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smear

 (smîr)
v. smeared, smear·ing, smears
v.tr.
1.
a. To spread or daub (a surface, for example) with a sticky, greasy, or dirty substance.
b. To apply by spreading or daubing: smeared suntan lotion on my face and arms.
c. To cause to be blurry or spread in unwanted places: The ink on the poster was smeared.
2. To stain or attempt to destroy the reputation of; vilify: political enemies who smeared his name.
3. Slang To defeat utterly.
v.intr.
To spread easily in an undesired way: This mascara smears when it gets wet.
n.
1. A mark made by smearing; a spot or blot.
2. A substance to be spread on a surface.
3. Biology A sample, as of blood or bacterial cells, spread on a slide for microscopic examination or on the surface of a culture medium.
4.
a. Vilification or slander.
b. A vilifying or slanderous remark.

[Middle English smeren, to anoint, from Old English smerian.]

smear

(smɪə)
vb (mainly tr)
1. to bedaub or cover with oil, grease, etc
2. to rub over or apply thickly
3. to rub so as to produce a smudge
4. to slander
5. slang US to defeat completely
6. (intr) to be or become smeared or dirtied
n
7. a dirty mark or smudge
8.
a. a slanderous attack
b. (as modifier): smear tactics.
9. (Medicine) a preparation of blood, secretions, etc, smeared onto a glass slide for examination under a microscope
[Old English smeoru (n); related to Old Norse smjör fat, Old High German smero, Greek muron ointment]
ˈsmearer n

smear

(smɪər)

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, greasy, viscous, or wet substance on.
3. to stain, spot, or make dirty with something oily, greasy, viscous, or wet.
4. to sully, vilify, or soil (a reputation, good name, etc.).
5. to smudge or blur, as by rubbing: The signature was smeared.
6. Slang. to defeat decisively; overwhelm.
n.
7. an oily, greasy, viscous, or wet substance, esp. a dab of such a substance.
8. a stain, spot, or mark made by such a substance.
9. a smudge.
10. vilification; defamation.
11. something smeared or to be smeared on a thing, as a glaze for pottery.
12. a small quantity of something spread thinly on a slide for microscopic examination.
[before 900; (v.) Middle English smeren, smirien to rub with fat, anoint, Old English smirian, c. OHG smirwen, Old Norse smyrja, smyrwa]
smear′er, n.

Smear

 of curriers: a company of men skilled in dressing and colouring tanned leather, 1476.
Examples: smear of curriers, 1486; of gynaecologists—Mensa.

