Meaning of SMEAR in English

SMEAR

v. & n.

--v.tr.

1. daub or mark with a greasy or sticky substance or with something that stains.

2 blot; smudge; obscure the outline of (writing, artwork, etc.).

3 defame the character of; slander; attempt to or succeed in discrediting (a person or his name) publicly.

--n.

1. the act or an instance of smearing.

2 Med. a material smeared on a microscopic slide etc. for examination. b a specimen of this.

Phrases and idioms:

smear test cervical smear.

Derivatives:

smearer n. smeary adj.

Etymology: OE smierwan f. Gmc

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.