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SMIRRShuttle Multispectral Infrared Radiometer
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It suggests as etymology that smirr is `poss onomat, w infl f smore and smuir'.
At least in my dialect of Scots, a smirr of rain would suggest the merest element of precipitant moisture in the air to the extent that it is barely perceptible.
The problem on this occasion is the verbs which it suggests have influenced the formal and semantic structure of smirr.
How close are either of these words to the meaning of smirr? The answer, at least in terms of my own dialect, has to be: not particularly.
Further, what `liquid, senses smore and smuir have describe a saturated, calm atmosphere along the lines of `scotch mist', rather than the irregular precipitation associated with wind implied by smirr in my definition.
If there is a phonaesthetic connection, this might well be between smirr - in particular its initial /sm/ - and other words, both Scots and English, such as smatter, small, smick `a spot, trace', and so on.