Both coyotes paused within a few feet of one of the kids without either seeing or scenting it.
"That won't do, Cricket," said Auntie Jean, scenting mischief.
Hearing, scenting or sensing pursuit, Ben Akbar swung all the way around.
Attracted by Foma's loud words, the public looked at them, scenting a scandal.
It was certain now that there were no dogs, as, scenting him, they would have given tongue earlier.
I should say that there was a couple of families been scenting my bullocks.
Another body of students, scenting sport and trouble from afar, was rapidly approaching from the direction of South College.
I saw that the wind was in my favour, and there was no danger of their scenting me.
scenting danger, the Queen calls upon them to subdue this "weakness," Celia retorts that "the weakness is so strong."
All night the wolves howled round us, as if scenting their prey.
late 14c., sent "to find the scent of," from Old French sentir "to feel, smell, touch, taste; realize, perceive; make love to," from Latin sentire " to feel, perceive, sense, discern, hear, see" (see sense (n.)).
Originally a hunting term. The -c- appeared 17c., perhaps by influence of ascent, descent, etc., or by influence of science. This was a tendency in early Modern English, cf. scythe, and also scite, scituate. Figurative use from 1550s. Transitive sense "impregnate with an odor, perfume" is from 1690s. Related: Scented; scenting.
late 14c., "scent, smell, what can be smelled" (as a means of pursuit by a hound), from scent (v.). Almost always applied to agreeable odors.