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smell

noun (n)

  • the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form (noun.cognition)
    Example:
    She loved the smell of roses.
    source: wordnet30
  • any property detected by the olfactory system (noun.attribute)
    source: wordnet30
  • the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people (noun.state)
    Example:
    It had the smell of treason.
    source: wordnet30
  • the faculty that enables us to distinguish scents (noun.cognition)
    source: wordnet30
  • the act of perceiving the odor of something (noun.act)
    Synonym: smelling
    source: wordnet30
  • The sense or faculty by which certain qualities of bodies are perceived through the instrumentally of the olfactory nerves. See Sense. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense (verb.perception)
    source: wordnet30
  • emit an odor (verb.perception)
    Example:
    The soup smells good.
    source: wordnet30
  • smell bad (verb.perception)
    Example:
    He rarely washes, and he smells.
    source: wordnet30
  • have an element suggestive (of something) (verb.perception)
    Synonym: reek, smack
    Example:
    This passage smells of plagiarism.
    source: wordnet30
  • become aware of not through the senses but instinctively (verb.cognition)
    Synonym: sense, smell out
    Example:
    I smell trouble.
    Smell out corruption.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To affect the olfactory nerves; to have an odor or scent; -- often followed by of; as, to smell of smoke, or of musk. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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