[ sent ]
/ sɛnt /
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.
verb (used with object)
to perceive or recognize by or as if by the sense of smell: to scent trouble.
to fill with an odor; perfume.
verb (used without object)
to hunt by the sense of smell, as a hound.
Origin of scent
1325–75; (v.) earlier sent, Middle English senten < Middle French sentir to smell < Latin sentīre to feel; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v. Cf. sense
scent·less, adjectivescent·less·ness, nounnon·scent·ed, adjectiveout·scent, verb (used with object)
o·ver·scent·ed, adjectiveun·scent·ed, adjectivewell-scent·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for unscented (1 of 2)
/ (ʌnˈsɛntɪd) /
not filled or impregnated with odour or fragrance
British Dictionary definitions for unscented (2 of 2)
/ (sɛnt) /
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; detectI 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
Derived Formsscented, adjectivescentless, adjectivescentlessness, noun
Word Origin for scent
C14: from Old French sentir to sense, from Latin sentīre to feel; see sense
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Idioms and Phrases with unscented
see throw off, def. 3.
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