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smell

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verb \ˈsmel\

Definition of smell

smelled

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smelt

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smelling

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to perceive the odor or scent of through stimuli affecting the olfactory nerves :  get the odor or scent of with the nose

  3. 2 :  to detect or become aware of as if by the sense of smell I smell trouble

  4. 3 :  to emit the odor of

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to exercise the sense of smell

  7. 2a (1) :  to have an odor or scent (2) :  to have a characteristic aura or atmosphere :  smack the accounts … seemed to me to smell of truth — R. S. Bourne; also :  seem, appear the story didn't smell rightb (1) :  to have an offensive odor :  stink (2) :  to be of bad or questionable quality all this from the moral point of view smells — A. F. Wills

smeller

noun

smell a rat

  1. :  to have a suspicion of something wrong

smell blood

  1. :  to sense an opponent's weakness or vulnerability

smell the roses

  1. :  to enjoy or savor life

Examples of smell in a Sentence

  1. She leaned over and smelled the flowers.

  2. I have a cold right now so I can't smell.

  3. I can't smell anything because I'm so stuffed up.

  4. I could smell dinner cooking.

  5. I think I smell gas.

  6. This car smells like mold.

  7. Can't you smell the profits?

Origin and Etymology of smell

Middle English


First Known Use: 12th century


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smell

noun

Definition of smell

  1. 1 :  the property of a thing that affects the olfactory organs :  odor

  2. 2a :  the process, function, or power of smellingb :  the sense concerned with the perception of odor

  3. 3a :  a very small amount :  trace add only a smell of garlicb :  a pervading or characteristic quality :  aura the smell of affluence, of power — Harry Hervey

  4. 4 :  an act or instance of smelling

Examples of smell in a Sentence

  1. the distinctive smell of onions

  2. Dogs have a keen sense of smell.

12th Century

First Known Use of smell

12th century

Synonym Discussion of smell

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


SMELL Defined for English Language Learners

smell

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verb

Definition of smell for English Language Learners

  • : to use your nose to sense smells

  • : to be able to use your nose to sense smells

  • : to notice something because of its smell

smell

noun

Definition of smell for English Language Learners

  • : the quality of a thing that you can sense with your nose

  • : an unpleasant odor

  • : the ability to notice or recognize odors : the ability to smell things


SMELL Defined for Kids

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smell

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verb \ˈsmel\

Definition of smell for Students

smelled

\ˈsmeld\ or

smelt

\ˈsmelt\;

smelling

  1. 1 :  to detect the odor of by means of special cells located in the nose Stop and smell the flowers.

  2. 2 :  to notice (something) because of its odor I think I smell gas.

  3. 3 :  to have or give off an odor My dog smells wet.

  4. 4 :  to sense as if by smelling I smell trouble.


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smell

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noun

Definition of smell for Students

  1. 1 :  the sense by which a person or animal becomes aware of an odor

  2. 2 :  the sensation gotten through the sense of smell :  odor, scent


Medical Dictionary

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smell

play
verb \ˈsmel\

Medical Definition of smell

smelled

\ˈsmeld\play or

smelt

\ˈsmelt\play ;

smelling

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to perceive the odor or scent of through stimuli affecting the olfactory nerves :  get the odor or scent of with the nose

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to exercise the sense of smell


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smell

noun

Medical Definition of smell

  1. 1:  the property of a thing that affects the olfactory organs :  odor

  2. 2:  the special sense concerned with the perception of odor



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