- v. To remove irregularities or imperfections.
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- v. free from obstructions
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Ferrol remembered to smooth out his face before turning around.
At the moment when American irritation had been most keen over the blockade and the blacklist, Page had persuaded the Foreign Office to invite to England Mr. Frank L. Polk, at that time Counsellor of the Department; the Ambassador believed that a few conversations between such an intelligent gentleman as Mr. Polk and the British statesmen would smooth out all the points which were then making things so difficult.
In evolution generally, major mutations, even if they cause improvements in generally the right direction, almost always require a lot of subsequent tinkering – a sweeping-up operation by lots of small mutations that come along later and are favoured by selection because they smooth out the rough edges left by the initial large mutation.
Modularity was supposed to make evolutionary changes simple—to smooth out a rugged evolutionary landscape.
"Yes; to smooth out all the ill-humoured wrinkles and frowns, I suppose."
A Barbie-sized waist, and hips that curved just right down into long, lean legs with just enough fat content to smooth out any bones.
To the majority, the leaders above all who needed all the time possible to improve the combat readiness of their commands, the extended period in waiting was welcome, a heavensent opportunity to smooth out the rough edges among troops who were conditioned to barrack life.
Pruno came farther out and tried to smooth out the flattened cardboard box and stinking blanket he was sitting on.