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SMELL, v.t. pret and pp. smelled, smelt. [I have not found this word in any other language.] TO perceive by the nose, or by the olfactory nerves; to have a sensation excited in certain organs of the nose by particular qualities of a body, which are transmitted in fine particles, often form a distance; as, to smell a rose; to smell perfumes.




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SMELL, v.t. pret and pp. smelled, smelt. [I have not found this word in any other language.] TO perceive by the nose, or by the olfactory nerves; to have a sensation excited in certain organs of the nose by particular qualities of a body, which are transmitted in fine particles, often form a distance; as, to smell a rose; to smell perfumes.


SMELL, n.

  1. The sense or faculty by which certain qualities of bodies are perceived through the instrumentality of the olfactory nerves; or the faculty of perceiving by the organs of the nose; one of the five senses. In some species of beasts, the smell is remarkably acute, particularly in the canine species.
  2. Scent; odor; the quality of bodies which affects the olfactory organs; as, the smell of mint; the smell of geranium. The sweetest smell in the air is that of the white double violet. – Bacon.

SMELL, v.i.

  1. To affect the olfactory nerves; to have an odor or particular scent; followed by of; as, to smell of smoke; to smell of musk.
  2. To have a particular tincture or smack of any quality, as, a report smells of calumny. [Not elegant.] – Shak.
  3. To practice smelling. – Exod. xxx. Shak.
  4. To exercise sagacity.

SMELL, v.t. [pret. and pp. smelled, smelt. I have not found this word in any other language.]

To perceive by the nose, or by the olfactory nerves; to have a sensation excited in certain organs of the nose by particular qualities of a body, which are transmitted in fine particles, often from a distance; as, to smell a rose; to smell perfumes. To smell out, is a low phrase signifying to find out by sagacity. – L'Estrange. To smell a rat, is a low phrase signifying to suspect strongly.


Smell
  1. 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.
  2. To affect the olfactory nerves; to have an odor or scent; -- often followed by of; as, to smell of smoke, or of musk.
  3. The sense or faculty by which certain qualities of bodies are perceived through the instrumentally of the olfactory nerves. See Sense.
  4. To detect or perceive, as if by the sense of smell; to scent out; -- often with out.

    "I smell a device." Shak.

    Can you smell him out by that? Shak.

  5. To have a particular tincture or smack of any quality; to savor; as, a report smells of calumny.

    Praises in an enemy are superfluous, or smell of craft. Milton.

  6. The quality of any thing or substance, or emanation therefrom, which affects the olfactory organs; odor; scent; fragrance; perfume; as, the smell of mint.

    Breathing the smell of field and grove. Milton.

    That which, above all others, yields the sweetest smell in the air, is the violent. Bacon.

    Syn. -- Scent; odor; perfume; fragrance.

  7. To give heed to.

    [Obs.]

    From that time forward I began to smellthe Word of God, and forsook the school doctors. Latimer.

    To smell a rat, to have a sense of something wrong, not clearly evident; to have reason for suspicion. [Colloq.] -- To smell out, to find out by sagacity. [Colloq.]

  8. To exercise the sense of smell.

    Ex. xxx. 38.
  9. To exercise sagacity.

    Shak.
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Smell

SMELL, verb transitive pret and participle passive smelled, smelt. [I have not found this word in any other language.] TO perceive by the nose, or by the olfactory nerves; to have a sensation excited in certain organs of the nose by particular qualities of a body, which are transmitted in fine particles, often form a distance; as, to smell a rose; to smell perfumes.

TO smell OUT, is a low phrase signifying to find out by sagacity.

TO smell A RAT, is a low phrase signifying to suspect strongly.

SMELL, verb intransitive

1. To affect the olfactory nerves; to have an odor or particualr scent; followed by of; as to smell of smoke; to smell of musk.

2. To have a particular tincuture or smack or any quality; as, a report smells of calumny. [Not elegant.]

3. To practice smelling. Exodus 30:38.

4. To exercise sagacity.

SMELL, noun

1. The sense of faculty by which through the instrumentally of the olfactory nerves; or the faculty of perceiving by the organs of the nose; one of the five senses. In some species of beasts, the smell is remark able acute, particularly in the canine species.

2. Scent; odor; the quality of bodies which affects the olfactory organs; as the smell of mint; the smell of geranium. The sweetest smell in the air is that of the white double violet.

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