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SMITH, noun

1. Literally, the striker, the beater; hence, one who forges with the hammer; one who works in metals; as an iron-smith; gold-smith; silver-smith, etc. Nor yet the smith hath learn'd to form a sword.

2. He that makes or effects any thing.

Hence the name smith which, from the number of workmen employed in working metals in early ages, is supposed to be more common than any other.

SMITH, verb transitive To beat into shape; to forge. [Not in use.]