verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of scent
Synonyms for scent
Related Words for scentingwhiff, bouquet, essence, odor, perfume, aura, spice, balm, trail, tang, incense, track, fragrance, redolence, pheromone, discern, recognize, sense, nose, sniff
Examples from the Web for scenting
Historical Examples of scenting
At this Chaigneux, scenting a loan, collapsed into the most lavish thanks.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
It was a delightful anticipation--like scenting a new fancy drink.
Their great ears were erected and their trunks outstretched as if scenting the air.The Cat of Bubastes
G. A. Henty
The girl, scenting something strange, was already at his elbow.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
We were no sooner in than MacLachlan was scenting round and into this little house.John Splendid
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.