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Definitions of scent

  1. a distinctive odor that is pleasant
  2. any property detected by the olfactory system
  3. cause to smell or be smelly
  4. apply perfume to; " She perfumes herself every day"
  5. an odor left in passing by which a person or animal can be traced
  6. catch the scent of; get wind of; " The dog nosed out the drugs"
  7. To perceive by the olfactory organs; to smell; as, to scent game, as a hound does.
  8. To imbue or fill with odor; to perfume.
  9. To have a smell.
  10. To hunt animals by means of the sense of smell.
  11. That which, issuing from a body, affects the olfactory organs of animals; odor; smell; as, the scent of an orange, or of a rose; the scent of musk.
  12. Specifically, the odor left by an animal on the ground in passing over it; as, dogs find or lose the scent; hence, course of pursuit; track of discovery.
  13. The power of smelling; the sense of smell; as, a hound of nice scent; to divert the scent.
  14. Odor; sense of smell; the odor which an animal leaves as it moves; hence, a track followed by means of this odor; a perfume.
  15. Smell; hence, to get a hint or intimation of; as, to scent trouble; perfume.
  16. To hunt animals by the sense of smell.
  17. To discern by the sense of smell: to perfume.
  18. Odor: sense of smell: chase followed by the scent: course of pursuit.
  19. Odor; sense of smell.
  20. To perceive by the smell; give an odor to.
  21. To perceive by smell.
  22. To render odorous; perfume.
  23. To hunt by scent, as dogs.
  24. An odor; the sense of smell.
  25. Odour; sense of smell; chase followed by the scent; course of pursuit; track.
  26. To smell; to perfume.
  27. That which proceeds from a body and affects the olfactory nerves; smell, good or bad; perfume; odour; course of pursuit; track.
  28. To perceive by the olfactory nerves; to smell; to perfume.
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Usage examples for scent

  1. If Baltook did not scent them, that was no fault of his nose. – Dusty Star by Olaf Baker
  2. The air is cold and still, and heavy with the scent of the Christmas trees brought from the forest for the pleasure of the children. – Home Life in Germany by Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  3. It was the scent of man, but yet a long way off. – The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  4. If this man's tale were true, and it bore the impression of truth, then they had been on a false scent from the first. – The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby
  5. She wished our mother would let us use scent – My Little Sister by Elizabeth Robins
  6. The air was heavy with the scent of flowers. – Ideala by Sarah Grand
  7. But the value of the offering is in the scent of the flower, and not in the beauty of its colour or form. – India and the Indians by Edward F. Elwin
  8. It was a lovely July evening, and the air was delicate with the scent of the pinewoods. – Humorous Ghost Stories by Dorothy Scarborough
  9. I would dearly have liked to smoke, but I rather fancied that the other man's nose would be sure to scent me out. – The Lost Valley by J. M. Walsh
  10. And now, having once found the scent Parozzi! – The-Bravo-of-Venice-a-romance by Lewis, M. G. (Matthew Gregory)
  11. I don't believe I have thought of the scent since. – The Pillars of the House, V1 by Charlotte M. Yonge
  12. The police have traced him to London; there the scent ends for the present. – Roger Ingleton, Minor by Talbot Baines Reed
  13. He would have given anything for a cigarette, but he did not wish to scent himself with tobacco. – A Duet by A. Conan Doyle
  14. You mean you can scent him?" – The Return of Tharn by Howard Carleton Browne
  15. I, too, am fond of pretty clothes and nice scent – The Wife and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
  16. The scent was just the same. – The Fat and the Thin by Emile Zola
  17. Once we were completely thrown off the scent – The Big Otter by R.M. Ballantyne
  18. It did not take her long to scent a mystery. – Blue Bonnet's Ranch Party by C. E. Jacobs Edyth Ellerbeck Read
  19. You find how the senses are refreshed, when they meet with their suitable object; how a pleasant smell refresheth the scent how lively and beautiful colours are delightful to the eye. – The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning by Hugh Binning
  20. Then it was no false scent – The Clever Woman of the Family by Charlotte M. Yonge
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