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sleek

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sleek having a smooth, gleaming surface reflecting light "glossy auburn hair","satiny gardenia petals","sleek black fur","silken eyelashes","silky skin","a silklike fabric","slick seals and otters"
    • adj sleek designed or arranged to offer the least resistant to fluid flow "a streamlined convertible"
    • adj sleek well-groomed and neatly tailored; especially too well-groomed "sleek figures in expensive clothes"
    • v sleek make slick or smooth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sleek A slick.
    • Sleek Having an even, smooth surface; smooth; hence, glossy; as, sleek hair. "So sleek her skin, so faultless was her make."
    • Sleek Not rough or harsh. "Those rugged names to our like mouths grow sleek ."
    • Sleek That which makes smooth; varnish.
    • v. t Sleek To make even and smooth; to render smooth, soft, and glossy; to smooth over. "Sleeking her soft alluring locks.""Gentle, my lord, sleek o'er your rugged looks."
    • adv Sleek With ease and dexterity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sleek Smooth; glossy; soft: as, sleek hair; a sleek skin.
    • sleek Oily; plausible; insinuating; flattering: as, a sleek rogue; a sleek tongue.
    • sleek Dexterous; skilful; neat in execution or action: as, a sleek or slick bowler.
    • n sleek A smooth, shining place or spot. Specifically— A place on the fur or hair of an animal which has been made sleek by licking or the like.
    • sleek To make smooth and glossy on the surface: as, to sleek or slick the hair.
    • sleek Technically— In currying and leather-dressing, to smooth the surface of (leather) by rubbing with an implement called a slicker.
    • sleek In hat-making, to attach (fur) to felt by hand-work.
    • sleek To smooth; remove roughness from.
    • sleek Figuratively, to calm; soothe.
    • sleek To move in a smooth manner; glide; sweep. Compare slike.
    • sleek In a sleek or slick manner; with ease and dexterity; neatly; skilfully.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sleek slēk smooth: glossy: soft, not rough: insinuating, plausible: dexterous
    • v.t Sleek to make smooth or glossy: to calm or soothe
    • v.i Sleek to glide
    • advs Sleek neatly
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. slik,; akin to Icel. slīkr, and OE. sliken, to glide, slide, G. schleichen, OHG. slīhhan, D. slik, slijk, mud, slime, and E. slink,. Cf. Slick Slink
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Ice. slíkr, sleek; cf. Dut. slijk, Ger. schlick, grease.

Usage

In literature:

The Wife of the Respected Farmer was the only Work Animal around the Place that was not kept Fat and Sleek.
"More Fables" by George Ade
Their voices fell to a gentle murmur, and the sergeant's sleek, well-brushed head bent closer to that of his listener.
"Odd Craft, Complete" by W.W. Jacobs
I was late for dinner, and found Beauty seated in my chair, sleek and dry, with a ravenously whetted appetite.
"The Idler, Volume III., Issue XIII., February 1893" by Various
He licked my hand, stretched and shook himself, lifted his shapely, sleek head and sniffed the wind.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
He was now fat and sleek and as kind and gentle as when so poor upon the terrible journey.
"Death Valley in '49" by William Lewis Manly
Their bodies are very clean and sleek, owing to their frequent bathing.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. III" by Robert Kerr
On these slopes of the Gandhamadana, all the trees are of sleek foliage and fruit.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
She was a little, slender brunette, with black eyes and burnished hair parted on one side and sleeked down over her head.
"Against The Grain" by Joris-Karl Huysmans
Her eye is as death to assassins, the brood of miasma and gloom, Foul shapes that grow sleek upon slaughter, as worms that are hid in a tomb.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 99., August 23, 1890." by Various
And she shook her sleek, fine head.
"The Reason Why" by Elinor Glyn
Usually one player at each table was of the sleek and graceful type, which marks the gambler.
"Port O' Gold" by Louis John Stellman
She and her sleek black coachman took counsel together, and his plan of escape was adopted.
"Strange True Stories of Louisiana" by George Washington Cable
He used his qualities of leadership for his individual advantage and eventually became sleek and prosperous.
"A Backward Glance at Eighty" by Charles A. Murdock
A thief is generally a rather sleek-looking person in his station.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 15, No. 87, March, 1875" by Various
They returned after a few moments, their faces shining, their hair wetted and sleeked down.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
I see your sleek muzzle in front!
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100, March 21, 1891" by Various
During the day, the animals reveled on the luxurious pasture, and in a week had become quite sleek and in good condition.
"The Mission" by Frederick Marryat
His horses, sleek, well fed, and rested, toss their heads impatiently.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series" by John Addington Symonds
Aunt Alice, who after twenty years of life with Uncle Arthur was both silent and sleek (for he fed her well), sighed and said nothing.
"Christopher and Columbus" by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
They have a sleek hide, a sharp claw and a sting in their tail.
"Around The Tea-Table" by T. De Witt Talmage
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In poetry:

The diamonds shone like broken glass
Upon the midnight street
And all atop the walls were wet
Their white eyes glint & sleek
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
Had the red grape died a grape;
Nor, sleek daughter of the vine,
Found her unknown soul take shape
In the wild flow of the wine:
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
"Her shape was like the reed so sleek,
So taper, strait, and fair;
Her dimpled smile, her blushing cheek,
How charming sweet they were!
"Nancy of the Vale" by William Shenstone
Unyoked, the patient sleek-skinned steers
Take, like their lords, no heed of time.
Hark! now the evening star appears,
Ave Maria belfries chime.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
You’ll feebly sleek your hair of grey,
And mutter words that none may know,
And dream you touch the sodden clay
That laps the dream of long ago.
"Winter" by John Le Gay Brereton
And where the water, pouring sleek,
In sudden whiteness flings his treasure,
I see you sitting, Queen of Pleasure,
Clad only by the glittering creek.
"Erskine" by John Le Gay Brereton

In news:

Slim and sleek as it is, the iPhone is really the Hummer of cellphones.
Pay matters, says Sunitha Ramaiah, owner of Bombay Talkie, a sleek New York City restaurant that serves contemporary Indian food.
The Tarantula 's sleek, slender frame measures just over 20 inches long and 9 inches wide.
Whether you prefer sleek tights or roomier pants, these six have you covered.
Transform a Topknot Into Sleek Waves.
How to Get Diane Kruger's Sleek Topknot .
Almost 40 years after the idea of a fancy transit link between Public Square and University Circle first surfaced, the RTA's sleek new HealthLine began operating Friday along Euclid Avenue.
Not too sure about how the heat will affect a comfortable fit with the leather material, but this style of this creation is nothing less of sleek.
Audi's sleek A7 Sportback toys with our affections.
Its case is a sleek 40mm wide by 8mm thick.
A new sleek and sexy 20 million dollar yacht has just arrived on the Hudson River in Manhattan offering everything from brunch to cocktails to dinner cruises.
Beautiful, sleek and a little over a year old, Zippy is at the Sacramento SPCA, patiently waiting for her forever home.
Whether you bomb down hills on a sleek road bike or cruise to work on a sturdy Dutch commuter, all stripes of cyclists can probably all agree: The bike is simply one of the most brilliant inventions of the past 150 years.
Given how many companies there are making excellent technical biking gear, it seems like madness for an upstart to wade into the crowded marketplace with no more complicated a set of goals than to build sleek, simple, and functional clothing.
Sleek modern wooden bench .
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In science:

Quasars, Seyfert galaxies and so on are sleek machines.
Probing the Physics of AGN: A Summary
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