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Definition of Smell


  1. To perceive by the olfactory nerves, or organs of smell; to have a sensation of, excited through the nasal organs when affected by the appropriate materials or qualities; to obtain the scent of; as, to smell a rose; to smell perfumes.
  2. To detect or perceive, as if by the sense of smell; to scent out; -- often with out.
  3. To give heed to.
  4. To affect the olfactory nerves; to have an odor or scent; -- often followed by of; as, to smell of smoke, or of musk.
  5. To have a particular tincture or smack of any quality; to savor; as, a report smells of calumny.
  6. To exercise the sense of smell.
  7. To exercise sagacity.
  8. The sense or faculty by which certain qualities of bodies are perceived through the instrumentally of the olfactory nerves. See Sense.
  9. The quality of any thing or substance, or emanation therefrom, which affects the olfactory organs; odor; scent; fragrance; perfume; as, the smell of mint.

Smell Quotations

You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
Walter Hagen

Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.
Ashley Smith

What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
William Shakespeare

Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love.
Lucinda Franks

To me, the smell of fresh-made coffee is one of the greatest inventions.
Hugh Jackman
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Smell Translations

smell in Afrikaans is reuk, geur, ruik
smell in Danish is lugte, lugt, stinke
smell in Dutch is stinken, vies ruiken
smell in Finnish is haistaa
smell in French is sentir, odorat, pifer, flairer
smell in German is riechen, riechen, Geruch, dufte
smell in Italian is profumo, odorato, odoro
smell in Latin is nidor
smell in Norwegian is lukte
smell in Portuguese is cheiro
smell in Spanish is apestar, oler
smell in Swedish is os, dofta, lukta, lukt, osa
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