Definition of sniffer
1 : one that sniffs: such asa : someone who sniffs a drug or other substance in order to become intoxicated a cocaine/glue snifferb or less commonly sniffer dog : a dog that is trained to recognize and follow scents especially for the purpose of locating people or contraband (such as illicit drugs and explosives)
2 informal : nose Use your sniffer to detect unattractive or unhealthy odors. — Susan DeBow
Examples of sniffer in a Sentence
Sniffers were brought in to search bags at the airport.
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And of course, the tailpipe sniffer did in fact prove that the same car produced different patterns of NOx emissions depending on the software.
Cundy said the recovery of bodies, assisted by sniffer dogs, may not be completed for weeks.
That propels her toward Rex, the bomb-sniffer least likely to be voted Mr. Canine Congeniality.
Ostara | TRVE Brewing Co. (Denver) Who said metal-heads can’t also be flower sniffers?
Police on horseback moved through the throng, as did officers with sniffer dogs.
The incident follows a similar event over the East China Sea last week when two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. sniffer plane.
Yet in the decade since, the idea that humans are prodigious sniffers hasn’t really caught on.
People often think of dogs and rats as the superior sniffers in the animal kingdom, but humans also have an extremely keen sense of smell, McGann argued in the review, which was published today (May 11) in the journal Science .
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SNIFFER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sniffer for English Language Learners
: someone who sniffs a drug or other substance in order to become intoxicated
: a dog that is trained to find people, illegal drugs, explosives, etc., by recognizing and following scents
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