Definitions for: Smell


[n] the act of perceiving the odor of something
[n] any property detected by the olfactory system
[n] the faculty of smell
[n] the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form; "she loved the smell of roses"
[n] the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people; "the feel of the city excited him"; "a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"; "it had the smell of treason"
[v] emit an odor; "The soup smells good"
[v] smell bad; "He rarely washes, and he smells"
[v] inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense



Webster (1913) Definition: Smell, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Smelled, Smelt; p. pr. &
vb. n. Smelling.] [OE. smellen, smillen, smullen; cf. LG.
smellen, smelen, sm["o]len, schmelen, to smoke, to reek, D.
smeulen to smolder, and E. smolder. Cf. Smell, n.]
1. 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 smell a rose; to smell
perfumes.

2. 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.

3. To give heed to. [Obs.]

From that time forward I began to smellthe Word of
God, and forsook the school doctors. --Latimer.

To smell a rat, to have a sense of something wrong, not
clearly evident; to have reason for suspicion. [Colloq.]


To smell out, to find out by sagacity. [Colloq.]


Smell, v. i.
1. To affect the olfactory nerves; to have an odor or scent;
-- often followed by of; as, to smell of smoke, or of
musk.

2. To have a particular tincture or smack of any quality; to
savor; as, a report smells of calumny.

Praises in an enemy are superfluous, or smell of
craft. --Milton.

3. To exercise the sense of smell. --Ex. xxx. 38.

4. To exercise sagacity. --Shak.


Smell, n. [OE. smel, smil, smul, smeol. See Smell, v.
t.] (Physiol.)
1. The sense or faculty by which certain qualities of bodies
are perceived through the instrumentally of the olfactory
nerves. See Sense.

2. The quality of any thing or substance, or emanation
therefrom, which affects the olfactory organs; odor;
scent; fragrance; perfume; as, the smell of 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.

Synonyms: aroma, feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, odor, odor, odour, odour, olfaction, olfactory modality, olfactory perception, olfactory property, olfactory sensation, scent, sense of smell, smelling, spirit, tone

See Also: acridity, ambiance, ambience, aroma, atmosphere, bouquet, cause to be perceived, comprehend, exteroception, fetor, foetor, foulness, fragrance, fragrance, get a noseful, get a whiff, malodor, malodorousness, malodour, malodourousness, modality, nose, nose, perceive, perception, perfume, property, pungency, rankness, redolence, reek, reek, salute, scent, scent, sensation, sense datum, sense experience, sense impression, sense modality, sensing, sensory system, smell, smell up, sniff, sniff, snuff, snuff, snuffle, stench, stink, stink, stink out, stink up, stinkiness, sweetness, whiff, wind, Zeitgeist

Try our:
Scrabble Word Finder

Scrabble Cheat

Words With Friends Cheat

Hanging With Friends Cheat

Scramble With Friends Cheat

Ruzzle Cheat



Related Resources:
animals starting with f
animlas that start with t