smell

  • 1 smell — smell,[/p] scent, odor, aroma all denote a property of a thing that makes it perceptible to the olfactory sense. Smell not only is the most general of these terms but tends to be the most colorless. It is the appropriate word when merely the… …

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  • 2 Smell — (sm[e^]l), 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… …

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  • 3 smell — [smel] vt. smelled or [Chiefly Brit.] Brit. smelt, smelling [ME smellen < OE * smyllan < IE base * smel , to burn slowly > SMOLDER: basic sense “to give off smoke”] 1. to be or become aware of by means of the nose and the olfactory… …

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  • 4 smell — smell; smell·able; smell·age; smell·er; smell·ful; smell·fun·gus; smell·ie; smell·i·ness; …

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  • 5 Smell — 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}. [1913 Webster] 2. The quality of… …

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  • 6 Smell — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To have a particular tincture or smack of any quality; to savor; as, a report smells of calumny.… …

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  • 7 smell — verb. The form for the past tense and past participle in BrE is smelled or smelt; in AmE smelled is usually preferred. When the verb is used intransitively, the quality of the smell is normally expressed either by a phrase introduced by of or by… …

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  • 8 smell — (v.) late 12c., emit or perceive an odor, also (n.) odor, aroma, stench; not found in O.E., perhaps cognate with M.Du. smolen, Low Ger. smelen to smolder (see SMOLDER (Cf. smolder)). OED says no doubt of O.E. origin, but not recorded, and not… …

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  • 9 smell — [n] odor aroma, bouquet, emanation, essence, flavor, fragrance, incense, perfume, redolence, savor, scent, spice, stench, stink, tang, trace, trail, whiff; concepts 590,599 smell [v1] perceive with the nose breathe, detect, discover, find, get a… …

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  • 10 smell|y — «SMEHL ee», adjective, smell|i|er, smell|i|est. having or giving out a strong or unpleasant smell: »I wonder what makes the sea so smelly. I don t like it (Rudyard Kipling). SYNONYM( …

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  • 11 Smell — may refer to:* Olfaction, the sense of smell, the ability of humans and other animals to perceive odors * Odor * In programming, a code smell is a symptom in the source code of a program that something is wrong …

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  • 12 smell — ► NOUN 1) the faculty of perceiving odours by means of the organs in the nose. 2) a quality that is perceived by this faculty; an odour. 3) an act of inhaling in order to perceive an odour. ► VERB (past and past part. smelt or smelled) 1)… …

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  • 13 smell at — To sniff at, take a smell at • • • Main Entry: ↑smell …

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  • 14 smell of — 1. To have the smell of 2. To savour of • • • Main Entry: ↑smell …

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  • 15 smell|er — «SMEHL uhr», noun. 1. a person or thing that smells. 2. a person who tests by smelling. 3. Slang. the nose or sense of smell. 4. a sensitive hair or process such as one of a cat s whiskers; feeler …

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  • 16 smell|ie — «SMEHL ee», noun. Informal. a motion picture in which odors are adapted to appropriate scenes …

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  • 17 smell — smell1 W3S2 [smel] n 1.) the quality that people and animals recognize by using their nose smell of ▪ The air was filled with the smell of flowers. sweet/delicious smell ▪ There s a delicious smell coming from the kitchen. unpleasant/bad/acrid… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 smell — 01. Something [smells] delicious. I wonder what s for supper. 02. Because of their excellent sense of [smell], dogs are often used in airports to look for things such as illegal drugs, or bombs. 03. The garbage [smells]. Someone needs to take it… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 19 smell — smell1 [ smel ] noun ** 1. ) count the pleasant or unpleasant quality of something that you notice when you breathe in through your nose: This paint gives off a very strong smell. unpleasant smells smell of: There s a delicious smell of fresh… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 smell — 1 /smel/ noun 1 (C) the quality that people and animals recognize by using their nose: Some flowers have a stronger smell than others. | The wine has a light, lemony smell. (+ of): I opened the window to get rid of the smell of beer and… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English