verb (used without object)
to be a source of sharp, local, and usually superficial pain, as a wound.
to be the cause of a sharp, stinging pain, as an irritating application, a blow, etc.
to feel a sharp, stinging pain, as in a wound.
to suffer keenly from wounded feelings:
She smarted under their criticism.
to feel shame or remorse or to suffer in punishment or in return for something.
verb (used with object)
to cause a sharp pain to or in.
adjective, smarter, smartest.
quick or prompt in action, as persons.
having or showing quick intelligence or ready mental capability:
a smart student.
shrewd or sharp, as a person in dealing with others or as in business dealings:
a smart businessman.
clever, witty, or readily effective, as a speaker, speech, rejoinder, etc.
dashingly or impressively neat or trim in appearance, as persons, dress, etc.
socially elegant; sophisticated or fashionable:
the smart crowd.
sharply brisk, vigorous, or active:
to walk with smart steps.
sharply severe, as a blow, stroke, etc.
sharp or keen:
a smart pain.
(of a machine, system, etc.) equipped with electronic control mechanisms and capable of automated and seemingly intelligent operation:
smart copiers; smart weapons.
having properties that can be changed in response to stimuli or environmental conditions; self-regulating:
smart fabrics that respond to temperature or light.
Computers. intelligent (def 4).
Older Use. considerable; fairly large.
in a smart manner; smartly.
a sharp local pain, usually superficial, as from a wound, blow, or sting.
keen mental suffering, as from wounded feelings, affliction, grievous loss, etc.
smarts, Slang. intelligence; common sense:
He never had the smarts to use his opportunities.
astute, as in business; clever or bright
quick, witty, and often impertinent in speech: a smart talker
fashionable; chic: a smart hotel
causing a sharp stinging pain
vigorous or brisk
(dialect) considerable or numerous: a smart price
(of systems) operating as if by human intelligence by using automatic computer control
(of a projectile or bomb) containing a device that allows it to be guided to its target
verb (mainly intransitive)
to feel, cause, or be the source of a sharp stinging physical pain or keen mental distress: a nettle sting smarts, he smarted under their abuse
(often foll by for) to suffer a harsh penalty
a stinging pain or feeling
in a smart manner
Christopher. 1722–71, British poet, author of A Song to David (1763) and Jubilate Agno (written 1758–63, published 1939). He was confined (1756–63) for religious mania and died in a debtors’ prison
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- Smart quotes
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verb (used without object) 1. to be a source of sharp, local, and usually superficial pain, as a wound. 2. to be the cause of a sharp, stinging pain, as an irritating application, a blow, etc. 3. to feel a sharp, stinging pain, as in a wound. 4. to suffer keenly from wounded feelings: She […]
- Smart sanction
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