Meaning of SMEAR in English

SMEAR

transcription, транскрипция: [ smɪə(r) ]

( smears, smearing, smeared)

1.

If you smear a surface with an oily or sticky substance or smear the substance onto the surface, you spread a layer of the substance over the surface.

My sister smeared herself with suntan oil and slept by the swimming pool...

Smear a little olive oil over the inside of the salad bowl.

VERB : V n with n , V n prep

2.

A smear is a dirty or oily mark.

There was a smear of gravy on his chin.

N-COUNT : oft N of n

3.

To smear someone means to spread unpleasant and untrue rumours or accusations about them in order to damage their reputation. ( JOURNALISM )

...an attempt to smear the director-general of the BBC.

VERB : V n

4.

A smear is an unpleasant and untrue rumour or accusation that is intended to damage someone’s reputation. ( JOURNALISM )

He puts all the accusations down to a smear campaign by his political opponents.

= slur

N-COUNT : oft N n

5.

A smear or a smear test is a medical test in which a few cells are taken from a woman’s cervix and examined to see if any cancer cells are present. ( BRIT; in AM, use pap smear , pap test )

N-COUNT

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