Associations to the word «Smell»


SMELL, noun. A sensation, pleasant or unpleasant, detected by inhaling air (or, the case of water-breathing animals, water) carrying airborne molecules of a substance.
SMELL, noun. (physiology) The sense that detects odours.
SMELL, verb. (transitive) To sense a smell or smells.
SMELL, verb. (intransitive) To have a particular smell, whether good or bad; if descriptive, followed by "like" or "of".
SMELL, verb. (intransitive) (without a modifier) To smell bad; to stink.
SMELL, verb. (intransitive) (figurative) To have a particular tincture or smack of any quality; to savour.
SMELL, verb. (obsolete) To exercise sagacity.
SMELL, verb. To detect or perceive; often with out.
SMELL, verb. (obsolete) To give heed to.
SMELL A RAT, verb. (idiomatic) To sense something suspicious.
SMELL BLOOD, verb. (idiomatic) To sense that one has an advantage over an adversary or rival.
SMELL BLOOD IN THE WATER, verb. Alternative form of smell blood
SMELL FISHY, verb. To seem suspicious
SMELL FOX, noun. A parallel name for wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa).
SMELL LIKE A ROSE, verb. (idiomatic) (colloquial) (simile) To be regarded as appealing, virtuous, or respectable; to be untainted or unharmed.
SMELL OF AN OILY RAG, noun. (idiomatic) (Australia) (New Zealand) A very small amount, or the absolute minimum (usually of money).
SMELL OF THE LAMP, verb. (idiomatic) (archaic) To bear marks of great study and labor.
SMELL OF THE SHOP, verb. To indicate too distinctively one's occupation or profession.
SMELL TEST, noun. (idiomatic) An informal method for determining whether something is authentic, credible, or ethical, by using one's common sense or sense of propriety.
SMELL TEST, noun. An inspection of an object using the sense of smell, as for freshness of food.
SMELL TEST, noun. (physiology) An assessment of a subject's ability to detect and distinguish odors.
SMELL TESTS, noun. Plural of smell test
SMELL THE BARN, verb. (chiefly US) (idiomatic) To experience heightened anticipation or to act with renewed speed or energy as one approaches a destination, goal, or other desired outcome, like a livestock animal at day's end returning to its barn.
SMELL THE ROSES, verb. Alternative form of stop and smell the roses
SMELL UP, verb. (idiomatic) (transitive) to fill up with an unpleasant odour
SMELL UP, verb. (idiomatic) (intransitive) to have an unpleasant odour

Dictionary definition

SMELL, noun. The sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form; "she loved the smell of roses".
SMELL, noun. Any property detected by the olfactory system.
SMELL, noun. The general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people; "the feel of the city excited him"; "a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"; "it had the smell of treason".
SMELL, noun. The faculty that enables us to distinguish scents.
SMELL, noun. The act of perceiving the odor of something.
SMELL, verb. Inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense.
SMELL, verb. Emit an odor; "The soup smells good".
SMELL, verb. Smell bad; "He rarely washes, and he smells".
SMELL, verb. Have an element suggestive (of something); "his speeches smacked of racism"; "this passage smells of plagiarism".
SMELL, verb. Become aware of not through the senses but instinctively; "I sense his hostility"; "i smell trouble"; "smell out corruption".

Wise words

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