Definitions of smell

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