What does Smell mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. smell, odor, odour, olfactory sensation, olfactory perception(noun)

    the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form

    "she loved the smell of roses"

  2. olfactory property, smell, aroma, odor, odour, scent(noun)

    any property detected by the olfactory system

  3. spirit, tone, feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, smell(noun)

    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"

  4. smell, sense of smell, olfaction, olfactory modality(noun)

    the faculty that enables us to distinguish scents

  5. smell, smelling(verb)

    the act of perceiving the odor of something

  6. smell(verb)

    inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense

  7. smell(verb)

    emit an odor

    "The soup smells good"

  8. smell(verb)

    smell bad

    "He rarely washes, and he smells"

  9. smack, reek, smell(verb)

    have an element suggestive (of something)

    "his speeches smacked of racism"; "this passage smells of plagiarism"

  10. smell, smell out, sense(verb)

    become aware of not through the senses but instinctively

    "I sense his hostility"; "i smell trouble"; "smell out corruption"


  1. smell(Noun)

    A sensation, pleasant or unpleasant, detected by inhaling air (or, the case of water-breathing animals, water) carrying airborne molecules of a substance.

    I love the smell of fresh bread.

  2. smell(Noun)

    The sense that detects odours.

  3. smell(Verb)

    To sense a smell or smells.

  4. smell(Verb)

    To have a particular smell, whether good or bad; if descriptive, followed by "like" or "of".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Smell(noun)

    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

  2. Smell(noun)

    to detect or perceive, as if by the sense of smell; to scent out; -- often with out

  3. Smell(noun)

    to give heed to

  4. Smell(verb)

    to affect the olfactory nerves; to have an odor or scent; -- often followed by of; as, to smell of smoke, or of musk

  5. Smell(verb)

    to have a particular tincture or smack of any quality; to savor; as, a report smells of calumny

  6. Smell(verb)

    to exercise the sense of smell

  7. Smell(verb)

    to exercise sagacity

  8. Smell(verb)

    the sense or faculty by which certain qualities of bodies are perceived through the instrumentally of the olfactory nerves. See Sense

  9. Smell(verb)

    the quality of any thing or substance, or emanation therefrom, which affects the olfactory organs; odor; scent; fragrance; perfume; as, the smell of mint

  10. Origin: [OE. smellen, smillen, smullen; cf. LG. smellen, smelen, smlen, schmelen, to smoke, to reek, D. smeulen to smolder, and E. smolder. Cf. Smell, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Smell

    smel, v.i. to affect the nose: to have odour: to use the sense of smell.—v.t. to perceive by the nose:—pa.t. and pa.p. smelled or smelt.—n. the quality of bodies which affects the nose: odour: perfume: the sense which perceives this quality.—ns. Smell′er; Smell′-feast, a greedy fellow; Smell′ing, the sense by which smells are perceived; Smell′ing-bott′le, a bottle containing smelling-salts, or the like; Smell′ing-salts, a preparation of ammonium carbonate with lavender, &c., used as a stimulant in faintness, &c.; Smell′-trap, a drain-trap.—adj. Smell′y, having a bad smell.—Smell a rat (see Rat); Smell out, to find out by prying. [Allied to Low Ger. smelen, Dut. smeulen, to smoulder.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Smell

    The ability to detect scents or odors, such as the function of OLFACTORY RECEPTOR NEURONS.

Editors Contribution

  1. smell

    The ability to sense an odor or other substance.

    My husband did smell my perfume as he was very complimentary.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 31, 2019  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Smell' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3803

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Smell' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2408

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Smell' in Nouns Frequency: #1374

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Smell' in Verbs Frequency: #629

How to pronounce Smell?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Smell in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Smell in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Smell in a Sentence

  1. Wladimir Balentien:

    The smell was unbearable.

  2. Lucy Soule:

    Now you can smell it burning.

  3. William Shakespeare, "The Tempest", Act 2 scene 2:

    A very ancient and fish-like smell.

  4. Benjamin Franklin:

    Fish and visitors smell in three days.

  5. Simon Cockerell:

    You can smell it across half of the city.

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