General English


  • (written as SMART)
    Abbreviation of Self-monitoring analysis and Reporting Technology. A standard, technology, or interface utilized to keep track of the state of hard drive, and for warning of possible future failures.
  • Of, pertaining to, consisting of, or arising from a component, circuit, device, piece of equipment, or system, which is highly automated, adapts rapidly to changing environmental or operational conditions, emulates human thought or behavior processes, or the like.
  • acronym forSelf-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology
    (written as SMART)


  • abbreviation
    (written as SMART)
    an acronym for the 5 main considerations when setting objectives for a company, namely that they should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and within a set time limit
  • acronym forSpecific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and within a set Time limit
    (written as SMART)

Origin & History of “smart”

Smart originated as a verb, meaning ‘be painful’. It came from a west Germanic base *smert-, *smart- (source also of German schmerz and Dutch smart ‘pain’), which may go back ultimately to the same Indo-European ancestor that produced Greek smerdnós ‘terrible’ and Latin mordēre ‘bite’ (source of English morsel, remorse, etc). The adjective smart was derived from the verb in the 11th century, and at first meant ‘stinging, painful’. Its modern senses ‘clever’ and ‘neat’ emerged in the 17th and 18th centuries respectively.