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smell

noun

1 smell

The sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form:
— She loved the smell of roses.

synonyms: odor, odour, olfactory perception, olfactory sensation.

Roget 401: fetor; bad etc. adj.. smell, bad odor; stench, stink; foul odor, malodor; empyreuma; mustiness etc. adj.; ... show more

Dutch: geur, geurtje, lucht, odeur, reuk



2 smell

Any property detected by the olfactory system.

synonyms: aroma, odor, odour, olfactory property, scent.

Roget 398: odor, smell, odorament, scent, effluvium; emanation, exhalation; fume, essence, trail, nidor, redolence.    sense of smell; ... show more

Dutch: geur, geurtje, lucht, odeur, reuk
Polish: woń, zapach

3 smell

The general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people:
— It had the smell of treason.

synonyms: feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, spirit, tone.

Dutch: accent, gevoel, toon

4 smell

The faculty that enables us to distinguish scents.

synonyms: olfaction, olfactory modality, sense of smell.

Dutch: neus, reuk, reukzin
Polish: powonienie, węch

5 smell

The act of perceiving the odor of something.

synonym: smelling.

Polish: wąchanie

verb

1 smell

Inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense.

Dutch: ruiken

2 smell

Emit an odor.

Roget 401: have a bad smell etc. n.; smell; stink, stink in the nostrils, stink like a polecat; smell strong etc. adj., smell offensively.   

3 smell

Smell bad.

Dutch: stinken

4 smell

Have an element suggestive (of something):
— This passage smells of plagiarism.

synonyms: reek, smack.

Roget 398: have an odor etc. n.; smell, smell of, smell strong of; exhale; give out a smell etc. n.; reek, reek of; scent.    smell, ... show more

5 smell

Become aware of not through the senses but instinctively:
— I smell trouble.
— Smell out corruption.

synonyms: sense, smell out.


Moby thesaurus: apprehend, aroma, be aromatic, be aware of, be conscious of, be redolent of, be sensible of, be warm, bouquet, breath, breathe, breathe in, burn, cast, chromesthesia, color hearing, dash, definite odor, detect, detectable odor ... show more.

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