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(of systems) operating as if by human intelligence by using automatic computer control


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




Said of a program that does the Right Thing in a wide variety of complicated circumstances. There is a difference between calling a program smart and calling it intelligent; in particular, there do not exist any intelligent programs (yet - see AI-complete).

Compare robust (smart programs can be brittle).


Incorporating some kind of digital electronics.


(1) (S.M.A.R.T.) See SMART HDD.

(2) A popular high-tech term. See smartphone, smartwatch, smart appliance, smart car, smart home, smart garden, smart speaker, smart parking, smart luggage and intelligence.

Everything Is Smart These Days
In case you forget what you have in the fridge, this Samsung unit takes a photo every time the door closes, and its contents can be viewed remotely while in the supermarket. (Image courtesy of Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd.,
References in classic literature ?
At first the violence of his fall caused him to lose consciousness, but luckily the salt which had been rubbed into his wounds had by its smarting preserved his life, and little by little he regained his strength.
But the fight was not to go easily this day, for the soldiery, smarting from their recent discomfiture at the widow's cottage, and knowing that the eyes of the whole shire were upon them, fought well, and pressed closely after the retreating outlaws.
My wretched passions were acute, smarting, from my continual, sickly irritability I had hysterical impulses, with tears and convulsions.
Smarting with the pain, he galloped around the open space in so ridiculous a way that Theseus laughed at it, long afterwards, though not precisely at the moment.
But when she took up the crushed letter and put it in her drawer, that she might lock it out of sight, hard smarting tears, having no relief in them as the great drops had that fell last night, forced their way into her eyes.