- a preparation for smelling, essentially of ammonium carbonate with some agreeable scent, used as a stimulant and restorative.
Origin of smelling salts
Examples from the Web for smelling salts
Historical Examples of smelling salts
Bracondale said, turning to them just as Miss Oliver returned with the bottle of smelling-salts.The White Lie
William Le Queux
She leant back and fanned herself, taking out her smelling-salts.The Twelfth Hour
Grace vanished again, and was back in two minutes with water and smelling-salts.Peggy
Laura E. Richards
A woman has no right to have any emotions that cannot be cured by smelling-salts!The Sorrows of Satan
He took a bottle of smelling-salts from the mantelpiece and smelt it.The Revolution in Tanner's Lane
- a pungent preparation containing crystals of ammonium carbonate that has a stimulant action when sniffed in cases of faintness, headache, etc
- Any of various preparations of ammonium carbonate and perfume, sniffed as a restorative or stimulant especially to relieve faintness and headache.