from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A distinctive, often agreeable odor. See Synonyms at fragrance, smell.
- n. A perfume: an expensive French scent.
- n. An odor left by the passing of an animal.
- n. The trail of a hunted animal or fugitive.
- n. The sense of smell: a bear's keen scent.
- n. A hint of something imminent; a suggestion: caught the scent of a reconciliation.
- transitive v. To perceive or identify by the sense of smell: dogs scenting their prey.
- transitive v. To suspect or detect as if by smelling: scented danger.
- transitive v. To fill with a pleasant odor; perfume: when blossoms scent the air.
- intransitive v. To hunt prey by means of the sense of smell. Used of hounds.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A distinctive odour or smell.
- n. An odour left by an animal that may be used for tracing.
- n. The sense of smell.
- n. A perfume.
- n. Any trail or trace that can be followed to find something or someone.
- v. to detect the scent of
- v. to impart an odour to
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To perceive by the olfactory organs; to smell.
- transitive v. To imbue or fill with odor; to perfume.
- intransitive v. To have a smell.
- intransitive v. To hunt animals by means of the sense of smell.
- n. That which, issuing from a body, affects the olfactory organs of animals; odor; smell.
- n. Specifically, the odor left by an animal on the ground in passing over it; ; hence, course of pursuit; track of discovery.
- n. The power of smelling; the sense of smell.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To perceive or discern by the smell; smell: as, to scent game.
- To perceive in any way; especially, to have a faint inkling or suspicion of.
- To fill with smell, odor, or effluvium; cause to smell; make fragrant or stinking; perfume.
- To be or become scented; have odor; be odoriferous; smell.
- To hunt or pursue by scent.
- n. An effluvium from any body capable of affecting the olfactory sense and being perceived as a smell; anything that can be smelled; odor; smell; fragrance or perfume.
- n. A fragrant liquid distilled from flowers, etc., used to perfume the handkerchief and other articles of dress; a perfume.
- n. The sense of smell; the faculty of olfaction; smell: as, a hound of nice scent.
- n. The odoriferous trace of an animal's presence; the effluvium left by an animal in passing, by means of which it may be tracked or trailed by smell; hence, the track of such an animal; the course of its pursuit: as, to lose or recover the scent, as dogs: often used figuratively of any trace by which pursuit or inquiry of any kind can be guided.
- n. Scraps of paper strewed on the ground by the pursued in the boys' game of hare and hounds, or by the “fox” in a paper-hunt, to enable the pursuers to track them or him.
- n. Inkling; faint knowledge or suspicion.
- n. Specilically, the supposed faculty of discerning odors in some way distinct from ordinary physical means.
- n. = Syn.1. Odor, Fragrance, etc. See smell.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause to smell or be smelly
- v. catch the scent of; get wind of
- n. a distinctive odor that is pleasant
- n. any property detected by the olfactory system
- v. apply perfume to
- n. an odor left in passing by which a person or animal can be traced
Middle English sent, from senten, to scent, from Old French sentir, from Latin sentīre, to feel; see sent- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From c.1400 Old French sentir "to feel, perceive, smell," from Latin sentire "to feel, perceive, sense"; originally a hunting term. The -c- appeared 17c., possibly by influence of ascent, descent, etc., or by influence of science. (Wiktionary)