odor

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n odor any property detected by the olfactory system
    • n odor the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form "she loved the smell of roses"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cows can detect odors up to five miles away
    • n Odor ō"dẽr Any smell, whether fragrant or offensive; scent; perfume. "Meseemed I smelt a garden of sweet flowers,
      That dainty odors from them threw around."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Coffee, along with beer and peanut butter, is on the national list of the "ten most recognizable odors."
    • n odor Scent; fragrance; smell, whether pleasant or offensive: when used without a qualifying adjunct, the word usually denotes an agreeable smell.
    • n odor Figuratively, repute; reputation; esteem: as, to be in bad odor with one's acquaintances.
    • n odor Synonyms Scent, Perfume, etc. See smell, n.
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Quotations

  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted.”
  • Eric Hoffer
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    “Self-esteem and self-contempt have specific odors; they can be smelled.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. odor, odour, OF. odor, odour, F. odeur, fr. L. odor,; akin to olere, to smell, Gr. 'o`zein, Lith. ůsti,. Cf. Olfactory Osmium Ozone Redolent

Usage

In literature:

Everything was cooked by hot air and under cover, so that no odor was perceptible in the room.
"Mizora: A Prophecy" by Mary E. Bradley
It was a long time since we had smelled that odor.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
Shif'less Sol sniffed the odor.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He exhaled a strong odor of alkalies, and, thanks to his chemical manipulations, his fingers were every color of the rainbow.
"Jack" by Alphonse Daudet
As they advanced the odor of burning wood grew stronger.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
As Norman's mouth began to water, and he turned to the bread bag, a new odor caught his nostrils.
"On the Edge of the Arctic" by Harry Lincoln Sayler
Hour after hour, as I sat close to the nest, I was aware of this odor, sometimes subtle, again wafted in strong successive waves.
"Edge of the Jungle" by William Beebe
Pleasant odors arose from pots and kettles.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Don't take it up in your hand, for it will impregnate your fingers with a sickening odor.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
It was a quaint room, full of the odor of a by-gone time.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
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In poetry:

And yet you could not then divine
The promise in that gift of mine, --
In those bright blooms and odors sweet,
I laid this volume at your feet.
"Dedication" by Henry Timrod
And yet you could not then divine
The promise in that gift of mine, —
In those bright blooms and odors sweet,
I laid this volume at your feet.
"To Fairy" by Henry Timrod
O'er orange orchards and the rose
Vague, odorous lips the south wind blows,
Peopling the night with whispers of
Romance and palely passionate love.
"Senorita" by Madison Julius Cawein
If flowers that bloom no more are here,
Their odors still around us cling--
And though the loved are lost-still dear,
Their memories may wake the string.
"Remembrance" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
Only the beings who flit thro' the groves
Where the bright Peri of Paradise roves,
Find in their regions of beauty divine
Beauties or odors outrivaling thine.
"To The Pearl Vested Spikenard" by Henry Pelham Holmes Bromwell
"When I went away," she murmurs, sobbing,
"All my violet-banks were starred with blue;
Who, O, who has been here, basely robbing
Bloom and odor from the fragrant crew?
"April" by Susan Coolidge

In news:

Removing mothball odor from furniture.
That usually causes the odor to go deeper into the wood.
Neutering at this time helps decrease the odor of the urine.
Are there any with no odor.
Genesee County Parks hosting contest to find most odorous sneakers.
View full size File Photo This shoe was among the ones judged during the Michigan Odor Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest in 2008.
Turkey-oil plant closed due to foul odors.
Olfactory function appears to be influenced by repeated odor stimulation.
Drake Stimson, a marketing director at Procter & Gamble, credits ZMET for the unexpected success of Fabreez, an odor-removing fabric spray, though he declined to say exactly what Mr Zaltman's research had revealed.
A bad odor and taste in the well water has some residents in a neighborhood east of Andover concerned.
Geodeo has been specially formulated to be 97% natural while also providing odor protection.
Officers were called to the Diamond Mine Mini Storage, in the 100 block of Guthrie Lane, after a caller reported a suspicious odor coming from a storage unit, according to Brentwood police Lt Ben Tolero.
Odor In School Bathroom Leads To Evacuation.
A catering business that North Fair Oaks neighbors blame for causing odors, noise, parking and traffic problems must comply with "urgency" regulations, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors unanimously decided on Tuesday.
Many people have been wondering what the strange odor in the air has been.
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In science:

This work was continued by Dall’Asta et al., using the Vincovic-Kirman version , and by Odor using one T1 for tolerance and another T2 for external noise.
Urban segregation with cheap and expensive residences
Odor, G. 2004 Universality classes in nonequilibrium lattice systems.
Complexity and anisotropy in host morphology make populations safer against epidemic outbreaks
Juh´asz and G. ´Odor private communication).
Renormalization group study of random quantum magnets
Could humans recognize odor by phonon assisted tunneling? Phys.
Non-classicality of molecular vibrations activating electronic dynamics at room temperature
Odor, On the critical behavior of a lattice prey-predator model, Phys.
Evolutionary ecology in-silico: Does mathematical modelling help in understanding the "generic" trends?
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