scent

Definitions

  • "'It was fortunate that we put them off the scent.'"
    "'It was fortunate that we put them off the scent.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v scent apply perfume to "She perfumes herself every day"
    • v scent catch the scent of; get wind of "The dog nosed out the drugs"
    • v scent cause to smell or be smelly
    • n scent any property detected by the olfactory system
    • n scent an odor left in passing by which a person or animal can be traced
    • n scent a distinctive odor that is pleasant
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A WILY DETECTIVE ON THE WRONG SCENT A WILY DETECTIVE ON THE WRONG SCENT
Scenting the Battle from afar Scenting the Battle from afar

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The fur of the binturong, also known as the "Asian Bear Cat," smells like popcorn. The scent is believed to come from a gland located near the tail
    • Scent Specifically, the odor left by an animal on the ground in passing over it; as, dogs find or lose the scent ; hence, course of pursuit; track of discovery. "He gained the observations of innumerable ages, and traveled upon the same scent into Ethiopia."
    • Scent That which, issuing from a body, affects the olfactory organs of animals; odor; smell; as, the scent of an orange, or of a rose; the scent of musk. "With lavish hand diffuses scents ambrosial."
    • Scent The power of smelling; the sense of smell; as, a hound of nice scent; to divert the scent .
    • Scent To have a smell. "Thunderbolts . . . do scent strongly of brimstone."
    • Scent To hunt animals by means of the sense of smell.
    • Scent To imbue or fill with odor; to perfume. "Balm from a silver box distilled around,
      Shall all bedew the roots, and scent the sacred ground."
    • Scent To perceive by the olfactory organs; to smell; as, to scent game, as a hound does. "Methinks I scent the morning air."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Anise is the scent on the artificial rabbit that is used in greyhound races
    • scent To perceive or discern by the smell; smell: as, to scent game.
    • scent To perceive in any way; especially, to have a faint inkling or suspicion of.
    • scent To fill with smell, odor, or effluvium; cause to smell; make fragrant or stinking; perfume.
    • scent To be or become scented; have odor; be odoriferous; smell.
    • scent To hunt or pursue by scent.
    • n scent An effluvium from any body capable of affecting the olfactory sense and being perceived as a smell; anything that can be smelled; odor; smell; fragrance or perfume.
    • n scent A fragrant liquid distilled from flowers, etc., used to perfume the handkerchief and other articles of dress; a perfume.
    • n scent The sense of smell; the faculty of olfaction; smell: as, a hound of nice scent.
    • n scent The odoriferous trace of an animal's presence; the effluvium left by an animal in passing, by means of which it may be tracked or trailed by smell; hence, the track of such an animal; the course of its pursuit: as, to lose or recover the scent, as dogs: often used figuratively of any trace by which pursuit or inquiry of any kind can be guided.
    • n scent Scraps of paper strewed on the ground by the pursued in the boys' game of hare and hounds, or by the “fox” in a paper-hunt, to enable the pursuers to track them or him.
    • n scent Inkling; faint knowledge or suspicion.
    • n scent Specilically, the supposed faculty of discerning odors in some way distinct from ordinary physical means.
    • n scent = Syn.1. Odor, Fragrance, etc. See smell.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are five million scent receptors located in a human beings nose
    • v.t Scent sent to discern by the sense of smell: to perfume: to have some suspicion of
    • v.i Scent to become odoriferous: to smell
    • n Scent a perfume: odour: sense of smell: chase followed by the scent: course of pursuit: scraps of paper strewed on the ground by the pursued in the boys' game of hare and hounds
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Quotations

  • W. H. Auden
    W.%20H.%20Auden
    “A man has his distinctive personal scent which his wife, his children and his dog can recognize. A crowd has a generalized stink. The public is odorless.”

Idioms

Scent blood - If you can scent blood, you feel that a rival is having difficulties and you are going to beat them.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Originally sent, fr. F. sentir, to feel, to smell. See Sense

Usage

In literature:

It lasts for all time with those who once sniff the scent of its delicious breath.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Uncas, Uncas, your behavior was more like that of a curious woman than of a warrior on his scent.
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
Even as I think of smells, my nose is full of scents that start awake sweet memories of summers gone and ripening grain fields far away.
"The World I Live In" by Helen Keller
The scent of flowers had something sad in its sweetness (as flower-scents often have); the sunset light suggested solemn thoughts.
"A Vanished Hand" by Sarah Doudney
Then, as if they had scented trouble, Mr. and Mrs.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
A pungent fragrance filled the air, and Daoud realized that the candles were scented.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
That night Dickie slept in sheets of the finest linen, scented with lavender.
"Harding's luck" by E. [Edith] Nesbit
She was sweet and fresh with the night air, and sweet with the scent of grain.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
The plant is rigid, but brittle, and strong-scented.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Then he became aware that the letter was subtly scented.
"Cleo The Magnificent" by Louis Zangwill
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In poetry:

I found thee, like the eglantine,
Sweet, simple, and apart;
And, from that hour, thy smile hath been
The flower that scents my heart.
"A Wild Rose" by Alfred Austin
The wild-rose briar is sweet in the spring,
Its summer blossoms scent the air;
Yet wait till winter comes again
And who will call the wild-briar fair?
"Love and Friendship" by Emily Jane Bronte
When the waves at sunset shine,
We may hear thy voice, amidst thousands more,
In the scented woods of our glowing shore,
But we shall not know 'tis thine!
"The Bird's Release" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
The sounds and the scents that float by us —
They cannot tell whither they go;
Yet, however it fails of its errand,
Love makes the world sweeter, I know.
"In The Air" by Lucy Larcom
Only in August my heart was aflame,
Catching the scent of your Wind-stirred hair,
Now, though you spread it to soften my sleep
Through the night, I should hardly care.
"When Love Is Over" by Laurence Hope
And now.... It can not be! and yet
To feel 'tis so!--In heart and brain
To know 'tis so!--while warm and wet
I seem to smell those scents again,
Verbena-scents and rain.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part III" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Strange Scent Haunts NBC Studio as Roker Fetes Mystery Novel .
The walls were a soothing blue with tan acents, potpourri filled the bathrooms with flower scent.
Even though I use self-tanner only on my legs, the scent wafts upward, annoying me all day.
Many young people can correctly identify the age of a person based on their scent.
Forget the pricey plane ticket, and check out the scents and sounds of Greece this weekend.
BJ Papas makes it possible for beer to annex just about every part of your life: beer-scented candles, anyone.
Scent 'has an effect on our soul', says perfumer .
Every man loves the sweet scent of barbecue.
Jagged Heart Scents & Crafts.
D'Arcy Egan, The Plain Dealer A hard-charging English pointer is transformed into a dramatic statue in the hunting fields by the delightful scent of a game bird.
So many of us revel when it rains so we can enjoy the scent of the earth.
Touted on site as 'pork- scented lather of the gods'.
Bacon- scented shaving cream hits market.
You're in luck, with the recent release of a bacon- scented shaving cream.
The scent of this playdough brought even my 9-year-old running.
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In science:

Scents are the means of global communication among modules.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
Thus, smaller values indicate a stronger scent, and a scent gradient is created throughout the structure.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
If in SEARCH mode, propagate scent and move along scent gradient.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
The node scent threshold was T = 12 and maximum branch count B = 6.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
If in SEARCH mode, propagate both scents and move along the regular scent gradient.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
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