a distinctive odor, especially when agreeable: the scent of roses.
an odor left in passing, by means of which an animal or person may be traced.
a track or trail as or as if indicated by such an odor: The dogs lost the scent and the prisoner escaped.
the sense of smell: a remarkably keen scent.
small pieces of paper dropped by the hares in the game of hare and hounds.
to perceive or recognize by or as if by the sense of smell: to scent trouble.
to fill with an odor; perfume.
to hunt by the sense of smell, as a hound.
- scentless, adjective
- scent·less·ness, noun
- non·scent·ed, adjective
- outscent, verb (used with object)
- o·ver·scent·ed, adjective
- un·scent·ed, adjective
- well-scented, adjective
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How to use scent in a sentence
The creator simply asked whether other people can smell the disgusting scent of dead ants on the sidewalk.Why can some people smell ants? Here’s the answer to TikTok’s latest mystery. | Rachael Zisk | November 18, 2020 | Popular-Science
Common scents used for training include rose, lemon, clove and eucalyptus.When coffee smells like gasoline: Covid isn’t just stealing senses — it may be warping them | Allyson Chiu | November 5, 2020 | Washington Post
This tigress is rubbing herself against an ancient Manchurian fir tree, leaving her scent to mark her territory.Check out the breathtaking winners of the 2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest | Rachael Zisk | October 20, 2020 | Popular-Science
As many people can personally attest, the experience of scents is inherently variable.Our Mind-Boggling Sense of Smell - Issue 91: The Amazing Brain | Ann-Sophie Barwich | October 14, 2020 | Nautilus
The drop in air temperature and humidity also gives those natural seasonal scents a moment to shine, as opposed to in summer, when the stenches like rotting garbage crowd our nostrils.
Sage and sausage patty came next, served between cumin scented Buttermilk biscuits and smothered in a black pepper country gravy.Dinner at Nitehawk Cinema: ‘Christmas Vacation’ and a Beer in a Pear Tree | Rich Goldstein | December 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She was obsessed with the flower-printed, scented toilet paper.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State | Lizzie Crocker | October 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Tessie rose, unrolled her scented handkerchief, and taking a bit of gum from a knot in the hem, placed it in her mouth.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show | Robert W. Chambers | February 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Last two words are written in invisible ink but can be easily discerned if Australian law books are held over scented candles.Up to a Point: 2013 in Review and Predictions for 2014 | P. J. O’Rourke | January 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The fashionable gift was scented candles, some costing $150 each.Up to a Point: 2013 in Review and Predictions for 2014 | P. J. O’Rourke | January 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The air was keen and scented, wafting the smell of the wooded islands that hung about us in the darkening air.Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
The most poignant test, however, came when port was reached and the scented land-wind met his nostrils with the—Spring.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
In the tropics the tobacco field may be scented from afar, as its odors are wafted on the breeze.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
A scented note unopened on the dressing table can cause more unhappiness to your wife than the loss of his country to a king.The Fifth String | John Philip Sousa
I looked up and there was a stag whose nostrils were quivering with excitement as if he scented the music.Kari the Elephant | Dhan Gopal Mukerji
British Dictionary definitions for scent
a distinctive smell, esp a pleasant one
a smell left in passing, by which a person or animal may be traced
a trail, clue, or guide
an instinctive ability for finding out or detecting
another word (esp Brit) for perfume
(tr) to recognize or be aware of by or as if by the smell
(tr) to have a suspicion of; detect: I scent foul play
(tr) to fill with odour or fragrance
(intr) (of hounds, etc) to hunt by the sense of smell
to smell (at): the dog scented the air
- scented, adjective
- scentless, adjective
- scentlessness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with scent
see throw off, def. 3.
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