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1scent

noun \ˈsent\

: a pleasant smell that is produced by something

: a smell that is left by an animal or person and that can be sensed and followed by some animals (such as dogs)

: a slight indication of something that is going to happen or that might happen

Full Definition of SCENT

1
:  effluvia from a substance that affect the sense of smell: as
a :  an odor left by an animal on a surface passed over
b :  a characteristic or particular odor; especially :  one that is agreeable
2
a :  power of smelling :  sense of smell <a keen scent>
b :  power of detection :  nose <a scent for heresy>
3
:  a course of pursuit or discovery <throw one off the scent>
4
:  inkling, intimation <a scent of trouble>
5
:  perfume 2
6
:  bits of paper dropped in the game of hare and hounds
7
:  a mixture prepared for use as a lure in hunting or fishing
scent·less \ˈsent-ləs\ adjective
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Examples of SCENT

  1. The flower has a wonderful scent.
  2. The dogs followed the fox's scent.
  3. The prisoner escaped because the dogs lost his scent.

Origin of SCENT

Middle English sent, from Anglo-French sente, from sentir
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of SCENT

fragrance, perfume, scent, redolence mean a sweet or pleasant odor. fragrance suggests the odors of flowers or other growing things <the fragrance of pine>. perfume may suggest a stronger or heavier odor <the perfume of lilacs>. scent is very close to perfume but of wider application because more neutral in connotation <scent-free soaps>. redolence implies a mixture of fragrant or pungent odors <the redolence of a forest after a rain>.

smell, scent, odor, aroma mean the quality that makes a thing perceptible to the olfactory sense. smell implies solely the sensation without suggestion of quality or character <an odd smell permeated the room>. scent applies to the characteristic smell given off by a substance, an animal, or a plant <the scent of lilacs>. odor may imply a stronger or more readily distinguished scent or it may be equivalent to smell <a cheese with a strong odor>. aroma suggests a somewhat penetrating usually pleasant odor <the aroma of freshly ground coffee>.

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

chum, covert, creel, flense, pitfall, seine, skulk, spoor, trawl

2scent

verb

: to become aware of (something) by smell

: to give (something) a pleasing smell

Full Definition of SCENT

transitive verb
1
a :  to perceive by the olfactory organs :  smell
b :  to get or have an inkling of <scent trouble>
2
:  to imbue or fill with odor <scented the air with perfume>
intransitive verb
1
:  to yield an odor of some specified kind <this scents of sulfur>; also :  to bear indication or suggestions
2
:  to use the nose in seeking or tracking prey

Examples of SCENT

  1. The dog scented a rabbit.
  2. She scented the air with perfume.

Origin of SCENT

Middle English senten, from Anglo-French sentir to feel, smell, from Latin sentire to perceive, feel — more at sense
First Known Use: 15th century

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SCENT Defined for Kids

1scent

noun \ˈsent\

Definition of SCENT for Kids

1
:  an odor that is given off by someone or something <… a little wind … brought a fresh scent of newly turned earth with it. — Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden>
2
:  power or sense of smell <The dog has a keen scent.>
3
:  a course followed in search or pursuit of something <The reporter was on the scent of a story.>
4
:  1perfume 1

2scent

verb
scent·edscent·ing

Definition of SCENT for Kids

1
:  to become aware of or follow through the sense of smell <The dog scented a rabbit.>
2
:  to get a hint of <Aunt Petunia obviously scented danger, too … — J. K. Rowling, Sorcerer's Stone>
3
:  to fill with an odor :  perfume <Roses scent the air.>

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