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Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v reek be wet with sweat or blood, as of one's face
    • v reek smell badly and offensively "The building reeks of smoke"
    • v reek have an element suggestive (of something) "his speeches smacked of racism","this passage smells of plagiarism"
    • v reek give off smoke, fumes, warm vapour, steam, etc. "Marshes reeking in the sun"
    • n reek a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Reek rēk A rick.
    • v. i Reek To emit vapor, usually that which is warm and moist; to be full of fumes; to steam; to smoke; to exhale. "Few chimneys reeking you shall espy.""I found me laid
      In balmy sweat, which with his beams the sun
      Soon dried, and on the reeking moisture fed."
      "The coffee rooms reeked with tobacco."
    • n Reek Vapor; steam; smoke; fume. "As hateful to me as the reek of a limekiln."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • reek To smoke; steam; exhale.
    • reek To smoke; expose to smoke.
    • n reek Smoke; vapor; steam; exhalation; fume.
    • n reek Incense.
    • n reek A rick; also, a small bundle of hay.
    • reek To emit an unpleasant or unhealthy smell; stink.
    • reek To cause to reek or smell offensively.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Reek rēk smoke: vapour
    • v.i Reek to emit smoke or vapour: to steam
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Quotations

  • Charles Lamb
    Charles%20Lamb
    “Were I Diogenes, I would not move out of a kilderkin into a hogshead, though the first had had nothing but small beer in it, and the second reeked claret.”
  • Rene Magritte
    Rene Magritte
    “The present reeks of mediocrity and the atom bomb.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. rēc,; akin to OFries. rēk, LG. & D. rook, G. rauch, OHG. rouh, Dan. rög, Sw. rök, Icel. reykr, and to AS. reócan, to reek, smoke, Icel. rjūka, G. riechen, to smell

Usage

In literature:

For as yet machinery and reeking factories had not besmirched the country-side.
"Mary Anerley" by R. D. Blackmore
This station is reeking with the smell of engine-grease, and I can drink it in and enjoy it.
"The Little Warrior" by P. G. Wodehouse
The papers fairly, reeked of it a year ago.
"Average Jones" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
The reek of hot tin from the dark lantern grew worse momentarily.
"The Gold Bat" by P. G. Wodehouse
Donacha's a clever fellow, and maype thinks it pest to sit next the chimley when the lum reeks.
"The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Volume 2, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
Donacha's a clever fellow, and maype thinks it pest to sit next the chimley when the lum reeks.
"The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
The cup is full; vengeance is at hand upon the oppressors and tyrants, the land reeks with British blood.
"Beric the Briton" by G. A. Henty
There will be some graves reeking with blood, watered by the tears of affection.
"The Great Conspiracy, Part 4" by John Alexander Logan
There will be some graves reeking with blood, watered by the tears of affection.
"The Great Conspiracy, Complete" by John Alexander Logan
He couldn't bring that man, unshaven and reeking of punch, to associate with his mother.
"The History of Pendennis" by William Makepeace Thackeray
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In poetry:

These whimperers--have they spared to us
One dripping woe, one reeking sin?
These thieves that shatter their own graves
To prove the soul is dead within.
"'Vulgarised'" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
I've rode o'er many a dreadful wave,
I've seen the reeking blood descend:
I've heard the last groans of the brave;--
The shipmate dear, the steady Friend.
"The French Mariner" by Robert Bloomfield
And we, and we, with breasts that smarted,
Knelt, lowly knelt, whilst firm ye stood,
From us and from affection parted,
In reek and smoke, in brothers’ blood!
"Miscellanies" by George Borrow
that taints the fresh breath of re-risen day
and reeks across the pale bewildered moon:
- shall we be cleans'd and how? I only pray,
red flame or deluge, may that end be soon!
""The yellow gas is fired from street to street. ."" by Christopher Brennan
Night, and the smell of the earth, and the blue reek lifting
Straight as a prayer from the plain.
Loose them, O Sleep, to the sun and the beech leaves drifting
And the stubble fields again!
"For All Prisoners And Captives" by Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall
Under the sweep of a fell the smoke-reek curls and drifts
Where a white-walled cottage stands nestling amid the green;
Kerry skies above arched with their azure rifts
Where a glint of sun peeps through to brighten the peaceful scene.
"A Kerry Day" by Clinton Scollard

In news:

George W.'s corporate scolding reeks of hypocrisy.
Lindsay Lohan's alleged victim says she was ' slurring ,' reeked of alcohol: Favorite People.
I have no information on the real backstory, but section 104 of a bill filed today reeks of disgruntlement with a hometown newspaper.
Like Obama's favorite imported Swiss cheese , it reeks.
But it reeks of a get-rich-quick approach.
Yes, politics reeks of hate with spins on how it all went wrong.
Think our tasting notes reek of craft beer snobbery.
The place reeks of leather and failure.
Critical TV ad reeks of candidate's desperation .
He reeks of desperation .
Paternos' appeal reeks of desperation .
Did Kim Kardashian's bra tweet reek of desperation , or prove she's just one of the gals.
Hamas justice system 'reeks of injustice ,' rights group says.
The screaming deals, cluttered Black Friday ads and outrageous doorbusters all reeked of desperation.
I've been too nervous about putting my relationship in jeopardy, and the offers I've received have reeked of trouble.
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In science:

Het grappige is dat deze reeks grafisch ge¨ınterpreteerd kan worden, zie Fig. 1.5.
Topological Strings and Quantum Curves
Figuur 1.5: In deze reeks voor de partitiefunctie Z (τ ) geeft het aantal diagrammen met k vierkantjes de numerieke factor voor de term qk aan.
Topological Strings and Quantum Curves
De fysica achter deze reeks heeft te maken met de kleinst mogelijke deeltjes.
Topological Strings and Quantum Curves
Using this approach the statistical properties of these singularities were analysed by Meneguz & Reeks (2011).
Inertial-particle dynamics in turbulent flows: caustics, concentration fluctuations, and random uncorrelated motion
The authors of these papers decomposed inertial particle velocities into two contributions: a spatially correlated, smoothly varying ‘filtered’ velocity field, and a random, spatially and temporally uncorrelated contribution, commonly referred to as ‘random uncorrelated motion’ (Reeks et al. 2006, Masi et al. 2011).
Inertial-particle dynamics in turbulent flows: caustics, concentration fluctuations, and random uncorrelated motion
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