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Definition of Scent


  1. To perceive by the olfactory organs; to smell; as, to scent game, as a hound does.
  2. To imbue or fill with odor; to perfume.
  3. To have a smell.
  4. To hunt animals by means of the sense of smell.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. The power of smelling; the sense of smell; as, a hound of nice scent; to divert the scent.

Scent Quotations

No man can taste the fruits of autumn while he is delighting his scent with the flowers of spring.
Samuel Johnson

In small towns people scent the wind with noses of uncommon keenness.
Stephen King

Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.
Diane Ackerman

A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
Jean Cocteau

The fabled musk deer searches the world over for the source of the scent which comes from itself.
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Scent Translations

scent in Afrikaans is geur, reuk
scent in Danish is lugt
scent in Dutch is geur, luchtje, lucht, reuk
scent in French is fumet
scent in German is Duftstoff
scent in Italian is sostanza odorosa, odore
scent in Spanish is aroma

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