smear


Past participle: smeared
Gerund: smearing

Imperative
smear
smear
Present
I smear
you smear
he/she/it smears
we smear
you smear
they smear
Preterite
I smeared
you smeared
he/she/it smeared
we smeared
you smeared
they smeared
Present Continuous
I am smearing
you are smearing
he/she/it is smearing
we are smearing
you are smearing
they are smearing
Present Perfect
I have smeared
you have smeared
he/she/it has smeared
we have smeared
you have smeared
they have smeared
Past Continuous
I was smearing
you were smearing
he/she/it was smearing
we were smearing
you were smearing
they were smearing
Past Perfect
I had smeared
you had smeared
he/she/it had smeared
we had smeared
you had smeared
they had smeared
Future
I will smear
you will smear
he/she/it will smear
we will smear
you will smear
they will smear
Future Perfect
I will have smeared
you will have smeared
he/she/it will have smeared
we will have smeared
you will have smeared
they will have smeared
Future Continuous
I will be smearing
you will be smearing
he/she/it will be smearing
we will be smearing
you will be smearing
they will be smearing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been smearing
you have been smearing
he/she/it has been smearing
we have been smearing
you have been smearing
they have been smearing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been smearing
you will have been smearing
he/she/it will have been smearing
we will have been smearing
you will have been smearing
they will have been smearing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been smearing
you had been smearing
he/she/it had been smearing
we had been smearing
you had been smearing
they had been smearing
Conditional
I would smear
you would smear
he/she/it would smear
we would smear
you would smear
they would smear
Past Conditional
I would have smeared
you would have smeared
he/she/it would have smeared
we would have smeared
you would have smeared
they would have smeared
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.smear - slanderous defamationsmear - slanderous defamation    
calumniation, calumny, defamation, hatchet job, traducement, obloquy - a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
2.smear - a thin tissue or blood sample spread on a glass slide and stained for cytologic examination and diagnosis under a microscope
alimentary tract smear - any of several cytologic smears obtained from different parts of the alimentary tract; obtained by specialized lavage techniques and used mainly to diagnose cancer in those parts
cervical smear, Pap smear, Papanicolaou smear - a sample of secretions and superficial cells of the uterine cervix and uterus; examined with a microscope to detect any abnormal cells
bronchoscopic smear, lower respiratory tract smear, sputum smear - any of several cytologic smears obtained from different parts of the lower respiratory tract; used for cytologic study of cancer and other diseases of the lungs
vaginal smear - smear taken from the vaginal mucosa for cytological analysis
cytologic specimen - a specimen used for cytologic examination and diagnosis
3.smear - a blemish made by dirtsmear - a blemish made by dirt; "he had a smudge on his cheek"
blemish, mar, defect - a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body); "a facial blemish"
blotch, splodge, splotch - an irregularly shaped spot
fingermark, fingerprint - a smudge made by a (dirty) finger
inkblot - a blot made with ink
4.smear - an act that brings discredit to the person who does it; "he made a huge blot on his copybook"
error, fault, mistake - a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention; "he made a bad mistake"; "she was quick to point out my errors"; "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"
Verb1.smear - stain by smearing or daubing with a dirty substance
moil - moisten or soil; "Her tears moiled the letter"
smirch, besmirch - smear so as to make dirty or stained
begrime, bemire, colly, dirty, grime, soil - make soiled, filthy, or dirty; "don't soil your clothes when you play outside!"
2.smear - make a smudge on; soil by smudging
rub - move over something with pressure; "rub my hands"; "rub oil into her skin"
resmudge - smudge again
dust - rub the dust over a surface so as to blur the outlines of a shape; "The artist dusted the charcoal drawing down to a faint image"
3.smear - cover (a surface) by smearing (a substance) over it; "smear the wall with paint"; "daub the ceiling with plaster"
blood - smear with blood, as in a hunting initiation rite, where the face of a person is smeared with the blood of the kill
daub - apply to a surface; "daub paint onto the wall"
cover - provide with a covering or cause to be covered; "cover her face with a handkerchief"; "cover the child with a blanket"; "cover the grave with flowers"
4.smear - charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone; "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"
accuse, charge - blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; "he charged the director with indifference"
assassinate - destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation; "He assassinated his enemy's character"
libel - print slanderous statements against; "The newspaper was accused of libeling him"
badmouth, drag through the mud, malign, traduce - speak unfavorably about; "She badmouths her husband everywhere"

smear

verb
1. spread over, daub, rub on, cover, coat, plaster, bedaub Smear a little olive oil over the inside of the salad bowl.
2. slander, tarnish, malign, vilify, blacken, sully, besmirch, traduce, calumniate, asperse, drag (someone's) name through the mud a crude attempt to smear her
3. smudge, soil, dirty, stain, sully, besmirch, smirch a face covered by a heavy beard, smeared with dirt

smear

verb
1. To spread with a greasy, sticky, or dirty substance:
2. To contaminate the reputation of:
Idioms: give a black eye to, sling mud on.
3. Slang. To render totally ineffective by decisive defeat:
Informal: massacre, wallop.
noun
1. A discolored mark made by smearing:
2. An attempt to destroy someone's reputation:
Translations
إفْتِراء لِتَشْويه السُّمْعَهفَحْصُ عُنْقِ الرَّحْملَطْخَه، بُقْعَهيَدْهَن، يَطْلييُشَوِّه سُمْعَة
pomazatpomluvapošpinitrozmazatskvrna
bagvaskelsepletrakke ned påsmear-testsmøre
panetellapapa-koe
mazatipapa test
bemocskolelkenzsírfolt
ata/klína útklessa, bletturrógburîursmyrja, atasverta mannorî meî rógburîi
塗沫検査
도말 표본 검사
apkalbaišsiterliotiišterliotisutepti gerą vardą
apmelojumsapmelotcelt neslavuizsmērētizsmērēties
pošpiniť
madežrazmazati
cellprov
การตรวจภายใน
xét nghiệm phết tế bào cổ tử cung

smear

[smɪəʳ]
A. N
1. (= mark) → mancha f
2. (fig) (= libel) → calumnia f
3. (Med) → frotis m
B. VT
1.untar
to smear one's face with blooduntarse la cara de sangre
to smear wet paintmanchar la pintura fresca
2. [+ print, lettering etc] → borrar
3. (fig) (= libel) → calumniar, difamar
to smear sb as a traitortachar a algn de traidor
to smear sb because of his pasttachar a algn por su pasado
4. (US) (= defeat) → derrotar sin esfuerzo
C. VI [paint, ink etc] → correrse
D. CPD smear campaign Ncampaña f de difamación
smear tactics NPLtácticas fpl de difamación
smear test N (Med) → frotis m, citología f

