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Meaning of SMELL

Pronunciation:  smel

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of perceiving the odor of something
  2. [n]  any property detected by the olfactory system
  3. [n]  the faculty of smell
  4. [n]  the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form; "she loved the smell of roses"
  5. [n]  the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people; "the feel of the city excited him"; "a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"; "it had the smell of treason"
  6. [v]  emit an odor; "The soup smells good"
  7. [v]  smell bad; "He rarely washes, and he smells"
  8. [v]  inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense

SMELL is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: aroma, feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, odor, odor, odour, odour, olfaction, olfactory modality, olfactory perception, olfactory property, olfactory sensation, scent, sense of smell, smelling, spirit, tone
 See Also: acridity, ambiance, ambience, aroma, atmosphere, bouquet, cause to be perceived, comprehend, exteroception, fetor, foetor, foulness, fragrance, fragrance, get a noseful, get a whiff, malodor, malodorousness, malodour, malodourousness, modality, nose, nose, perceive, perception, perfume, property, pungency, rankness, redolence, reek, reek, salute, scent, scent, sensation, sense datum, sense experience, sense impression, sense modality, sensing, sensory system, smell, smell up, sniff, sniff, snuff, snuff, snuffle, stench, stink, stink, stink out, stink up, stinkiness, sweetness, whiff, wind, Zeitgeist



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Smell\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Smelled}, {Smelt}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Smelling}.] [OE. smellen, smillen, smullen; cf. LG.
    smellen, smelen, sm["o]len, schmelen, to smoke, to reek, D.
    smeulen to smolder, and E. smolder. Cf. {Smell}, n.]
    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
    2. To detect or perceive, as if by the sense of smell; to
       scent out; -- often with out. ``I smell a device.''
             Can you smell him out by that?        --Shak.
    3. 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.]
  2. \Smell\, v. i.
    1. To affect the olfactory nerves; to have an odor or scent;
       -- often followed by of; as, to smell of smoke, or of
    2. 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.
    3. To exercise the sense of smell. --Ex. xxx. 38.
    4. To exercise sagacity. --Shak.
  3. \Smell\, n. [OE. smel, smil, smul, smeol. See {Smell}, v.
    t.] (Physiol.)
    1. The sense or faculty by which certain qualities of bodies
       are perceived through the instrumentally of the olfactory
       nerves. See {Sense}.
    2. 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.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: to perceive odor or scent through stimuli affecting the olfactory nerves.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: To smell something in your dream indicates your past experiences and feelings with that particular smell. Your dream is trying to convey a feeling by associating it with a familiar smell or scent. Alternatively, the scent may be part of your real environment which you have incorporated into your dream.