• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Smelling-salts a preparation of ammonium carbonate with lavender, &c., used as a stimulant in faintness, &c
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Allied to Low Ger. smelen, Dut. smeulen, to smoulder.


In literature:

Behind the scenes Mrs. de Vere Carter wrung her hands and sniffed strong smelling-salts.
"More William" by Richmal Crompton
The wind was from the east, and had the salt smell of the sea.
"Jane Field" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
A smell of salts'll put her right enough.
"The Cockaynes in Paris" by Blanchard Jerrold
But some of us will smell the smell of the decay before the new salt begins to work.
"Quiet Talks on Following the Christ" by S. D. Gordon
The wind sighed in the pines, and a strong salt smell came from the sea.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
There was a dead silence, during which they all heard the smelling-salts drop.
"A Master Of Craft" by W. W. Jacobs
He made her drink some sugared water and smell at some salts, while he bathed her temples with vinegar.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII." by Guy de Maupassant
He found ointment for her burns; smelling salts; damp cloths.
"Creatures of Vibration" by Harl Vincent
Maybe the smelling salts had something to do with it, but I rather think not.
"The Day of the Boomer Dukes" by Frederik Pohl
My smelling salts, Eleanor!
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
Don't you feel a longing, sometimes, for the roar of the gale and the smell o' the salt sea?
"The Buffalo Runners" by R.M. Ballantyne
She told her sire, the portly squire, Then smelt her smelling-salts, and slept.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
Does the lady carry smelling salts?
"The Tinted Venus" by F. Anstey
He little knew what the sight of that Channel Fleet and the smell of the salt water meant to the new midshipman.
"Historic Boyhoods" by Rupert Sargent Holland
Babs, run and fetch me those smelling-salts.
"A Young Mutineer" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
As you walk along on top of them, you can smell a faint violet perfume from the salt.
"Diggers in the Earth" by Eva March Tappan
The taste of it in his mouth, the hot, salt smell, the sound of its dripping.
"Shock Treatment" by Stanley Mullen
Smelling-salts, pepper and snuff may be used, or hot and cold water alternately dashed on the face or chest.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various
Tell two men to come, and bring brandy, smelling-salts, anything you think of.
"Lady Cassandra" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
There was also the salt smell of the sea, and the Crevequers, and their sand castle.
"The Furnace" by Rose Macaulay

In poetry:

The shining horses foam and pant,
And now the smells begin
Of fishy Swampscott, salt Nahant,
And leather-scented Lynn.
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The headlights picked out single faces,
Militiamen, stretches of street.
The nurse with a smelling-salts phial
Was rocked to and fro on her seat.
"In Hospital" by Boris Pasternak
A pale flickering. Gone.
The Tantramar marshes
and the smell of salt hay.
An iron bridge trembles
and a loose plank rattles
but doesn't give way.
"The Moose" by Elizabeth Bishop
I remember
The dead smell of sun on wood cabins,
The stiffness of sails, the long salt winding sheets.
Once one has seen God, what is the remedy?
Once one has been seized up
"Mystic" by Sylvia Plath
As I went down by Hastings Mill I lingered in my going
To smell the smell of piled-up deals and feel the salt wind blowing,
To hear the cables fret and creak and the ropes stir and sigh
(Shipmate, my shipmate!) as in days gone by.
"Hastings Mill" by Cicely Fox Smith
O the chill breath a-blowing, and the salt on my lips,
From the seaport, and the roadstead, and the straining sails of ships!
O the sharp scent of the golden weed about the grey stone quay,
And the heart of me a-leaping at a smell of the sea!
"The Smell Of The Sea" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

To keep your house smelling sweet, Amy shows us how to make homemade bath salts and what scents go great together in a diffuser in these quick tips.
At low tide, the smell of salt and fish is in the air.
I stroke the fragments as, last night, I stroked your arm smelling of salt, scrubbed clean by the sea air.
Hand me my smelling salts .
Pass the smelling salts - to Belichick, too.
I has so much trouble rousing my old dog, Leo, for his final pee that I had to resort to "doggy smelling salts " to get him up.
Hand me my smelling salts.
NORTH SALT LAKE – A chemical smell at the city's water plant, 40 E 1100 North, caused a North Salt Lake city employee to be sent to the hospital and 1100 North to be shut down for about three hours on Monday afternoon.
I just photographed the rosemary salt for this article and my office smells heavenly.
I has so much trouble rousing my old dog, Leo, for his final pee that I had to resort to "doggy smelling salts" to get him up.