smear

[ˈsmɪər]
n
(= dirty mark) → tache f, salissure f
a smear of sth → une tache de qch
a smear of blue paint → une tache de peinture bleue
(= medical test) → frottis m
(= false rumour) → calomnie f
vt
to smear sth with sth [+ oil, grease, cream] → enduire qch de qch
Smear a little olive oil around the inside of the bowl → Enduisez l'intérieur du saladier d'un peu d'huile d'olive.
to be smeared with sth (= dirtied) → être maculé(e) de qch
His hands were smeared with ink → Il avait les mains maculées d'encre.
(= spread rumours about) [+ person] → porter atteinte àsmear campaign ncampagne f de diffamationsmear tactics nplprocédés mpl diffamatoiressmear test n (British)frottis m

smear

nverschmierter Fleck; (fig)Beschmutzung f, → Verleumdung f; (Med) → Abstrich m; he had smears of blood/grease on his handser hatte blut-/fettbeschmierte Hände; this left a smear on the institutiondas hinterließ einen Fleck auf dem guten Namen der Institution; he angrily repudiated their smearsempört wies er ihre Verleumdungen zurück
vt
grease, ointmentschmieren; (= spread)verschmieren; (= mark, make dirty)beschmieren; face, bodyeinschmieren; don’t smear the paintverschmiere die Farbe nicht!
(fig) personverunglimpfen; sb’s reputation, namebeschmutzen, besudeln; organizationin den Schmutz ziehen
vi (glass)verschmieren; (print)verschmiert or verwischt werden; (ballpoint pen)schmieren; (paint, ink)verlaufen

smear

:
smear campaign
smear tactics
plVerleumdungstaktiken pl
smear test
n (Med) → Abstrich m
smear word
nSchimpfwort nt

smear

[smɪəʳ]
1. n (smudge) → traccia; (dirty mark, also) (fig) → macchia; (insult) → calunnia (Med) → striscio
2. vt
a. (butter) → spalmare
to smear cream on one's hands, smear one's hands with cream → spalmarsi le mani di crema
b. (make dirty) → sporcare; (smudge, ink, paint) → sbavare
the page was smeared → c'erano delle sbavature sulla pagina
his hands were smeared with oil/ink → aveva le mani sporche di olio/inchiostro
c. (fig) (libel) → calunniare, diffamare
3. vi (paint, ink) → sbavare

smear

(smiə) verb
1. to spread (something sticky or oily) over a surface. The little boy smeared jam on the chair.
2. to make or become blurred; to smudge. He brushed against the newly painted notice and smeared the lettering.
3. to try to discredit (a person etc) by slandering him. He has been spreading false stories in an attempt to smear us.
noun
1. a mark made by smearing.
2. a piece of slander.

smear

فَحْصُ عُنْقِ الرَّحْم výtěr z děložního hrdla smear-test Abstrich τεστ Παπανικολάου citología papa-koe frottis papa test Pap test 塗沫検査 도말 표본 검사 uitstrijkje celleprøve wymaz papanicolau мазок со слизистой оболочки шейки матки cellprov การตรวจภายใน Pap smear testi xét nghiệm phết tế bào cổ tử cung 宫颈涂片检查

smear

n. frotis, unto;
v. untar, embarrar.

smear

n (micro) frotis m; blood — frotis de sangre; Papanicolaou — (form), Pap — citología cervical or exfoliativa (form), citología (fam), prueba de Papanicolaou, prueba que se hace durante el examen pélvico con el fin de detectar cáncer cervical
References in classic literature ?
He laid one lean inquiring finger on the small smear, just under the lock, which Superintendent Seegrave had already noticed, when he reproved the women-servants for all crowding together into the room.
Before we go a step further in this business we must see the petticoat that made the smear, and we must know for certain when that paint was wet.
There is a smear on the painting of your door, here.
The next thing to discover is when the paint was last seen without that smear.
Hearing that this was impossible, he next sent for a magnifying-glass, and tried how the smear looked, seen that way.
Find out (first) whether there is any article of dress in this house with the smear of the paint on it.
One of the doctors came out of the tent in a bloodstained apron, holding a cigar between the thumb and little finger of one of his small bloodstained hands, so as not to smear it.
When she took the paste out to bake it, she left smears of dough sticking to the sides of the measure, put the measure on the shelf behind the stove, and let this residue ferment.
nods and shambles and shivers, and smears and blinks, and half laughs and half cries, a farewell to her, and takes his creeping way along after Allan Woodcourt, close to the houses on the opposite side of the street.
A thorough review of the blood smear in conjunction with the patient's clinical picture and automated hematology analyzer results becomes invaluable in the diagnosis and clinical care pathway determination of many disease states, including leukemias and anemias.
1] Diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) mostly relies on identification of acid-fast bacilli (AFB) in sputum smear, but its limitation is low sensitivity.