- the property of a substance that activates the sense of smell: to have an unpleasant odor.
- a sensation perceived by the sense of smell; scent.
- an agreeable scent; fragrance.
- a disagreeable smell.
- a quality or property characteristic or suggestive of something: An odor of suspicion surrounded his testimony.
- repute: in bad odor with the whole community.
- Archaic. something that has a pleasant scent.
Origin of odor
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Examples from the Web for odorless
And honestly, sitting downwind of the dogs, I'd realized my theory of the odorless wintertime Arctic didn't always hold.Visiting the Arctic Circle…Before It’s Irreversibly Changed
Terry Greene Sterling
April 1, 2014
First, they apply a small spot of odorless dye on the animal.How to Learn Self-Control
August 28, 2011
The men doing the sniffing were not told what was in the vial, and reported that the liquid was odorless.Why Women's Tears Turn Off Men
January 6, 2011
I have had a number of inquiries whether my skunks were odorless.
I will say they are not and it is not necessary to make them odorless.
They are tasteless, odorless, and infusible at ordinary temperature.Encyclopedia of Diet
Sometimes I think they should invent a brass polish that is odorless.Under the Law
Edwina Stanton Babcock
The gas is often odorless, but sometimes it is very offensive.
- the US spelling of odour
Word Origin and History for odorless
c.1300, from Anglo-French odour, from Old French odor "smell, perfume, fragrance" (12c., Modern French odeur) and directly from Latin odor "a smell, a scent" (pleasant or disagreeable), from PIE *od- "to smell" (cf. Latin olere "emit a smell, to smell of," with Sabine -l- for -d-; Greek ozein "to smell;" Armenian hotim "I smell;" Lithuanian uodziu "to smell").
Good or bad odor, in reference to repute, estimation, is from 1835. Odor of sanctity (1756) is from French odeur de sainteté (17c.) "sweet or balsamic scent said to be exhaled by the bodies of eminent saints at death or upon disinterment."
- The property or quality of a thing that affects, stimulates, or is perceived by the sense of smell.
- A sensation, stimulation, or perception of the sense of smell.