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Definitions of smell

  1. any property detected by the olfactory system
  2. 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"
  3. the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form; " she loved the smell of roses"
  4. inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense
  5. the act of perceiving the odor of something
  6. emit an odor; " The soup smells good"
  7. smell bad; " He rarely washes, and he smells"
  8. 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.
  9. To give heed to.
  10. To have a particular tincture or smack of any quality; to savor; as, a report smells of calumny.
  11. To exercise the sense of smell.
  12. To exercise sagacity.
  13. The sense or faculty by which certain qualities of bodies are perceived through the instrumentally of the olfactory nerves. See Sense.
  14. The quality of any thing or substance, or emanation therefrom, which affects the olfactory organs; odor; scent; fragrance; perfume; as, the smell of mint.
  15. To detect or perceive, as if by the sense of smell; to scent out; - often with out.
  16. To affect the olfactory nerves; to have an odor or scent; - often followed by of; as, to smell of smoke, or of musk.
  17. To have an odor; as, this room smells of sulphur; the power of perceiving by the sense of smell: with of; as, smell of this flower.
  18. That quality of bodies which affects the sense of smell; the sensation felt by means of the nerves in the nose; odor.
  19. Smelled, smelt.
  20. Smelling.
  21. To affect the nose: to have odor: to use the sense of smell.
  22. To perceive by the nose:- pa. t. and pa. p. smelled or smelt.
  23. The quality of bodies which affects the nose: odor: perfume: the sense which perceives this quality.
  24. Odor; sense which perceives odor.
  25. smelled or smelt.
  26. To have odor; use the sense of smell.
  27. To perceive by the nose.
  28. To perceive by means of the nose; scent.
  29. To emit an odor or perfume.
  30. To use the sense of smell; sniff.
  31. An odor.
  32. The power or faculty of smelling; scent; odour.
  33. To perceive by the nose. To smell out, to find out by sagacity. To smell a rat, to suspect strongly.
  34. To affect the nose; to have an odour; to smack; to exercise the sense of smell.
  35. The faculty of perceiving by the organs of the nose certain qualities of bodies; one of the nose certain qualitites of bodies; one of the five senses; scent; odour.
  36. To preceive by the nerves of the nose; to have a particular odour or scent; to exercise sagacity.
  37. The impression produced on the expanse of the olfactory nerve by inhaled air charged with odorous matter, and therefrom communicated to the olfactory centre of the brain.

Usage examples for smell

  1. They brought him a smell.... – The Sea Bride by Ben Ames Williams
  2. What an intolerable smell of smoke! – The Doctor's Family by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  3. I can smell 'em. – Harley Greenoak's Charge by Bertram Mitford
  4. Does he smell of tobacco? – Napoleon the Little by Victor Hugo
  5. " You never knew when he was coming," she says, " but you always knew when he was there by the smell of his cigar." – Gilbert Keith Chesterton by Maisie Ward
  6. The thought staggered him, and possibly he might have put it from him, had not the smell of the whisky reached him. – The Man Who Rose Again by Joseph Hocking
  7. Neither Paul nor Philemon dreamed that, made immortal by the word of the former, the same transient act would find its way across the centuries, and would " smell sweet and blossom in the dust" to- day. – The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon by Alexander Maclaren
  8. I wonder you did not smell it in the drawing- room. – Nancy A Novel by Rhoda Broughton
  9. I can almost smell it. – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  10. And don't they smell good! – Dawn by Eleanor H. Porter
  11. " Neither can I," said the giant; " but I smell a man." – Myths and Folk Tales of Ireland by Jeremiah Curtin
  12. " Like the smell of that place- like the smell of that place! – The Man with a Shadow by George Manville Fenn
  13. There, now you can smell them all the time. – Other Things Being Equal by Emma Wolf
  14. Worth the smell, Mr. Tobey! – The Sea Bride by Ben Ames Williams
  15. At length the little dog, finding it all in vain, said, " Well, then, if I must leave, good- by; but I have become so hungry in coming down all this way after you, that I wish you would give me one of those bones; they smell very pleasantly, and one out of so many could never be missed." – The Pilgrims Of The Rhine by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  16. " I smell the man- smell! – Umboo, the Elephant by Howard R. Garis
  17. The smell of flowers has been said to be their soul. – How Girls Can Help Their Country by Juliette Low Agnes Baden-Powell Robert Baden-Powell
  18. Smell 'em and see. – Stories of Childhood by Various
  19. " They say that men and women would not have quite the same smell," said he. – The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope
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