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reek

REEK, n.

1. Vapor; steam.

2. A rick, which see.

REEK, v.i. [L. fragro. The primary sense is to send out or emit, to extend, to reach.]

To steam; to exhale; to emit vapor; applied especially to the vapor of certain moist substances, rather than to the smoke of burning bodies.

I found me laid in balmy sweat, which with his beams the sun soon dry'd, and on the reeking moisture fed.

Whose blood yet reeks on my avenging sword.



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REEK, n.

1. Vapor; steam.

2. A rick, which see.

REEK, v.i. [L. fragro. The primary sense is to send out or emit, to extend, to reach.]

To steam; to exhale; to emit vapor; applied especially to the vapor of certain moist substances, rather than to the smoke of burning bodies.

I found me laid in balmy sweat, which with his beams the sun soon dry'd, and on the reeking moisture fed.

Whose blood yet reeks on my avenging sword.

REEK, n. [Sax. rec; D. rook; G. rauch; Sw. rök; Dan. rög.]

  1. Vapor; steam.
  2. A rick, – which see. – Shak.

REEK, v.i. [Sax. recan, reocan, D. rooken, ruiken; G. rauchen; Sw. röka; Dan. röger, ryger, to reek, to smoke; W. rhogli, to smell. This may be from the same root as the L. fragro, and all coinciding with the Ar. أَرِجَ areega, to diffuse odor. The primary sense is to send out or emit, to extend, to reach. Class Rg.]

To steam; to exhale; to emit vapor; applied especially to the vapor of certain moist substances, rather than to the smoke of burning bodies. I found me laid / In balmy sweat, which with his beams the sun / Soon dry'd, and on the reeking moisture fed. – Milton. Whose blood yet reeks on my avenging sword. – Smith.


Reek
  1. A rick.

    [Obs.] B. Jonson.
  2. Vapor; steam; smoke; fume.

    As hateful to me as the reek of a limekiln. Shak.

  3. To emit vapor, usually that which is warm and moist; to be full of fumes; to steam; to smoke; to exhale.

    Few chimneys reeking you shall espy. Spenser.

    I found me laid
    In balmy sweat, which with his beams the sun
    Soon dried, and on the reeking moisture fed.
    Milton.

    The coffee rooms reeked with tobacco. Macaulay.

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Reek

REEK, noun

1. Vapor; steam.

2. A rick, which see.

REEK, verb intransitive [Latin fragro. The primary sense is to send out or emit, to extend, to reach.]

To steam; to exhale; to emit vapor; applied especially to the vapor of certain moist substances, rather than to the smoke of burning bodies.

I found me laid in balmy sweat, which with his beams the sun soon dry'd, and on the reeking moisture fed.

Whose blood yet reeks on my avenging sword.

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2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

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