sniff

Definitions

  • The baby holding out the dog biscuit for the cow to sniff
    The baby holding out the dog biscuit for the cow to sniff
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sniff inhale audibly through the nose "the sick student was sniffling in the back row"
    • v sniff perceive by inhaling through the nose "sniff the perfume"
    • n sniff sensing an odor by inhaling through the nose
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It has been reported that some dogs are able to sniff out skin cancer. It's in a journal on Lancet. Click here
    • n Sniff The act of sniffing; perception by sniffing; that which is taken by sniffing; as, a sniff of air.
    • v. i Sniff To draw air audibly up the nose; to snuff; -- sometimes done as a gesture of suspicion, offense, or contempt. "So ye grow squeamish, gods, and sniff at heaven."
    • Sniff To draw in with the breath through the nose; as, to sniff the air of the country.
    • Sniff To perceive as by sniffing; to snuff, to scent; to smell; as, to sniff danger.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The kiwi has nostrils near the tip of its bill that allows it to sniff the ground for food.
    • sniff To draw air through the nose in short audible inspirations, as an expression of scorn; snuff: often with at.
    • sniff To draw in with the breath through the nose; smell of with an audible inhalation; snuff: as, to sniff the fragrance of a clover-field.
    • sniff To perceive as by snuffing; smell; scent: as, to sniff danger.
    • sniff To draw the breath through (the nose) in an unpleasantly audible manner.
    • n sniff The act of sniffing; a single short audible inspiration through the nose.
    • n sniff Perception of smell obtained by inhaling audibly; that which is taken by sniffing: as, a sniff of fresh air.
    • n sniff The sound produced by passing the breath through the nose with a quick effort; a short, quick snuffle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Sniff snif to draw in with the breath through the nose
    • v.i Sniff to snuff or draw in air sharply through the nose: to snuff
    • n Sniff perception of smell: a short sharp inhalation, or the sound made by such
    • n Sniff a sniff: : :
    • n Sniff (pl.) stoppage of the nasal passages in catarrh
    • n Sniff (slang) a dram
    • n Sniff (U.S.) a severe storm
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Quotations

  • Siegfried Sassoon
    Siegfried Sassoon
    “In me the tiger sniffs the rose.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sneven,; akin to snivel, snuff,; cf. Dan. snive, to sniff. See Snuff (v. t.)

Usage

In literature:

Some swim on their sides, some swim straight, some come up to take a sniff of air, and some stay below.
"Doctor Claudius, A True Story" by F. Marion Crawford
If ye want t' sniff, there 'll be plinty av time by an' by.
"Mike Flannery On Duty and Off" by Ellis Parker Butler
Indeed, if I mistake not, I begin to sniff the morning air already, and hark!
"Jorrocks' Jaunts and Jollities" by Robert Smith Surtees
His desire now was to sneak over to the chair and sniff at it.
"A Woman Named Smith" by Marie Conway Oemler
I can sniff it 'way down here.
"The Firing Line" by Robert W. Chambers
With a sniff of disgust Edgarton turned on his heel and strode off into his own room.
"Little Eve Edgarton" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
She threw down her glasses presently with a little sniff.
"The Honorable Miss" by L. T. Meade
They got it for an absurdly low sum, although folks said, with sniffs, that anything paid for that rag was too much.
"Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man" by Marie Conway Oemler
To open a strange bottle like that and sniff at it!
"The Voice in the Fog" by Harold MacGrath
You are on duty at seven," he went on, "but I guess a sniff of air won't do you any harm.
"Dorothy Dale's Camping Days" by Margaret Penrose
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In poetry:

"But they whine at the window, O'Farrell,
How they sniff at the pane!"
"Oh, it is but the wind in its passing,
The wild wind and the rain."
"The Sea Hounds" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
A very good thing for farmers
If they would learn my way;
For crops are all that a good field grows,
And nothing is worse than a sniff of rose
In the good strong smell of hay.
"One Who Rejects Christ" by John Crowe Ransom
One has a probe—it feels to me a crowbar.
A small boy sniffs and shudders after bluestone.
A poor old tramp explains his poor old ulcers.
Life is (I think) a blunder and a shame.
"Waiting" by William Ernest Henley
No priest was hired for the play this night:
And the squire tossed head like a deer
At sniff of the tainted wind; he gazed
Where cresset-lamps in a door were raised,
Belike on a passing bier.
"The Young Princess -- A Ballad Of Old Laws Of Love" by George Meredith
And is it true that only now
Life lifts from her heroic brow
The smothering shroud of deadly peace,
And laughs to sniff the morning air,
And bids a thousand bonfires flare
The news of her release?
"For Valour" by John Le Gay Brereton
In me the cave-man clasps the seer,
And garlanded Apollo goes
Chanting to Abraham’s deaf ear.
In me the tiger sniffs the rose.
Look in my heart, kind friends, and tremble,
Since there your elements assemble.
"In Me, Past, Present, Future meet" by Siegfried Sassoon

In news:

Make Your Own Scratch-And- Sniff Map.
A Sniff of Your Sweetie.
That's right, scratch-and- sniff newspapers.
With that, Fido raised his nose, put in a few hearty sniffs , and off we went to somewhere else.
The Sheridan Dog and Cat Shelter is looking for volunteers to help with the 2nd annual Scratch-N- Sniff Fun Day that will take place Saturday, September 18th at Kendrick Park in Sheridan.
I Wish We Had "Scratch & Sniff " Internet.
Does anyone sniff a blowout.
Two buds sniff out the good stuff in California wine country.
PHOTOS World's First Computer Generated Scratch and Sniff Gallery.
Photos of Erky the K9 sniffer , and a vial of those creepy bedbugs > Sniff K9's website.
P&G pack has squeeze & sniff feature.
Giant European Robofish Sniff Out Ocean Pollutants Autonomously.
Citizens asks customers to do sniff test with bill insert to detect natural gas.
Shanoff's WUC: LeBron Sniff Test: Wins or.
Uma Thurman Wants A Scratch & Sniff Malle Book.
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In science:

Pryor (2004) theorised that End Users test their spreadsheets by using the ‘sniff’ test.
Exploring Human Factors in Spreadsheet Development
However, Sniff must have two child subtasks, ToWall and FollowWall that were simply internal states of MSniff.
Hierarchical Reinforcement Learning with the MAXQ Value Function Decomposition
If the sensor device and the control/display do not use any encryption or use weak encryption in their communications, then it is possible for an adversary to eavesdrop and sniff medical data.
The Enemy Within: The Emerging Threats to Healthcare from Malicious Mobile Devices
Even in the hospital, we were able to sniff the packets without connecting to the WiFi network.
The Enemy Within: The Emerging Threats to Healthcare from Malicious Mobile Devices
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