Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British Variant of odor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any smell, whether fragrant or offensive; scent; perfume.
  • n. Something which produces a scent; incense, a perfume.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. etc. See odor, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any property detected by the olfactory system
  • n. the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form

Etymologies

From Anglo-Norman and Old French odur, odor, odour, from Latin odor. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The gospel is incensed to signify the sweet odour which it communicates to our souls; and the ministers of God, to signify, according to St. Thomas, that God maketh manifest _the odour_ of his knowledge by us in every place: "For we are unto God _the good odour_ of Christ in them who are saved, and in them who perish".

    The Ceremonies of the Holy-Week at Rome

  • Are there effluvia analogous to what we call odour: effluvia of extreme subtlety, absolutely imperceptible to us, yet capable of stimulating a sense-organ far more sensitive than our own?

    Social Life in the Insect World

  • The odour is growing ever-stronger, and the application of industrial-grade disinfectant is well overdue. posted by Dr. Dawg at 4: 36 PM

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • Having breathalysed, with consent, people in my clinic (I am a consultant occupational physician) who smell of alcohol, it is surprising how often an odour translates to someone three or four times over the limit and with untreated alcohol dependence.

    Dear Jeremy

  • Since "length of time spent on the plane" and "lack of friends" are not in the graph, body odour is the independent variable.

    This seat's taken.

  • Surely since body odour is the independent variable it should be on the horizontal axis.

    This seat's taken.

  • In a study published recently in the journal Chemical Senses, researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University discovered that sensitivity to rose odour is greater in subjects that are sitting than in those lying down.

    February 2nd, 2006

  • And although they were tempted by the most delicious odour from the grain bins, they forced themselves most systematically to inspect the old-time warriors 'pillar-propped kitchen; their stone table and fireplace; the deep window-niches, and the hole in the floor – which in olden times had been opened to pour down boiling pitch on the intruding enemy.

    The Wonderful Adventures of Nils

  • Indeed, the absence of odour is considered by most people to be preferable even to a pleasing one.

    Janey Canuck in the West

  • To what extent she now identifies objects by their odour is hard to determine.

    The Story of My Life

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  • Also note definition #4.

    April 8, 2009

  • It's interesting how the definitions for odour are in a different order compared to the odor page.

    April 8, 2009