fading away; dying out (a musical direction).
verb 1. a simple past tense of smite. verb (used with object), smote or (Obsolete) smit; smitten or smit; smiting. 1. to strike or hit hard, with or as with the hand, a stick, or other weapon: She smote him on the back with her umbrella. 2. to deliver or deal (a blow, hit, etc.) […]
verb (used with object) 1. to stifle or suffocate, as by smoke or other means of preventing free breathing. 2. to extinguish or deaden (fire, coals, etc.) by covering so as to exclude air. 3. to cover closely or thickly; envelop: to smother a steak with mushrooms. 4. to suppress or repress: to smother feelings. […]
noun, Chess. 1. checkmate delivered by a knight when the king’s mobility is restricted by his own pieces. smothered mate noun 1. (chess) checkmate given by a knight when the king is prevented from moving by surrounding men
- Smothered steak
noun a thick tenderized beef cut covered with vegetables and seasoning before slow-cooking; also called Swiss steak Usage Note cooking, mainly UK