verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- scenic railway,
- scenic reserve,
- scent gland,
- scent mark,
- scented orchid
Origin of scent
Examples from the Web for scent
Selling off the extras, I saw my neighbor marvel at the scent and murmur that he wished he could afford one.
He even claims that hen partridges conceive just by smelling the scent of males.
This is not the boisterous version of Pacino, the one we saw as Tony Montana in Scarface or as Frank Slade in Scent of a Woman.Al Pacino Does What He Wants to Do: 'The Humbling,' Scorsese, and That 'Scarface' Remake|Alex Suskind|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Unless, of course, everything he told us is “a big farce” to lead challengers off the scent.ESPN’s Bracket Champion Shares His March Madness Secrets|Ben Teitelbaum|March 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His movie career began in movies like Scent of a Woman (1992).
The music, the lights, the haze of smoke and the scent of food were depressing.Sally Bishop|E. Temple Thurston
He could scent the flower-like odour of her body and wrapping, even her hair.The Harvester|Gene Stratton Porter
These Hounds hunt both by scent and by sight, their scenting-power being developed to a remarkable degree.Sporting Dogs|Frank Townend Barton
He had risen out of his drug-created dreams, and was hot upon the scent of some new problem.The Lock And Key Library|Various
They have the senses of sight, hearing, and scent prodigiously developed.Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China|Evariste Regis Huc
Word Origin for scent
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.
see throw off, def. 3.