from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Any of various preparations of ammonium carbonate and perfume, sniffed as a restorative or stimulant especially to relieve faintness and headache.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Plural form of smelling salt.
- n. ammonium carbonate, sometimes with added perfume, that is sniffed as a mild stimulant and to relieve fainting
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- An aromatic preparation of carbonate of ammonia and, often, some scent, to avoid or relieve faintness, headache, or the like.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A preparation of ammonium carbonate with some agreeable scent, as lavender or bergamot, used as a stimulant and restorative in faintness and for the relief of headache.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a pungent preparation of ammonium carbonate and perfume; sniffed as a stimulant to relieve faintness
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Harriet gasped, going so pale that George was compelled to exchange his handkerchief for the bottle of smelling salts Miss Terwilliger tossed to him.
“If I tell that old jar of smelling salts anything, it won’t be about her niece, ducks,” he said cheerfully, but his face was working and in the second before he turned away they caught an uneasy flicker in his big indeterminate-coloured eyes.