What does smell mean?

Definitions for smell
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word smell.

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"

Wiktionary

  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

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

  2. Smell(noun)

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

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

  3. Smell(noun)

    to give heed to

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

  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

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

  5. Smell(verb)

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

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

  6. Smell(verb)

    to exercise the sense of smell

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

  7. Smell(verb)

    to exercise sagacity

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

  8. Smell(verb)

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

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

  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

    Etymology: [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 perceive and sense through the nose and related elements.

    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

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How to say smell in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Michiko Kiyo-oka:

    When I crawled out I was so cold, so I was warming myself near one of the piles that was still smoldering. I could see an arm. I could see nostrils. But I was numb to that by then, the smell is one that will never leave me.

  2. Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia:

    Dear loved papa, I so much want to see you. I have just ended my lesson of arithmetic, I think that I succeeded well. We go to school of nurses, I am very happy there. Today it is raining and it is very humid. I am in Tatiana’s room with Olga and Tatiana. When you will see Boba, say to him that my hands itch me. I try to breed my own livestock of poetry of earth. Olga says that I smell poor, but it is not true. When you will come back, I shall wash myself in your tub. I hope that you did not forget the history which I told you during our promenade. I am sitting down and scratch my nose with the left hand. Olga wanted to slap me for it, but I avoided the hand. Be happy and in good health. I think extremely of you and embrace you tenderly.

  3. Angel Santiago:

    We just kept hearing gunfire over and over and over again, and it just kept getting louder, closer, and I actually could start to smell what I guess was gunpowder.

  4. Meister Eckhart:

    Time is what keeps the light from reaching us. There is no greater obstacle to God than time: and not only time but temporalities, not only temporal things but temporal affections, not only temporal affections but the very taint and smell of time.

  5. Sandy Shelby:

    There was no air conditioning. There was no water in any of the water buckets. The litter boxes had zero litter. It was just feces that was in them. Police and animal control officials initially received a call from neighbors complaining about the smell coming from the home. When they first arrived, authorities told FOX4 they found a van in the driveway filled with dogs. When officials arrived they said they found a van filled with dogs. ( FOX4 News) The van was not running. The windows were rolled up and just cracked a tiny little bit, there were 14 crates full of animals inside. Sandy Shelby said authorities are investigating whether the homeowner got the animals from various shelters with the intention of rescuing them. I think that people start out with good intentions, I really do.

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