|—vb (often foll by of) (often foll by out) (foll by of) , smells, smelling, smelt, smelled|
|1.||(tr) to perceive the scent or odour of (a substance) by means of the olfactory nerves|
|2.||(copula) to have a specified smell; appear to the sense of smell to be: the beaches smell of seaweed; some tobacco smells very sweet|
|3.||to emit an odour (of): the park smells of flowers|
|4.||(intr) to emit an unpleasant odour; stink|
|5.||to detect through shrewdness or instinct|
|6.||(intr) to have or use the sense of smell; sniff|
|7.||to give indications (of): he smells of money|
|9.||(copula) to be or seem to be untrustworthy or corrupt|
|10.||smell a rat to detect something suspicious|
|11.||that sense (olfaction) by which scents or odours are perceivedRelated: olfactory|
|12.||anything detected by the sense of smell; odour; scent|
|13.||a trace or indication|
|14.||the act or an instance of smelling|
|[C12: of uncertain origin; compare Middle Dutch smölen to scorch]|
v. smelled or smelt (smělt), smell·ing, smells
To perceive the scent of something by means of the olfactory nerves. n.
The sense by which odors are perceived; the olfactory sense.
In addition to the idioms beginning with smell, also see come up (smelling like) roses; stink (smell) to high heaven.
the detection and identification by sensory organs of airborne chemicals. The concept of smell, as it applies to humans, becomes less distinct when invertebrates and lower vertebrates (fish and amphibians) are considered, because many lower animals detect chemicals in the environment by means of receptors in various locations on the body, and no invertebrate possesses a chemoreceptive structure resembling the vertebrate nasal cavity. For this reason, many authorities prefer to regard smell as distance chemoreception and taste as contact chemoreception.
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