|—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]|
|—n , pl smelt, smelts|
|any marine or freshwater salmonoid food fish of the family Osmeridae, such as Osmerus eperlanus of Europe, having a long silvery body and occurring in temperate and cold northern waters|
|[Old English smylt; related to Dutch, Danish smelt, Norwegian smelta, German Schmelz]|
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.
|smelt (smělt) Pronunciation Key
To melt ores in order to extract the metals they contain. Oxide ores, such as iron ore, are smelted with carbon, which serves as a fuel and changes the ore into a reduced metal.