smell Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form
odour; odor; olfactory perception; olfactory sensation.
- she loved the smell of roses
noun any property detected by the olfactory system
scent; odor; odour; aroma; olfactory property.
noun the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
flavour; look; feel; tone; flavor; feeling; spirit.
- the feel of the city excited him
- a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting
- it had the smell of treason
noun the faculty that enables us to distinguish scents
sense of smell; olfaction; olfactory modality.
noun the act of perceiving the odor of something
verb inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense
verb emit an odor
- The soup smells good
verb smell bad
- He rarely washes, and he smells
verb have an element suggestive (of something)
- his speeches smacked of racism
- this passage smells of plagiarism
verb become aware of not through the senses but instinctively
smell out; sense.
- I sense his hostility
- i smell trouble
- smell out corruption
Smell transitive verb
To perceive by the olfactory nerves, or organs of smell; to have a sensation of, excited through the nasal organs when affected by the appropriate materials or qualities; to obtain the scent of; as, to. smella rose; to smellperfumes
To detect or perceive, as if by the sense of smell; to scent out; -- often with out."I smell a device." Shak.
Can you smell him out by that? Shak.
To give heed to.Obs.
From that time forward I began to smellthe Word of God, and forsook the school doctors. Latimer.
Smell intransitive verb
To affect the olfactory nerves; to have an odor or scent; -- often followed by of; as, to. smellof smoke, or of musk
To have a particular tincture or smack of any quality; to savor; as, a report. smellsof calumny
Praises in an enemy are superfluous, or smell of craft. Milton.
To exercise the sense of smell.Ex. xxx. 38.
To exercise sagacity.Shak.
The sense or faculty by which certain qualities of bodies are perceived through the instrumentally of the olfactory nerves. See Sense.
The quality of any thing or substance, or emanation therefrom, which affects the olfactory organs; odor; scent; fragrance; perfume; as, the. smellof mint
Breathing the smell of field and grove. Milton.
That which, above all others, yields the sweetest smell in the air, is the violent. Bacon.
Syn. -- Scent; odor; perfume; fragrance.
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